THE VALUE OF A CHILD
My Heart is heavy as I skim the news, because the stories of murder involving children are so frequent that they're beginning to bleed into one.
Last week in Kansas City, a young father shot the mother of his child, her boyfriend and the baby. He admitted to the shooting, saying he shot the mother and then the boyfriend and baby because he didn’t want any witnesses.
In New York City, a child that had been called “Baby Doe” when it was found along the shore, has been identified. The little girl’s mother and boyfriend are now charged with murder.
In North Carolina, a man was charged with trying to drown his three children, ages 3, 5 and 7. What on earth is going on? Or perhaps the better question is, What took so long?
For forty-three years, we have sanctioned the murder of children. Granted, we have dressed it up as reproductive choice, even though in most cases the behavior that leads to reproduction had been chosen months before. We have told a generation of people that a baby is a blob and therefore expendable, when through the bulk of human history, humanity has known better.
An unborn child has always been a child…not as developed as it will be, but that is still true after they are born. Pre born, the eyes, fingers, toes and ears are in development…but that development continues for years after the baby enters the world. We have used this ‘undeveloped’ argument to explain away our allowing them to be killed in utero.
My own kids are still ‘undeveloped’, in some ways. The first graders are far more coordinated than they were two years ago, but they’re still gangly and awkward. The three-year-olds struggle to use scissors. The baby? He can’t even walk. Undeveloped, all of them.
Our nation has minimized the value of a child. We have failed to give them the dignity that life deserves and we have ended their lives in the womb for over forty years.
Is it that much of a jump for people to do it once they’re born? It’s the same spirit in operation. Yes, I know the arguments. These people were insane. They were mad. All true, but that insanity seems to be pervasive. It’s not just individuals that are losing their senses. We’re all mad if we allow this to continue.
Children matter. Born and unborn. I pray our nation comes to that understanding soon. I fear for what we will become if we don’t.
If you’ve participated in an abortion – and thousands have without full understanding of what was happening – there is grace and forgiveness for you. It does not have to be the defining moment of your life. Look for groups like A Hope Center in Indiana that exist to help you deal with your grief.
Randy Bohlender directs Zoe's House Adoptions which helps expectant mothers make adoptive choices for their child. Zoe's House also helps families seeking adoption with guidance.
Randy and his wife Kelsey have 10 children. They have been instrumental in developing the prayer movement across the US.
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