By Rev. Dalton Lilly
Our five-year-old granddaughter is amazing. There is no one else in the world like her. We first saw her when she was 12 weeks old in her mother’s womb. I am amazed at the modern-day technology available in our healthcare systems here in America. We saw her little face for the first time through a sonogram when she was 20 weeks old. We were thrilled to see the person God was so wonderfully forming before we ever held her in our arms.
Ammerie is a gift from heaven. Her beautiful soul was actually born into existence the day she was conceived. She has strawberry blond hair that reaches past her little waist. She has smiling blue eyes. She is learning for the first time the sounds of strange animals. She has already decided that a Happy Meal at McDonalds is her favorite food. She insists that Poppi put coffee in her vanilla ice cream to make her own Mocha. Her favorite color is pink. She has her own apron and she helps Grammy make peanut butter cookies. She thinks it rains just for her so that she can stand in water puddles that form in our front yard. She sees no problem with socks that don’t match, and shoes are fine on the wrong feet. She doesn’t care whether you are black, brown, or white, young or old. It doesn’t matter to her. Everyone she meets is her friend. She is five years old, and I am an old man, but every time I am with her, I learn something new about life. She is a precious gift from God. She is here in this world with great purpose. I would do anything in the world for her. I would lay down my life for her without one thought or hesitation. Yes, she is one of a kind. I can’t imagine anyone thinking less of any child conceived.
My heart sinks into the deepest part of my soul as I see state by state in America passing legislature to allow the killing of unborn children from conception to time of birth. These laws allow mothers to end a child’s life at will, for any reason. Oh America, in the deepest place of our hearts we know this is wrong. The killing of the unborn will bring destruction to our society and to this nation. When sanctity of life no longer exists in a society, every life becomes irrelevant, and unimportant. We have to ask what is next?
In the 1940’s a nation called Germany decided it was appropriate and necessary to exterminate an entire ethnic group of Jewish people. Was their ideology and judgement correct? Of course not. Good nations including America went to war to protect the innocent, the week, and helpless from slaughter. Have we forgotten so soon what is possible in the hearts of wayward leaders? How long will America turn from our fundamental founding principles that believe in the sanctity of life and liberty for all. Even the unborn.
God’s word in Exodus 20:13 says “Thou shalt not kill.” Have we become so heartless and arrogant that we ignore this commandment? I fear for our future. Will the next necessary forfeiture of life be our elderly? Will cost of healthcare for the ill and aging necessitate exclusion of their right to life? Who will be next in America to lose their right to life? I pray that God will open the eyes of our people and that we will turn from our wickedness so that God will hear our prayers from heaven and heal our nation called America. “If my people who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.” (2nd Chronicles 7:14)
America we must turn to God now for forgiveness and remember life comes from God. How long will God hold His judgement from a nation who chooses death over His gift of life?
By Rev. Dalton Lilly, Narrow Road Ministry, email@example.com
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