By Kenneth D. Sils
A few weeks ago, many American’s sat riveted to their chairs as we watched with horror the events taking place in Union County, South Carolina concerning Susan Smith and the murder of her two young boys. She told the media that her car was highjacked with her children in it and we witnessed a nationwide search for them, even seeing the FBI following a lead as far away as Oregon. Many members of that community were searching the highways and byways while several others spent long hours in church buildings praying for the boys’ recovery. Susan and her husband were all over the TV pleading for the safe return of their children. This was a community gripped in despair and we hurt right along with them.
Then, came the greatest of all shocks. With a large crowd gathered, a police detective announced that Susan Smith was under arrest for the murder of her own children. Many in the crowd gasped with unbelief. Some denied that this was possible while others were visibly angry. The overwhelming question of the people of Union County was, “How could a mother kill her own children?” After her arrest, several of her angry neighbors told the media that they would have been glad to take the boys into their homes if they would have only known Susan’s state of mind.
The question this small community asked sure is a good one for us to consider, “How can a mother kill her own children?” It’s obvious that this action is never justified and should never be accepted by a civilized society. Yet, our country accepts over a million mothers who kill their children each year. The accepted difference is that these children being murdered have not yet seen the light of day, still growing in the womb of their mothers. The proverb writer said in Proverbs 6:16-17, “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood.” Whether the child be three years old, 14 months old or still growing in the womb, killing it is shedding innocent blood and will bring God’s righteous wrath upon the murderer.
People have asked me, If abortion is so wrong, why didn’t the Founding Fathers say so in the Constitution?” The 5th Amendment of the constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, states, “No person shall be . . . deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law .” America’s Founding Fathers were God-fearing men and patterned our government from the laws found in the Bible. They believed as Dr. Suess instructed in Horton Hears a Who that “a person’s a person, no matter how small!” If they were alive today, I’m confident they would have upheld the 5th Amendment and deprived life to all mothers who kill their children, including the shedding of blood which occurs at every abortion.
We should not give up hope. Our nation has just elected some of the most conservative politicians in the last 50 years. Let’s continue to pray that America’s sin of abortion will soon come to a screeching halt and the hearts of these murderers will melt and turn to God’s truth. G
Guardian of Truth XXXVIII: 24, p. 1
December 15, 1994