-When the media swarms in on a potential suspect and zeroes in on his past, old pictures, where he came from - ESPECIALLY WHEN HE WAS A NORMAL KID, it makes me feel like I knew him. So, in my gut, I have this feeling of loss. Sadness over the loss of a perfectly good life. The victims of the bombing make my heart scream in sadness, but I have to imagine the possibility of if I knew them... if they were my kin, child, or school-age friend. This is where I think the media fails. So much time and attention is spent on the bomber, we forget that lives were taken, that families are grieving, that people will never come home again, that people have lost the ability to walk down the street or to type with two hands. Every angle is tragic. People were killed. Sin abounds. Satan feels victorious.
-Now, our country rages against this young man. The boy, Dzhokhar (Jo-har) who was a normal American teenager and is now a "murderer" and a "terrorist". He was perhaps brainwashed or at the very least duped into someone elses battle, and he will pay with his life or loss of life. He is the only one left to "point" at and blame. He is guilty. But he is human. He was a friend, a classmate, a cousin, a competitor. He was a woman's baby, her youngest child. He had happy times and sad times. Birthdays and funerals. That is all gone. My heart is burdened for his soul. I pray he meets Jesus and learns of the Living Water that is only offered through trusting in His Holy Name.
For, we are all capable of such atrocities. We are all lost without the love and mercy of the Christ. We murder in our hearts and we lust after things that kill the flesh.
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. Titus 3:3
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. Romans 3:10-11
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. Ephesians 2:1-3
We are all capable.
-Perhaps one of the most tragic aspects of the Boston Bombing story, is the fact that it is stealing the tiny bit of light shining on another case...
Kermit Gosnell is not just another abortionist in America. Beyond slaughtering thousands of unborn babies, he kept their body parts in jars, containers, cat food canisters, and the freezer. He delivered late-term babies, alive, and then stuck a pair of scissors in their neck and snipped the spinal cord. One of his nurses testified that a baby was not deceased after an abortion, but Gosnell left him/her on a shelf - screaming, mauled, alone, to die.
He ate in his "surgical" rooms.
He let multiple flea-infested cats roam the office.
His machine that properly sterilized his surgical equipment was broken for years.
He aborted babies in underage girls who did not want the abortion, but their mother did.
He aborted several babies where the mother changed her mind on the table, but because anesthetics had already been administered, he continued the procedure.
He transferred stds to several of his patients (verified on minors who did not have the std before visiting his clinic).
He allowed rusty equipment and blood spatter to abound in his clinic.
He had a cleaner, more updated room for the white women.
He made many of his patients sterile.
He allowed untrained, uncertified "nurses" to assist with the abortions, including administering anesthesia (sometimes over 500x the needed dosage).
He killed (at least) two of his patients.
He made millions of $$ each year.
This is the tip of the iceberg for the case against Kermit Gosnell. Yet the media was paying it ZERO attention until the prolife community forced the issue with a #Gosnell Tweetfest on twitter. We need to keep talking about this - and bring light to such a dark industry. "We share this story [of Gosnell] not to "win" but in the service of truth, beauty, justice, and human dignity. To cover this is to allow more evil to continue. This must not be."2 The more we talk about it, the more people can really struggle with the hard questions surrounding abortion. The more we talk about it, the more justice can be done as we allow healing for those that have made the devastating decision to abort. The more we talk about it, the fewer will get away with such heinous crimes in the future. "No matter how well-kept the abortion clinic, no matter how sanitary the abortionist's tools, abortion is still an unspeakable act of violence against children and against their mothers. That's reality, and it can't be sanitized."1
Four people died at the hands of the Boston Bombers. Thousands and thousands died at the hands of Kermit Gosnell. Evil abounds but we must be light. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16
May lives be saved physically and eternally. And may God receive the glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 - http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/04/18/abortion-live-action-editorials-debates/2095169/
2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7222bz2amY4&feature=youtu.be