Where Have All the Babies Gone?
by Ray Harmer
I heard on the news the other day that our nation experienced the lowest birth rate in many years in 2017. Most of us would acknowledge that and move on; however, should we not question the reason? Do we want to take every word from the media as gospel? Heaven forbid! We have become as sheep to the slaughter. We are so wrapped up in worldly pursuits that we have lost our sense of “reason”. Paul writes in Acts 17:11 speaking of the Bereans, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” The Thessalonicans were lackadaisical in their Scripture reading. They did not compare the preaching to Scripture.
It should remind us to pay attention to what we hear and question its validity. Paul is certainly not suggesting questioning the Bible. Rather he is showing that the Bereans were making sure the conveyors of God’s Word were spot on. Most preachers love sincere seekers of the truth.
If we are to question preachers how much more the media? Most of them are non-believers and have a disdain for God. We should ask why the birth rate is lower? Because many conceived babies are not making it to birth! Simply put they are aborted. This is a terrible stain upon our nation. The Bible is clear that God, and Him alone, is the Giver, Sustainer and Taker of life. In our reading from Ps.71:5-6 God says, “For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth. By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee,” Is. 44:2a, “Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb…,” and Jer. 1:5a, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee….”
Clearly God knows us individually prior to conception. Oh, the disappointment God must feel for these national sins. We cannot expect blessing with such a scourge upon our land. It could explain why our country is no longer protected from many things as it once was. God is withdrawing His protective hand from this land of ours. But God is the God of second chances if only we will. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Ch. 7:14). How many presidents, doctors, theologians, mothers and fathers has our land erased?