Without Excuse

by Tom Andrasi on April 19, 2013

in Christianity 101, Hot Topics


As more and more details are brought to light concerning the horrors committed by Kermit Gosnell and his abortion clinic, I find myself incapable of understanding how this could have gone on so long and how it is even possible.

Not only is it unfathomable how a man can show such indifference to human life – both the children that he ruthlessly murdered as well as the women whose death he is being charged with, it also defies logic as to how all government agencies could have turned a blind eye to what was going on.

As the grizzly details are uncovered and made public, our initial shock can quickly turn to anger and contempt. We are disgusted and saddened by these events and can’t help put shudder at the thought of the judgement that must await this man as he one day stands before God and gives an account for the crimes he has committed.

One of the basic truths of the bible is that God is deeply concerned with the preservation and dignity of human life. The seriousness with which God views the taking of life is made clear in Leviticus 24:17. The wilful taking of life resulted in the death penalty!

As fearful as it is to think of what it would be like to stand at the judgement and answer for the acts which ended each one of these innocent lives, I am beginning to also be more and more fearful of what my response will be.

It’s easy to think that because we are not involved directly with these events, because we may be geographically far removed, there is no blood on our hands.

Can I really assume that, or does God require something more from you, me, and his church? Can we justifiably claim ignorance as a line of defense?

Proverbs 24:11-12

11 Save those who are being led to their death;

rescue those who are about to be killed.

12  If you say, “We don’t know anything about this,”

God, who knows what’s in your mind, will notice.

He is watching you, and he will know.

He will reward each person for what he has done. (NCV)

Jeremiah 22:3

This is what the Lord says: Do what is fair and right. Save the one who has been robbed from the power of his attacker. Don’t mistreat or hurt the foreigners, orphans, or widows. Don’t kill innocent people here. (NCV)


 These and many other verses press home the fact that as Christians, we are expected to protect those who cannot protect themselves and stand for justice where there is none.

What has been uncovered in Philadelphia shocks us because Kermit Gosnell built his practice on performing late term abortions and disregarding the lives of the women who came to him.

Should we not be equally dismayed over the untold millions of abortions that have occurred over the years? Is it ok because they were performed in more sanitary conditions? Was not a life created in God’s image destroyed either way?

It bothers me that on a personal level as well as on a corporate level we are not doing more to defend the defenseless and carry out God’s command in this area.

It scares me to think of what I would say to God if he asked me why I didn’t do more to defend these helpless lives.

I don’t have the answer to what I need to do, but I can’t help but wonder whether I am without excuse …..


Photo  by Sal Falko. Used under Creative Commons License.

© 2013-2015, Tom Andrasi

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