The End of America?
Our disregard for human life will be our downfall
Mother Teresa quote
Mother Teresa said that Roe vs Wade had "deformed a great nation." She is holding an armless child.
abortion in america
She called abortion "the greatest destroyer of peace today" because "it is a war against the child - a direct killing of the innocent child - murder by the mother herself." Mother Teresa never turned away any child that came to her for any reason.

THE END OF AMERICA?

This election will come down to one thing: abortion. The American people will decide if they choose life or death (Deuteronomy 30:19). How they decide will determine if America has any future at all.

If you look up infanticide on Wikipedia, one thing you'll learn is that the deliberate killing of infants has been practiced on every continent, by every nation, tribe and people group, within every religion, with two exceptions - Judaism and Christianity, which both strictly forbid it. But they're the only ones. Historically, in the eyes of the rest of the world, killing infants is okay. But among Jews and Christians, it has been a moral and social crime - until now.

The Bible speaks of spilling "innocent blood," and it speaks of it in very grave terms. The punishment connected with it is the most severe in scripture: death. Not only does God hold the individuals responsible, He holds the entire nation responsible (Deuteronomy 19:10-13). So tell me, what is more innocent than the blood of helpless children? And what children are more helpless than the unborn? Yet, Jews and Christians are divided among themselves on the subject of abortion. It's interesting that scientists all agree that life begins at inception - there is no debate among them. So, what is our problem?

After my last email regarding Randy Alcorn's article on the role of abortion in this election, I received several hysterical emails. In one of them, a Christian lady asked me why we were worrying about abortion when there were soldiers dying in Iraq? I told her that was an absurd comparison because, first of all, the soldiers in Iraq volunteered; the babies being aborted did not. Soldiers are glad, even proud, to be doing what they can to serve their country; aborted babies are not. And, do you really want to compare 3,000 deaths in Iraq over the past seven years with over 1 million deaths per year in the United States alone from abortion? Have we totally and absolutely lost our minds?

Someone else, a Christian, thought Alcorn's article was "baloney" and "pure crap." I pursued that one. It turns out, even though he said he was pro-life, he didn't believe there would be any negative fallout from Obama's Freedom of Choice Act. He felt the Constitution would protect any doctors, nurses, social workers, protesters, parents, pastors, etc. that might be affected by it. Really. The Constitution hasn't protected the unborn who's lives are being taken from them every day. Why should it protect anyone else the abortionists decide to go after, with the blessings of a pro-abortion President? We are not thinking clearly, we are being too emotional, and we are being terribly naive if we think we cannot lose our Constitutional rights.

Let me share with you some of the negative fallout that has come to leaders and nations who have practiced infanticide in the past. Let me start with two of the most infamous examples: Egypt and Carthage.

In Egypt, before Moses was born, when the Children of Israel were slaves to the Egyptians, they were reproducing at such an alarming rate that Pharaoh commanded the Hebrew midwives to kill any male babies that were born. (Sound familiar, China?) Exodus 1:17,20,22 says, "But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the King of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live... So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty... Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, 'Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive.'" You'll remember the scene from Prince Of Egypt in which Moses learned of the fate of the Hebrew boys: it is the most haunting in the film.

What happened to Pharaoh and Egypt? For all intents and purposes, Egypt was destroyed as a nation by the Ten Plagues that Moses called down upon them, while Pharaoh lost his firstborn son in the last plague. The Egyptian army was drowned in the Red Sea. The Children of Israel won their freedom and spoiled Egypt, stripping it of every valuable. Egypt never again played any major role on the world stage: they became a source of chariots for other nations, and a retreat for the Roman Caesars. They are, in essence, a museum piece today.

Carthage, you will remember, once shared the preeminence with Rome as the most powerful and wealthy city on earth. They were descendants of the Canaanites, and, as such, practiced child sacrifice in profusion. According to Wikipedia, the "charred bones of thousands of infants have been found in Carthaginian archaeological sites," and "one such area harbored as many as 20,000 burial urns."

What happened to Carthage? Rome leveled it. You will remember the scene in Gladiator in which they recreate in the Coliseum the destruction of Carthage by Scipio, grandson of Scipio Africanus, in 146 BC. Once it was destroyed, Scipio pronounced a curse upon anyone who tried to rebuild it. Augustus Caesar, ignoring the curse, did so; but the second Carthage was later destroyed by Arabs, never to rise again.

Another famous "baby-killer" was Herod the Great, King of Israel, who had all the males under two years of age in Bethlehem destroyed, hoping to kill the Christ child in the process. But God warned Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt, thus saving Jesus from that fate. What happened to Herod and to Israel? Herod the Great died from some terrifying disease, which is described in gory detail by the historian Josephus (Antiquities Of The Jews, Book 17, Chapter 6), and which he says was "God's judgement on him for his sins." Herod's son, Herod Antipas, who mocked Christ in His trial, also died a most excruciating death. According to Acts 12:23, "And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died." And Israel? Again, leveled by the Romans.

I could keep going. My point is, every leader and nation who has engaged in infanticide in the past has ended badly. So, what will be the fate of America if Barak Obama, who has promised to make abortion the law of the land, is elected in November? Personally, I wouldn't give two cents for the man or the nation. It will be, in effect, the end of both. That includes the individuals who elect him, by the way, since God holds everyone involved in infanticide responsible. Will their demise come immediately? Probably not. But when it comes, it will be bad.

Here's what Mother Teresa of Calcutta had to say about abortion in America, in case you've forgotten:

"America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts – a child – as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners.

"Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign." Mother Teresa ("Notable and Quotable," Wall Street Journal, 2/25/94, p. A14)

"But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child - a direct killing of the innocent child - murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love, and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts.

"Jesus gave even his life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion should be helped to love - that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble.

"So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion." Mother Teresa

"It is poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish." Mother Teresa

"Please don't kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted, and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child, and be loved by the child. From our children's home in Calcutta alone, we have saved over 3,000 children from abortions. These children have brought such love and joy to their adopting parents, and have grown up so full of love and joy!" Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa once told of a night when the bell at her house rang very late. "I went down to the door," she said, "and there was a small boy crying. He said 'I went to my father and he did not want me. I went to my mother and she did not want me. I knew you would want me, so I came to you.'"

"For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me up." Psalm 27:10

"The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted." Mother Teresa

According to the Bible, one of the first people to recognize Christ's divinity was a child in his mother's womb. (John the Baptist - he lept when his mother Elizabeth was visited by Mary.) Please pray for the millions of unborn children being destroyed in their own mothers' wombs. More than 1 in 5 children's lives end in abortion.

The fate of America is in our hands. This election is not about the economy or the war: it is about the lives of millions of children. I pray to God that we do the right thing.

Waitsel

Waitsel Smith, October 27, 2008

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