It is extremely important that we do everything that we can to save the lives of the unborn. It is also important to understand that abortion, euthanasia, and a host of other decadent horrors that we face in our society, have their roots in the fact that we have forgotten God and replaced Him with ourselves as our own gods.
Most societies start out with a relatively moral compass, as historian Will Durant pointed out so eloquently. The early expansion of the Roman influence came about because most of the people wanted to be Roman. They saw the Romans as embodying worthy character traits. For the first 100 years or so, the outlying villages under Roman would never see a Roman prefect or even meet Roman.
During the fall of the Roman Empire, the number of prefects had grown into the thousands. The bureaucracy became immense, and people no longer wanted to be Romans because the Romans had been corrupted by opulence.
They were not only aborting babies in their drive to have more and more perverse sex, they were also throwing them into stew pots to feed to the poor. Nero was known for taking baths with little boys who were castrated and would bleed all over him in the tub.
The root of the problem is prosperity, which leads people away from character driven life styles to decadence, marked by lust of the eyes and lust of the flesh. Therefore, we need to go beyond picketing and legislation if we want to stop abortion. We need to take a stand against pornography, not just hard-core pornography, but soft-core pornography as well.
We need to take a stand against morals that allows people do whatever feels good at the time. We need to take a stand against divorce, or serial prostitution as it has come to be known. As long as we live in a decadent society, the ugly devaluation of life will continue.
The key to the problem is revival, reformation and renewal, or “redeeming the culture”. Until we redeem the culture, all the consequences of a decadent society will remain with us. Each of us is called to a different battle, and each of us should be called to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the midst of that battle, because only changed hearts can produce a changed world.
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