“Values Clarification”

 A few months back, our morally bankrupt societal values were exposed by two front page stories: 1) The Senate vote on the defunding of Planned Parenthood, the response to a series of unsettling videos exposing the group’s clandestine practice of providing fetal tissue to medical researchers, and 2) The killing of Cecil, the African lion, in Zimbabwe, shot with an arrow by a Minnesota dentist who paid $50,000 to have the lion lured away from his protected preserve with meat mounted on the back of a truck.  Both revelations are deeply disturbing to say the least.  The detached and cavalier way that Planned Parenthood spokespersons talked about the harvesting of aborted human infant organs for profit was stomach turning.  The flagrant violation of hunting laws intended for the protection of endangered species by a trophy-hunting narcissist is pathetic.  I would hope that every Christ-follower has righteous indignation over both stories.

Here is the more troubling thing to me about these two stories: There is far more outrage over the death of Cecil the lion than the deaths of tens of millions of infants.  The struggle to get the needed 60 votes in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood failed, while, at the same time, the image of Cecil the lion was being projected onto the Empire State Building.  At the end of the day, Planned Parenthood continues to receive its half billion dollar government subsidy to sustain their war on the unborn while the death of Cecil the lion was mourned by the masses who failed to acknowledge the tragic irony.

Pray with me, Father God, the farther we drift from Your presence, the farther we drift from Your Word, the farther we drift from the love and grace of Jesus, the more we push back on the convicting power of Your Spirit… the more confusing and complicated life becomes.  Restore us to Yourself by the renewing of our minds and transformation of our lives.  In the Name of Jesus, amen.