Posts tagged “Abortion

LCMS 2017 Life Conference Sermon

Posted on January 27th, 2017

March for Life 2017 January 27, 2017 • Arlington, Virginia Matthew 5:13-19 The trash collectors rumbled away from the suburban neighborhood, and as sometimes happens, they’ve unknowingly dumped some of their garbage in the street. A man who lives there went out to look, and he’s confused. What is that on the pavement? At first he thinks it’s dead birds, then maybe dolls. Finally, he comprehends the horror. These are children: naked bodies scattered on the asphalt – tiny victims of abortion. How did they end up on a garbage truck? This man—Richard Selzer, a physician—goes to the hospital. He speaks with the director, who assures him this was an accident. The little babies were, he says, “mixed up with the other debris.” This…

Sermo Dei: Holy Innocents 2016

Posted on December 28th, 2016

“These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation.” This day’s liturgy applies those words to the little children of Bethlehem cut down by Herod’s sword. But the great tribulation is a vast span of terror, from the little children slaughtered by Pharaoh in Egypt down to today’s little children cut down by the billion-dollar abortion business. Upon first hearing the horrible story of their slaughter, it seems the Divine plan is only about protecting the infant Jesus. He escapes, but the children of Bethlehem do not. But Jesus doesn’t escape. His doom is delayed. It is for all the children of Adam that Christ came into this world. He will experience all their sufferings. “That it might be fulfilled” is twice repeated…

Sermo Dei: Psalm 115

Posted on September 24th, 2015

Man is joined to what he worships. Worship the corruptible things, and you will go to corruption. Worship the One in whom there is life—the One who is Life—and you will live. Tonight’s Psalm begins and ends with the praise of God. Man gets no praise or credit, not even for his worship. All glory belongs to the God who creates life, gives life, shares life. “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory” (Ps. 115:1). What happens when you instead give yourself over to the adoration of corruptible things? You become what they are. The psalmist is thinking specifically of the pagan worship where the gods are depicted in statues: “Their idols are … the work of…

God Remembers

Posted on September 12th, 2015

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Abortion September 12, 2015 Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Virginia Exodus 2 How many Hebrew sons died, before Moses was drawn out of the water? How many more died afterward? There are no answers, nothing meaningful we can say. To call it tragic is insufficient. The death of a child is horrific; the murder of a child is pure evil. Asking us to remember what cannot be known seems to ask too much. Today, Pharaoh’s slaughter is small. Planned Parenthood, in its wicked design to rid the world of so-called undesirables, wages its war against humanity on a scale that makes Pharaoh’s work seem like a rounding error. Fifty-seven million children have been slaughtered since the 1973 edict…

Deadly Scissors

Posted on July 1st, 2014

This picture, tweeted by Rep. Keith Ellison, is sadly symbolic of the gruesome work of abortion.   Cutting the ribbon at the new Planned Parenthood in Richfield — Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) June 30, 2014 We know what they use scissors for at the abortion mills.

Exterminating ourselves

Posted on May 9th, 2014

In a discussion related to the LCMS group OWN (Ordain Women Now), LCMS pastor Matthew Becker calls for the full embracing of “modern western egalitarianism.” Peter Speckhard (who I think is also an LCMS pastor) is spot-on in his reply: Churches that embrace Western egalitarianism for the sake of the Gospel have typically not served the Gospel well, either in terms of evangelism to America or in term of bringing a Christian witness to the social problems of the day. Western egalitarianism is busy exterminating itself with pills and abortions, and churches that seek to blend in with it will have to keep shrinking to find cover. Read Jonathan Last’s What To Expect When No One’s Expecting, and you will find statistical confirmation of this. Church leaders…

The vicious cycle of Planned Parenthood funding

Posted on February 24th, 2014

In the second season of Netflix’s smash hit House of Cards, money laundering plays a key role in criticism of the president. While it is legal, what the U.S. Government does with Planned Parenthood is far worse. Now with Obamacare, this problem is exacerbated. Federal funding flows to Planned Parenthood, which uses a portion to campaign for pro-abortion politicians. In Planned Bullyhood, Karen Handel writes, Essentially this is a legalized scheme in which Planned Parenthood takes in nearly $500 million a year in government money and hundreds of millions more in other revenue— contributions and payments for services— and then turns a significant portion of these funds over to its political arm to support Democrats in order to keep the money well pumping. This process keeps…

Lutherans for Life statement on Thrivent

Posted on February 11th, 2014

Thrivent’s recent “values neutral” policy continues to draw heavy criticism from the Lutheran community, and has brought shame upon the Lutheran name in the broader Christian community and among pro-life groups. Lutherans for Life has recently issued a statement. It is not yet posted on their website, but I received a copy today along with permission to post it here. Please spread the word. Because human life is created in the image of God as proclaimed throughout scripture (Genesis 1:26-27, 9:6; Psalm 8:5, Colossians 3:10), and because every human being is someone for whom Christ died to restore the image of God, the sanctity of human life is a basic Lutheran/Christian value. Martin Luther strongly condemned abortion: “Those who have no regard for pregnant women and who do not…

Chilling Effect

Posted on February 7th, 2014

Well, now we know that Thrivent has taken the next big step away from the Christian Church. Their new “neutrality policy” makes permanent the decision to deny support to organizations that help moms in crisis and their vulnerable babies. While I hope everyone will now completely divest themselves from their insurance and investments, and also refuse all funding, I suspect that the lure of easy money will prove too strong for many. What effect will this have? Now that defending the most basic human right—the right to life—has been deemed “controversial” and not something Christians should be involved in, will pastors, churches, and schools be even more silent in the face of this great horror? If their funding is at stake, it will be…