Years ago, as we were growing our family, our three children asked us for a cat. We lived on 4 acres of land, so a cat would have plenty of room to roam. That’s how the kids built their case.
After much negotiation we got a soft little kitten and named him Thomas.
Thomas grew to be a rather large cat. He loved the outdoors and lived to hunt birds, chipmunks, squirrels, butterflies, and rabbits. He would even take on the neighborhood dogs. Thomas was a fearless cat.
On one beautiful, sunny summer day Thomas bounded through our front door, breaking the screen, grasping a dead rabbit in his mouth. He dropped the rabbit on the clean living room floor where the kids were playing. When they saw what Thomas did they were shocked, appalled and disillusioned. They could not believe that their very own cat would do such a thing!
They were so upset with Thomas that they threw him outside and pleaded with me to have a burial service for the rabbit. I was a pastor and in their mind it seemed appropriate. So that is what we did.
The reaction of our children had very little effect on Thomas. In fact, he continued to kill rabbits and bring them to us on a regular basis. Initially our response was similar to the first time he did this, but after several years of this behavior we came to understand this is what country cats do. In a sense we grew apathetic toward his behavior.
I tell you this story to illustrate how we can become apathetic toward something that initially seemed to be horrific to us, but over time has lessened effect. To some degree I believe this is how our country has grown to view abortion.
Recently, a number of videos have been released that expose Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling body parts from aborted children. This seemingly new information has caused a national awakening to the reality of a moral decline in our culture. Our initial response is shock and disillusionment. We may even feel anger.
I remember that when the unbelievable attack of 9/11 hit our country, the nation was brought to its knees. People of every race, religion, and socioeconomic status went to their knees in prayer. We saw a prayer movement throughout our country that we have not seen in decades. And that was appropriate! What has happened to that prayer movement? Have we become apathetic with prayer?
When something shocking occurs we have an immediate response. How do we keep our hearts on fire? How do we avoid the trap of saying “that’s just what country cats do”. We simply cannot afford to let our hearts grow apathetic on this issue.
Our reaction to the videos needs to include a response to those involved; women who have had abortions in the past, the executives of Planned Parenthood who are on the videos, the doctors who have performed the abortions, and the companies who are purchasing fetal tissue and body parts.
What is a biblical response to each of these individuals? I know with a great deal of certainty that it cannot be a response of apathy—it must be reflective of our Lord and Savior.
In the coming weeks I will be addressing each of these areas in response to the release of these very important videos. Please watch the videos and be intentional about asking the Lord how we should respond.