A Civilized Holocaust

The Esther sermon series has been great so far. It’s caused me to ask, “How assimilated have I become?” I think we should all take time to ask that reflective question.

One topic in this series that has stuck out to me is the idea of “helping the helpless.” As we reflect on this issue together, ask yourself: “How assimilated have I become?”

In Esther 3 we see Haman seeking to kill, not only Mordecai, but all of Mordecai’s people, the Jews. Haman went to the king, “And the king said to Haman, ‘The money is given to you, the people also, to do with them as it seems good to you’” (3:11). It seemed good to Haman to wipe the Jews off the face of the planet.

Sounds familiar, right? During WWII, the Nazi regime killed approximately 6 million Jewish people. They were snatched from their homes, killed in the streets, or tortured in concentration camps until death or liberation by the Allied forces. It was genocide.

Genocide—extermination because of ethnicity, race, religion, or nationality—incites a range of reactions in people. Anger for some; who could commit such evil against their fellow men? Others hardly react at all, distancing themselves ever-further into the civilized Western world. Still others, probably like you and me, react with a mix of the extremes; I see the evil and hate it, but I’m not sure I can ever make a difference, so I don’t try.

Yet, as we recede into the civilized West, especially as Americans, there has been a taboo topic that parallels any genocide in human history, and has remained constant since 1973. Yes, I mean abortion.

In no way do I want to diminish the barbarism of the Holocaust, or any other genocide that has ever occurred. Each are appalling in their own way. I do, however, wish to plead with you to wake up, and see that a similar tragedy is happening daily under our very noses. It’s a genocide of a different kind; one where creed or nationality may not be a factor, but inconvenience and circumstance may be.

We’ve wiped out generations since Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Between 1973 and 2008, nearly 50 million legal abortions have occurred.[1] Now that number has increased, and is most likely over 55 million. And the pattern remains: over half of those who choose to abort their children are in their 20s.[2]

I hope this troubles you. That’s 55 million sons, daughters, grandchildren, etc., who had no chance to live. So, has a line been drawn in the sand for you?

We have seen in Esther 4 that, first, Mordecai was troubled to the point of repentance. Then, his repentance led him to confront Esther’s apathy and hesitance. It’s this relational confrontation that led to Esther’s own movement. If she didn’t act, she would have missed out in God’s redemptive plan for his people—a plan to deliver those who were doomed to die.

It’s never too late to begin participating in God’s desired plan for the world. There has been a death sentence prescribed over 1 out of every 4 children conceived in our “civilized” world—they are doomed to die. Unless… we, the Church, do something about it. God will provide a deliverer. The question is, will you get to participate?

The other looming question may be “how?” You see the evil, yet you don’t know what to do. Become a political activist? Shout loud enough for the world to hear? Maybe. There may be a place for that. But I propose what I think is a better way. It’s very simple, yet very difficult. That is, to build relationships.

Building relationships, especially with unexpected mothers and fathers, can seem like an overwhelming task, so I have a suggestion. Start by getting involved in an organization set up to do this already. One such organization is the Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center.

At the Care Center, our mission is to empower women, men, and students to make life-affirming choices. We do that by educating them with accurate information on sexuality, pregnancy, and abortion; by caring for them through an unplanned pregnancy; or by coming along side women and men who experience struggles from past abortions.

Despite your past choices, will you, like Esther, choose to participate in God’s redemptive plan? How assimilated have you become?

Mercy Hill is sponsoring a table at the Care Center’s annual fund-raising banquet on October 7th at 6pm. Come and see how God can use you to make a difference in someone’s life. Talk to one of our elders if you want to attend.

Carter Mundy is a community group leader at Mercy Hill Church. He’s also the Outreach Director at Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center.

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