Decimation of a Species
October 8, 2012
In the October edition of National Geographic, there is an investigative report on an endangered species with the magazine cover stating, “Blood Ivory: 25,000 Elephants Killed Last Year.” They also state, “the slaughter is massive and accelerating” and “the cost is too high.” About forty years ago, however, a national “decimation of a species” began that has dwarfed the reduction of many “endangered animal species.” It has been an unparalleled time of death and destruction.
In chapter four of the book of Genesis, we read of the account of Cain and Abel and of what transpired between the two brothers. Of course, we all remember Cain’s sarcastic response to God when confronted by his Creator, “‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’” (Genesis 4:9). But do we remember God’s reply to Cain?, “‘Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground’” (Genesis 4:10). Although the Ten Commandments had not been given to humanity, God still judged Cain for his sin. The land had been polluted with blood.
In the books of 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles, we are told about the most wicked king of Judah, Manasseh. The Bible describes one of his despicable acts in the following passage, “He sacrificed his sons in the fire…..” (2 Chronicles 33:6). In addition, “Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end…..” (2 Kings 21:16). Although the king eventually repented of his sin and turned from his awful conduct, God still judged the nation. Too much innocent blood had been shed, and the land had been polluted.
There aren’t as many specific things, in the Bible, that God says he hates as one might think. But one of them is “…..hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17). This is something that He detests.
This “plague” that descended upon our nation almost four decades ago, however, has a rather innocuous name now: “choice.” But while it sounds rather benign, it has wiped out an entire generation. The estimates range from forty to fifty-million babies that have been denied the right to live since 1973. But if God heard the cry of the blood of one innocent man (Abel), does He not hear the cries of millions who have been erased from existence? My fear is that if our country stopped this practice today, God will still judge the nation because the land is polluted. The cost has been, indeed, “too high.”
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