It was a custom in ancient Rome for a father to decide if he wanted to keep his infant children. Many fathers chose to reject their babies, especially their daughters. Rejection usually meant the child was taken to a barren place where she eventually died from exposure or was taken away by a wild animal. This hatred for their own children was a symptom of a worldview, a common thought process that would eventually destroy the structure of the family and a civilization of people.
Christians believe that truth is eternal. New truth cannot be manufactured. It can only be discovered. “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) It is not at all surprising to see that human behavior hasn’t changed much in 2,000 years. Just like the ancients, we are still sinful creatures. Modern man affirms daily “that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
Modern culture is filled with people who hate their children. In the U.S. alone we have murdered 50 million unborn babies since Roe vs. Wade in 1973. We don’t feed them to the wolves but we do rip them limb by limb from the womb and flush their remains into the sewers of America. We do this for the same reasons the ancient Romans did it. We choose to murder them because we don’t want to be inconvenienced by them. Infants are demanding. They require lots of attention and they claim their own fraction of the family income. The truth is often too horrendous to comprehend, but, selfish mothers who refuse to share their time and resources are often moved to murder their children. It is a contract with the devil, the life of their children for the removal of inconvenience.
The Bible records the reconciliation of two feuding brothers. Jacob was not at all comfortable about meeting his angry brother, Esau. Setting aside the dynamics of their relationship, or lack thereof, let’s simply look at the question Esau asked Jacob, “Who are these with you?” referring to the passel of women and children following Jacob. Jacob replied, “These are the children God has graciously given your servant.” (Gen. 33:5) Children are a gift of God. Can you imagine the pain your loved one might feel if your birthday gift or Christmas gift were returned unopened? We so often return to God his gifts to us, unopened, because we fear what might be within the wrappings.
There is a situational myth many apply when violating God’s 6th commandment. They rationalize the murder of the unborn by creating a situation to justify the decision. “I am still trying to work my way through college, I couldn’t possibly care for a baby.” “The father doesn’t want anything to do with the baby.” “I can’t bring a baby into this world by myself.” “I am too poor, I don’t have enough money. I am too young. I’m just not ready for this.” These are all unfortunate situations but none of them justify the murder of a child. The Ten Commandments are absolutes truths that apply for all generations of all ages. God’s command to obey them cannot be altered by our own rationalization, or discomfort or desire.
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