"As she stood looking at it, wondering why there was a lamp-post in the middle of a wood and wondering what to do next, she heard a pitter patter of feet coming toward her..." (C S Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Silencing the Drums


Jesus spoke of a horrible place called the Valley of Hinnom. By his time it had become a trash heap, used to burn unwanted waste, such as animal carcasses. The place was continually burning in order to keep disease from spreading, and provided a picture of judgement Jesus used to describe 'hell'.

But the Valley of Hinnom, or Gehenna, had a notorious history to it. Before it became a trash heap it was a center for the worship of the pagan god Molech. The things that went on there would be enough to make even the most insensitive squeam. Fathers would offer their children to be burned alive as child sacrifices. Of course what father could stand and listen to the horrifying screams of the child he offers up? But the priests had a solution to this problem. They would bang drums to drown out the screams of the innocent. It is enough to give you nightmares. The deafened fathers, the cold-hearted priests, the screaming babies. You can almost hear the sound of the drums...drums...drums.

What a crazy society. Isn't it great that we have progressed so far from such a savage world? Such a thing is unheard of today. Not in America. No way.

Wait.  Not so fast. The drums are still banging, and the screams of the sacrificed are still being drowned out. This day 3,700 children are sacrificed before they even see the outside of the womb. 3,700 abortions. 3,700 child sacrifices in America. Molech would be more than satisfied. Though they are not offered to him. They are offered to a much greater god, the god of Self. A much greedier god. Where are the screams of these innocent children? Could the fathers bear such screams? No, they must be drowned out. They are drowned out by the priests of Self. Drowned out by the drums. Can't you hear the drums? 'The right to choose', 'women's lib', 'unwanted teen pregnancies', 'planned parenthood', 'down syndrome babies'...drums...drums...drums.

It is not enough merely to overturn Roe v Wade.  We need to reveal how wicked, abominable, vile, horrifying, terrifying abortion is. We need to reteach a basic principle that even the barbarians and savages knew: mothers don't kill their babies. They love them. They protect them. They take care of them. Or, we can continually be apathetic, mesmerised by the sound of the drums.

1 comment:

Joshua Williams said...

Rick, I've been away from your blog for a while but wanted to say this post is particularly powerful. You made reference to the Hinnom part in Sunday School this past Sunday, which made it catch my eye...the rest of your post about ending abortion is amazing. I'm really thinking now about how "mesmerised" by the drums I am, and what God is calling me to change about my silence and apathy toward abortion. Thanks for the encouragement and keep up the good work in Christ!