It continues to happen: another newborn baby was discovered in a trash-filled dumpster in central Phoenix. The baby was found by two homeless men foraging for breakfast. And while this story was coming across the news wires another abandoned newborn was found in a toilet at Disneyworld with only its head above water. These are not just isolated acts performed by demented people. They are happening with uncomfortable regularity among all classes of our people. ”What message does this send when you put a child in a dumpster?” asked one authority. “Is a child worth the same as a Styrofoam cup?” These chilling stories continue to rattle the conscience of a society becoming known for its low view of human life. But it’s only one piece of a larger picture. In this picture we also see innocent people killed every day in Phoenix through “drive by” shootings. In this picture we also see daily abortions sought for no other reason than that the unborn children were an inconvenience to their mothers. Other pieces of this picture are also coming into view, such as the establishment of suicide and various forms for euthanasia as “rights” which all of us should be able to practice without guilt.
America has long stood in silent bewilderment as the various third world countries slaughter their own people (Sudan comes to mind here). But there is only a short step between where we are and where they are. The road has already been paved that leads us to become a national slaughterhouse of the innocent. I am talking about our indifference to the things of God. These horrible things we wish would go away are only the natural fruit of spiritually indifferent living. It is not a social problem. It isn’t even a moral problem. It is a spiritual problem. God has informed us that we are made in His image and likeness for a purpose: that the dignity and sacred nature of our lives would be forever established. It is predictable, then, that our indifference to God should be followed by our indifference to His sacred creatures. Ideas have consequences after all, and this idea is producing the gravest of all consequences.
It should be obvious to all of us that God’s people have their work cut out for them. If the growing indifference to the sacred is to be turned around then we must all present ourselves for service. This is not a time to be passive and lazy. Christians must support their churches by their regular presence, their talents, and their treasure and be prepared to be a voice of clarity in the midst of a miserable swamp of demonic ideas. We must be equally as vocal about the things of faith as the enemies of righteousness are about their lack of it. Maybe, just maybe, God will spare this nation in spite of its abominable actions. But if He does, it will only be because His people are being faithful in their mission.
Senior Pastor of Cactus Christian Fellowship