And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not. Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land. (2 Kings 3:26-27 KJV)
I'd never noticed this passage before. My wife pointed this out to me and only then its impact was crushing. In this account, the king of Moab was being defeated by Israel. In desperation he offered up his son as a burnt offering on the wall of the city. The entire battle was brought to a halt. There was great indignation because of this horrific sacrifice. Every man of war was disgusted by this act of cowardice. It is not as if Israel were losing, it was a sure victory, God had promised them, see verse 18. Read it again and again. Every single man of war ceased because of this atrocity, and there were thousands of men. These were men of war, not those who fainted at the sight of blood. This was about the value of one child's life. This was about the cowardice of the king to sacrifice his own son for the sake of peace!
Today in Australia, nearly a hundred thousand sons and daughters are offered as sacrifices on the altar of materialism and personal peace and affluence each year! This doesn’t even count the innumerable terminated through other methods of birth control. Do we care? Do we throw down our weapons in horror to avoid another innocent life being taken? No, we continue heading to our football games, sing-alongs and who knows what, while more and more innocent lives are brutally sacrificed. Perhaps if we did this on the city wall, people might take note. Instead, it is done in the secret sterility of clinics and hospitals in the name of medicine. How far we have fallen. How far we have decayed into moral oblivion. Where are the men of war to take action to outlaw the sacrifice of our children to the gods of gold, silver, and comfort? (Prov. 31:8; Psalm 10:8, 106:37-38.)
This year’s March for Babies was an encouragement. We must keep up and accelerate this effort. It is certainly a move in the right direction. As I have pointed out before, many Christians may feel a tinge of indignation but until the church speaks against birth control as it used to, and encourages Christians to trust God to plan our family sizes, we aren't much different in attitude to those who abort. After all, when it boils down to the reasons why we don't want children, and the reasons why people abort, too often they spring up from the same root. The church will only win the pro-life war when it is unashamedly pro-children.
And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. (Mark 9:36-37).
As many of you may know, this Saturday in Melbourne is the March for the Babies. Please watch this short How to Win the Pro-Life Battle video and pass it to all your Christian friends. Until we as Christians have God’s heart for children, we will continue to lose this battle in Australia.
This picture shows the approximate number of babies murdered in the womb each year in Australia.
Joseph K Stephen, Founder, Faithful Generations