The more things change . . . the more they stay the same
June 1996 – Something telling happened in the past few weeks. Something reflective of our society as a whole. Something which again clearly shows the morally degenerate path leaders in our society have chosen to follow, and desire for the rest of us to follow.
First, there was the veto of the partial birth abortion ban by President Clinton. Perhaps you don’t know what a partial birth abortion is. Let me describe it for you.
The baby is partially delivered, with all but the top of the head removed from the mother’s womb. Then the abortionist takes surgical scissors, plunges them into the back of the baby’s skull, makes a large hole and then vacuums out the brains of the baby. It is a horrendous way to kill a baby.
When the President vetoed the bill that would stop such a barbarian procedure, most of the leaders of our churches remained strikingly silent. To their credit, that number did not include the very highest leaders in the Catholic church. They spoke out loud and clear. Many of them even picketed in front of the White House in protest. Predictably, the secular media gave the story little play. While some Protestant leaders spoke out in condemnation of the President’s action, most were silent.
A few weeks later the second largest Protestant denomination in America, the United Methodists, held their General Conference in Denver. They spent over a week dealing with issues. The most pronounced efforts were in the area of promoting the homosexual agenda. Fifteen bishops came together to urge the church to accept practicing homosexuals into the clerical ranks. But when it came to the partial birth abortion, the conference – and the bishops – were strangely silent.
Isaiah spoke to a similar situation. “Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies – I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.”
The Apostle Paul spoke similar words: “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
“Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”
Indeed, it is true. The more things change the more they stay the same.