Sunday, July 26, 2015

That which comes up out of the ground

In our daughter's beautiful backyard, there is gradually appearing amidst the grass all manner of rocks and debris coming to the surface.  As it turns out, several years ago now, the previous owner plowed over an in-ground pool that he didn't want to fix.  

By all appearances, you would never know it existed. But now, the evidence is emerging out of the very ground.

Truth floats.

...for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.
               Matthew 10. 26

This past week, two videos have emerged that reveal deep atrocities that are a regular practice at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. It is so unspeakable that I could only listen to a few moments before it made me nauseous. Tiny lives are not just being snuffed out, but harvested for money. I can barely even type these words.

"A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying," stated Pope John Paul II. 

I am old enough that I can remember the onset of Roe vs. Wade.  At the time, abortion was both advocated and justified as the means to make every child wanted, every woman protected, reduce child abuse, and furthermore be both safe and rare. 

We have come to a time when this long slow deception is brimming over and showing itself for what it truly is.  

With this news, the tide has turned. The world is disgusted by this grimness. My heart goes out not just to the cries of children in those grey shadows of death, but their mothers, forever haunted by it, ironically feeling that they had no other choice -- either by coercion, desperation or deception. 

And now, a deeper wounding.

When it comes down to it, we are all responsible for our own moral choices. None of us can cover up our wrongdoing for long, we cannot make up for what we have done, nor rewind the actions of our lives.

That is why God invented forgiveness.

And that is what He redeems.

In the same broadcast about the first video, the evening news concluded with a story about a 72 year old man and his wife who have fostered 29 children, adopted two, established educational scholarships, and provided adoption legal services without charge for thousands of families.  

These two stories were the bookends of the broadcast.

Both brought tears to my eyes.

While what is not true will come to the surface, so will that which is good and right.

Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.

                        Psalm 85.11

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