By Judie Brown
We have seen recently that those in the mobs who shriek, destroy, and bludgeon in our streets represent not rational thought but are themselves filled with hate. They foment hatred because they lack respect for the dignity of the human person, regardless of his color, age, or place of residence.
These people lack awareness of the one truth that ties all of us together: God created all men in His image and likeness. They cannot tolerate the truth that God is colorblind.
Let’s examine the juxtaposition of two seemingly unrelated events.
On the one hand, we see marches in our streets because protestors want to show solidarity with murdered Minnesota man George Floyd. They chant “I can’t breathe,” and some even mock police or others who do not join with them.
On the other hand, we see two African American pro-life women, Bevelyn Beatty and Edmee Chavannes, who were arrested outside New York City’s Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood facility on the charge that they were “violating the social distancing guidelines” and were not complying with the mayor’s order that required them to wear masks! These women were giving witness to the dignity of the lives of preborn babies of every color scheduled to be butchered in that building. Those babies will not be able to breathe either, but nobody seems to care. Yet because these two women do not fall in line with the dictates of what is acceptable these days, they were arrested. This is not justice; it is lawlessness, and it will not end well.
The murder of George Floyd and the murder of thousands of babies are an injustice to human beings. And this disdain toward our fellow human beings and the lack of regard for human life is cold-blooded and vile.
Yet, we have learned that Monmouth University researchers found that 62 percent of those aged 18 to 34 believe that the actions of protesters were defensible.
According to a different poll, Gallup found that 55% of people in that same age group support abortion and do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned.
Both polls expose the lack of value for others and an inborn bias among those who have grown up in a nation where aborting a child is considered to be a political issue and respecting the laws of God is considered a joke! No wonder we see young people of every color destroy property, disrespect their fellow human beings, and reject the very idea of solidarity among all men and women of good will.
It requires unselfish love to embrace others—including the preborn—without regard to race, creed, age, or condition of dependency. Our national shame is that so many have chosen to reject this.
Matt Walsh, Christian writer, blogger, and speaker, recently said that
“we have submitted to the forces of darkness. We have bent our knees in homage to Satan, and the enemies of the faith haven’t even fired a shot to induce our surrender.”
For 50 years, we as a nation have drifted from the violence of abortion to the violence of infanticide to the grisly sale of baby body parts to many other forms of violence, including what we see in the streets now. For some, this has been an easy transition, as many have grown cold to the truth that sin exists and that God loves us.
If ever there were a clearer manifestation of Satan’s power running wild, I do not know what it would be. But in the midst of millions of babies murdered by abortion, the countless numbers of people harmed by a pandemic, the loss of jobs, and this latest spate of inhumane hateful people screaming, looting, and killing, we do have hope.
As Saint Paul said in his letter in 2 Timothy (4:2-5), now is the time for each of us to
“proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths.”
And this is why you and I must remain “self-possessed in all circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist; fulfill [our] ministry.”
We must eradicate hatred by calling on God to help every person respect the dignity of every person—born and preborn. That is solidarity. That is the answer.