In the first century there was a church identified as Laodicea which was located in present day Turkey. It was one of seven to which Jesus Christ spoke concerning how the church was doing in carrying out its many responsibilities as a representative for Him in a very needy world.
Jesus' view and the people's view of the Laodicean church were as different as day and night.
The people were saying,"I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing."
But Jesus said,"[You] do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked." (Rev. 3:17).
They were extremely poverty stricken and didn't even realize it! The remedy to this deplorable situation was a call to repentance and radical changes to be implemented. (Rev. 3:18-20).
And so it is in the "land of the free and the home of the brave" -- this republic which God raised up in His mercy and grace over two and one quarter centuries ago -- we have become poverty stricken in a way that is really far beyond our limited understanding to comprehend. Nor have we come to grips with all the ramifications involved due to our ignorance and failure to face reality where it is most critical in a culture claiming to be highly civilized such as ours does!
Try this on for size -- suppose the place where you work had a sudden unexpected reduction in its work force by 15%? Perhaps you belong to a community or social organization -- what if the memberships were suddenly reduced by 15%? Or suppose your church was suddenly reduced in its membership by 15%? None of these would be considered desirable under normal circumstances.
Our nation is missing over 44 million citizens, which is about 15.2% of our population. The question is this -- if it were possible to find them and get them established in our society, what contributions might they make?
Here are some possibilities:
as citizens they would be paying taxes and would be contributing to the Social Security Trust Fund, which our politicians like to raid from time to time -- it would not be in the mess it's in now if they had kept their long fingers out of it -- still in spite of the "raiders" there would be a few million more helping to increase the SS fund if those missing citizens could be found!
as career people they might be serving in areas of labor, military, business, the many professions, and perhaps a few would prove to be a great exception and enter the realm of politics having a committed faith in Jesus Christ, a refusal to be driven by greed or self serving ambition, and an intense desire to faithfully serve their constituents beginning with the zealous pursuit of a drastic reduction in taxes -- this would be in sharp contrast to present practices of politicians who constantly want to increase taxes and their own incomes and perk benefits at the same time!
as church people they would serve in various capacities within the church as laity and others serving as pastors -- they would be involved in fulfilling the Great Commission which was given by Jesus:
Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen..
Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV
These tens of millions "missing" citizens are the unborn who have been destroyed in the womb since January 1973 because some people insisted, with the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruling in agreement, that it is a "constitutional right" to mutilate, dismember, and violently destroy an unborn child!
Isn't it more than a bit ironic that some church groups such as the United Methodist Church are lamenting the loss of members over past decades while at the same time have staked out "official" social issue positions which support the "right" of a woman to have an abortion? Supposing those 44 million had not been callously destroyed -- and if they had been permitted to live, would some of these have become members of some of these churches now experiencing steady losses of membership?
Constantly within our society there is a cry at times and a longing that someone somewhere would come forth to make a significant discovery which would greatly improve and/or enhance life in our society. Certainly one great example of this would be a breakthrough in discovering cures for the many forms of cancer or a cure for the tragedy of Alzheimer's Disease, etc.
The question that our pro-abortion society refuses to consider is this -- what if the persons who would have made some of these monumental discoveries have been among the 44 million victims destroyed by abortion? As of this writing the oldest group of these victims would be in their 3rd decade of life and getting well settled in their careers -- that is, if they had been permitted to live!
Just as an ancient church named Laodicea failed to realize its poverty stricken condition, so we as a nation have failed to realize how poverty stricken we are because of those missing 44 million victims!
But even worse than that is the fact that we haven't faced up to the reality that Almighty God, Who had a plan for each of those 44 million victims, has yet to make His personal response to this abominable record of the shedding of innocent blood over a period of more than 3 decades -- and that by a nation professing to be a "nation under God" and in recent months has been frequently quoting the phrase, "God bless America!"
The ancient Canaanites didn't get away with the violent sacrifices involving children (thrown into a fire to worship a violent heathen deity!), and the ancient Israelites who later adopted those Canaanite practices of child sacrifice didn't escape the judgment of God -- so who are we to believe that we will prove to be an exception and God will look the other way, or maybe some in their blindness mistakenly believe that God will merely say, "Oh well, boys and girls will be boys and girls -- no harm done!"
Or could it be that a pro-abortion representative of the U.S. Supreme Court might wave a copy of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling in the face of God and tell God to forget about those aborted children for whom He had plans because we have ruled that we can destroy any unborn child we want to at any time we want to, even when that child may be just a few seconds away from a natural birth -- it's our "constitutional right" to do so! Come to think of it, maybe the best person to do this would be deceased United Methodist Supreme Court justice, Harry Blackmun, who authored the Roe v. Wade decision -- he should be well acquainted with God by this time!
The raw ignorance of governments and their citizens at times knows no limit -- and the United States clearly demonstrates this and is more than well qualified to stand at the head of the line on its treatment of its unborn -- the missing 44 million citizens! The record indicates there were about 14 million victims as a result of the Nazi Holocaust -- multiply that number by slightly over 3 times and you have 44 million victims -- and guess who the culprit is this time? Can't point the finger any longer at those horrible Nazis can we?
So which will it be -- full fledged repentance from our massive idolatry, immorality and sin, including our daily destruction of an average of 3,100 or more unborn children or experience the wrath of a holy God Who isn't appreciative of humans deliberately disrupting His plans for other humans?
To be a bit more specific -- will our elected officials and our church leaders REALLY take a look at this, the greatest moral crisis this country has ever faced, and in unison say to the citizens, "This callused and willful destruction of the unborn has got to cease immediately!" We all know the answer to that, don't we? Especially when some denominational leaders go on public record as saying they agree with the "official" position of their denomination which supports the "legal option of abortion" for women who want to terminate their pregnancies! The quotes from Jeremiah in the boxes just below tell it the way it really is in the "land of the free and the home of the brave!"
"I spoke to you in your prosperity, but you said, 'I will not hear.' This has been your manner from your youth, that you did not obey My voice. The wind shall eat up all your rulers, and your lovers shall go into captivity; surely then you will be ashamed and humiliated for all your wickedness."
Jeremiah 22:21,22 NKJV Watch the little counter for about 60 to 90 seconds and see
what happens -- each number represents an unborn victim!
Unborn Babies Brutally
Mutilated and Murdered
since Roe vs. Wade
NOTE: The number in the counter will be more than the number
quoted in the text above which was written some time back -- rate
of extermination is about 100,000 unborn children per month!
"You have had a harlot's forehead; you refuse to be ashamed..." "Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time I punish them, they shall be cast down," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 3:3b; 6:15 NKJV
June 10, 2002
by Clayton D. Harriger
Elder in Full Connection
W PA Annual Conference
The United Methodist Church
and presently pastor of
Gipsy Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
and Non-Affiliated registered voter in Cambria Co. PA
For further reference see:[NOTE: Use return feature on your browser to come back here]
- A National Rage Against Violence, BUT Not Always!
- Trashing Sacred Gifts - 21st Century Style!
- President Bush's "Selective" War Against Terrorism!
- Is the United States Going Down the Same Path As Samson?
- Popular Deities of American Culture!
- Imploding Our Culture by Destroying the Young!
- How to Dismantle a Culture in 3 Easy Steps!
- When God Uses the Heathen As a Whip!
- Portrayal of U.S.A's Hidden Horrors!
- RU-486 -- The Final Nail?
- Baby Parts for Sale!
- Justice Denied!
- Why So Heavy on the Abortion Issue Anyway?
T O P
Return to or Sneak a Peek at C. D. Harriger's BLOG at
Musings of a Maverick!
It Is Time......!
Circuit Rider's Range (Main Area)
CR's Leap of Faith! OR The Whole Spread of CR's Range!
Return to Building Walls with Untempered OR Tempered Mortar!
Bird's Eye View of CR's Range
What's New At CR's Range?
Ramblings from the Pen of a Maverick...
How to Become a Christian
For comments, complaints, or just plain axe-grinding, contact C. D. Harriger by clicking on Penelope, efficient mail hostess of Circuit Rider's Range, and she will set up the email form for you to fill out and send on its way
The poster above is copyrighted by The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform and is used with these folks' permission. You can visit them at Center for Bio-Ethical Reform to better inform yourself of the significant work they are doing in the Genocide Awareness Project.