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New York State’s new abortion law is deserving of a millstone.
New York’s new abortion law deserves a millstone for its treatment of little children.
Like many of you, I enjoy hiking as a way to get away from it all and to yield to God’s tugging on my heart. Sometimes I imagine myself walking with the great thinkers of history, listening carefully to the echos of their wisdom.
On a recent hike through an abandoned millstone quarry, I was deeply moved by the verse ringing in my head:
“It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.” Luke 17:2 NIV
As a parent who prayed desperately for a child, a teacher who hears heartbreaking stories from students in despair, and as a Christian man, I love children. I suspect if you’re reading this, you love children too.
New York, take note. God loves little children. Your governor and 130 of your legislators, however, not so much.
In fact, New York’s radical new abortion law deserves a millstone for its treatment of its most vulnerable children.
What does New York’s New Abortion Law Do?
The new bill:
- Allows abortions to be performed up to the point of birth
- Enables physician assistants to perform surgical abortions
- Enables nurse practitioners and licensed midwives to administer non-surgical medicinal abortions
- Repeals protections for babies born after botched abortions
- Enshrines abortion in New York’s Constitution
How did the Abortion Law get Passed?
With the New York legislature firmly in the hands of Democrat control, the Senate easily passed the Reproductive Health Act 38-24, while the General Assembly handily passed it 92-47. Then on Tuesday, the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law.
Horrified outcry following the passage of the radical law on Wednesday shows that even those who are reluctant to speak out on social issues publicly realize they can no longer stay silent.
Nor should they. After all, the killing of children is an explicit abomination to the Lord.
How the New Abortion Law Provokes God’s Judgment
I imagine if I were hiking with the prophet Ezekiel through that millstone quarry today, he’d stick his finger into my chest and say with prophetic authority, “God sent his messenger to ‘Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.’” (Ezekiel 9:4 NIV)
“What happens to those who don’t grieve and lament?”
“God sent the others with the messenger and told them, ‘Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.’ So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple.” (Ezekiel 9:5 NIV)
“So responsibility falls on us- even those of us who don’t like the new law?”
God’s Judgment Will Come like a Millstone
I wonder what John, the writer of Revelation, would say if he hiked through that quarry with us.
He’d likely point out that nearly 2,000 years ago he wrote about a day such as this, “Then a strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, ‘So will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with violence, and will not be found any longer.’” (Revelation 18:21 NIV)
Who among us will persuade God that New York’s abortion law is not deserving of a millstone?
The stakes are too high for Christians to remain silent in the face of such a detestable action.
As stern as these biblical warnings are, there is still hope.
As the moral battle over abortion rages, let us remember that the battle is not our own. It is the Lord’s (1 Samuel 17:47). We don’t fight such battles in our own strength and wit, but through the divine power of God that can demolish strongholds of evil (2 Corinthians 10:4).
God simply tells us to repent and turn back to him.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV)
Will you join me and our fellow brothers and sisters in grieving, lamenting, and praying over New York’s anti-godly new abortion law?