“They angered him at the waters of Meribah, and it went ill with Moses on their account, for they made his spirit bitter, and he spoke rashly with his lips. They did not destroy the peoples, as the Lord commanded them, but they mixed with the nations and learned to do as they did. They served their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood. Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the whore in their deeds. Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage; he gave them into the hand of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their power. Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes and were brought low through their iniquity. Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry. For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love. He caused them to be pitied by all those who held them captive. Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord.” – Psalm 106:32-48
This past Sunday was “Sanctity of Life Sunday”, a yearly observance by many of America’s churches over the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. In accordance with this, as he has made a habit of doing, John Piper delivered a message to his congregation on this topic. The message this year was over the text above, Psalm 106:32-48. It was an amazing message and can be found here .
One especially powerful statement Pastor Piper made was when he approached the issue of child sacrifice and how it pertains to the modern day act of abortion. He says:
“A sacrifice means you give up something that you ordinarily regard as valuable, like a sheep or a bull, and you sacrifice it in order to gain something better, like favor from a deity. Now, almost nobody does abortion in America in order to win the favor of a deity. The religious component of child sacrifice is gone, but the essential meaning remains the same: You give up something that is ordinarily considered valuable in order to get something better. Now, what the better is defines the measure of America’s barbarity. …The life of the child is being sacrificed for something, and what that something is defines the measure of our heinousness in our sin.”
I don’t want to give any extra commentary on the quote at this time, I would just like to post it here and allow you to think over what has been said on your own, listening to the whole sermon, and meditating on the issue of abortion as we are confronted with it today.