Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Friday, January 16, 2009

A Little Perspective...

As Americans, we are inundated daily with voices of advocates alerting us to causes we should be concerned with. All too often, the word “tragedy” is linked to a cause to stir our emotions. This constant barrage of tragedies can serve to numb us as to what the numbers actually mean. Each number is a life, and in this case, each number is a life that was prematurely snuffed out.

Since the infamous court case Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973, 50 million lives have been prematurely terminated in the womb. Rather than join the mind-numbing throng of statistical tragedies, I want to do a quick comparison. How does the tragedy of abortion compare to other tragedies of our day?

For each person Hitler murdered in the Holocaust, nearly 9 babies have been murdered in the womb.

For each American who died of any type of cancer last year, nearly 90 babies have been exterminated.

For every single American who died of heart disease last year, 77 babies hearts have been stopped before they were born.

For each American woman who died of breast cancer last year, 1250 babies have been killed before they were allowed to nurse.

For every American who died of AIDS, 4167 babies have been destroyed.

The number of lives taken in the womb has been more than the combined population of Kentucky, Oregon, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Iowa, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, West Virginia, Nebraska, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming—25 of our 50 states.

Causes and awareness campaigns can be good things, but we must not lose perspective. The next time you see a magnetic ribbon plastered on the back of the car in front of you, remember these statistics. For example, if it is a camouflage ribbon asking you to pray for our troops, pray for them. But as you do, remember that for each one who selflessly sacrificed his life on an American battlefield, 76 babies were sacrificed on the altar of selfishness and greed.

Statistics compiled from various sources


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