My Sanctity of Life Sermon Notes from 1/18/09 “Rescuing Lives by Exposing Darkness and Loving Jesus”

Posted: January 20, 2009 by Rick Hogaboam in Abortion, Philosophy, Politics, Sermons, Social Issues

These notes were intended for me to preach off of and may not be formatted all that well for your reading, but I am posting them nonetheless. Included are segments from MLK’s Letter from Birmingham and several other articles.

“Rescuing Lives by Exposing Darkness and Loving Jesus”

Proverbs 24:10-12 (ESV)
10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. 11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. 12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?

Ephesians 5:5-12 (ESV)
5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.

 Planned Parenthood needs to be exposed for their darkness and I want to warn you all not to be deceived by their false lies, which are “empty words”. Take no part in them, don’t believe that they are for “human rights”, and it is indeed shameful what they say and do in secret…and in public.

Margaret Sanger is the founder of Planned Parenthood and an inspiring figure for those in the movement and women’s lib movement. Here is a sampling of some things that Sanger stood for:

 “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” 
Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race 

          Yes there are financial challenges to maintaining a large family, but Sanger proposes that the family’s collective killing is the most merciful thing that can be done. R u serious? This sentiment is foolish…sounds like wisdom to some who say that quality of life is more important than life itself. If quality of life defines ones viability, then we might as well kill off ¾ of the world’s population as an act of “mercy”.

          It is arrogant to suppose that the poor are unworthy of life and better of dead than poor.

On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
“…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born.”  Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people.

          Sanger supported a project to eliminate the African-American race.

          Between 1882 and 1968, 3,446 Blacks were lynched in the U.S. That number is surpassed in less than 3 days by abortion.

1,452 African-American children are killed each day by the heinous act of abortion.

3 out of 5 pregnant African-American women will abort their child.

Since 1973 there has been over 13 million Black children killed and their precious mothers victimized by the U.S. abortion industry.

          It’s been said that the most dangerous place to live today is for a black child to live in his/her mother’s womb. That is indeed sad.

          Blacks are abortioned at a greater rate than there percentage in society and it is taking place by mostly white doctors. Sanger would delight in this news!!!

          Planned Parenthood gladly takes money earmarked for murdering black babies…no surprise…just making Sanger proud and continuing her legacy.

          On the extermination of blacks:
“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she said, “if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon

On the purpose of birth control:
The purpose in promoting birth control was “to create a race of thoroughbreds,” she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)

On the rights of the handicapped and mentally ill, and racial minorities:
“More children from the fit, less from the unfit — that is the chief aim of birth control.” Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12

          I will read an article later than will painfully document some abortions that specifically target the handicapped, even a baby with 6 fingers instead of 5, etc.

          Downs Syndrome babies are being murdered just for that reason and on and on, that’s why the Buddy Walk in Boise is linked with the Walk for Life this coming Saturday. I hope to write the papers on Boise why they should both be supported.

On marital sex:
“The marriage bed is the most degenerating influence in the social order,” Sanger said. (p. 23) [Quite the opposite of God’s view on the matter: “Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” (Hebrews 13:4)

On adultery:
A woman’s physical satisfaction was more important than any marriage vow, Sanger believed. Birth Control in America, p. 11

PLANNED PARENTHOOD TODAY 

“We are not going to be an organization promoting celibacy or chastity.” 
Faye Wattleton, President,  Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 17, 1986 
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“If your parents are stupid enough to deny you access to birth control, and you are under 18, you can get it on your own. Call Planned Parenthood.”  
Planned Parenthood advertisement, Dallas Observer, Jan. 30, 1986  
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“At Planned Parenthood you can also get birth control without the consent or knowledge of your parents. So, if you are 14, 15 or 16 and you come to Planned Parenthood, we won’t tell your parents you’ve been there. We swear we won’t tell your parents.” 
Planned Parenthood employee lecturing students of Ramona High School, Riverside, Calif., April 21-22, 1986

Planned Parenthood’s Goal:
Dr. Lena Levine in 1953, concerning Planned Parenthood’s purpose and planned course of action: “… to be ready as educators and parents to help young people obtain sex satisfaction before marriage. By sanctioning sex before marriage we will prevent fear and guilt. We must also relieve those who have these … feelings, and we must be ready to provide young boys and girls with the best contraceptive measures available so they will have the necessary means to achieve sexual satisfaction without having to risk possible pregnancy.” (Planned Parenthood News, Summer 1953)  .” (“Psycho-Sexual Development,” quoted in Planned Parenthood News, Summer 1953, pg. 10) 

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 Planned Parenthood on Pregnancy:
PP has an unhealthy concept of pregnancy, as it views the state of gestation as an abnormal condition or disease. Speaking for the organization, Dr. Warren Hern refers to human pregnancy as “an episodic, moderately extended chronic condition … May be defined as an illness … Treated by evacuation of the uterine contents…”(“Is Pregnancy Really Normal?” Family Planning Perspective, Planned Parenthood, vol. 3, No. 1, Jan. 1971, pg. 9) 

How abortion is linked to racism, and the systematic killing of the disadvantaged…

Maggie Sanger and the Human Weeds

By Shawn Macomber on 6.23.04 @ 12:06AM

WASHINGTON — After a lengthy incubation, the sick dreams of Margaret Sanger are finally hatching. Against the excuses of her modern defenders, it should be remembered that the founder of Planned Parenthood’s main interest in the legalization of abortion was not that women should be freed from the bonds of childbearing, but that unsavory types should be cleansed from the larger population.

In fact, Sanger only turned to abortion when her original plan to “apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation” to those with “objectionable traits” — sometimes derided as the stronger epithet “human weeds” — found little support. Turned out folks felt a bit queasy about sending those of certain ethnic backgrounds and with disabilities and mental illnesses off to “farm lands and homesteads” to be “taught to work under competent instructors for the period of their entire lives.”

Sounds a bit like a concentration camp, no? Then again, she was a great admirer of the Nazi eugenics movement. Like Hitler, she had a long list of folks she wanted to eliminate from society, including “illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, dope fiends.”

More to the point, Sanger considered non-Aryan people “a great biological menace to the future of civilization.” The same woman considered a saint today by the pro-choice crowd warned supporters in 1939 that they did not want “word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”

But look at the massive abortion rates in modern black neighborhoods and set them against, say, the merely moderate rates in white neighborhoods, and it becomes depressingly clear that Sanger helped accomplish something both depressing and far-reaching. If these high death rates were attached to a war, it would be called genocide. When it happens in a Planned Parenthood office we call it progress.

AND NOW, ABORTION ON demand, combined with ever more rigorous screening of children in the womb, has provided the perfect backdoor for other eugenic obsessions to quietly slip back into American life.

According to a front page article in Sunday’s New York Times, upwards of 500 medical conditions can be diagnosed by tests on fetal cells “with more than 100 tests added in the last year alone.” And, as literally hundreds of science fiction novels predicted, those of us who fail to measure up to the state of normalcy determined by society-at-large are getting the axe in utero.

The results are fairly ugly. For starters, more Down’s Syndrome children are now aborted than born. Not for any lack of sentience or capacity for joy or love, they simply move too slowly for modern tastes. Unborn children at risk for cystic fibrosis, expected to live 35 to 40 years, are also increasingly not worth the trouble. Tragic as the disease might be, we never react to the death of an 18-year-old in a car accident by wishing they’d never been born. Exactly how many years must people live before their lives are considered worthwhile?

As with anything else, the moment parents are allowed to selectively eliminate their children because of flaws, we have to grapple with the fact that what constitutes an abnormality can vary greatly.

Thus, the Times tells us the story of a woman who was born with an extra finger, which she later had surgically removed. So far she has aborted two children when ultrasound scans showed they had the same extra digit.

Another woman in Manhattan recently aborted a female child because she already had three daughters and wanted a son. Her physician, Dr. Mark Engelbert, told the Times that he was uncomfortable with the situation, but what could he do?

“My feeling as a physician was that I’ve accepted the responsibility of being her health care provider,” he said. “She’s not doing anything illegal, and it’s not for me to decide.”

That’s just it, isn’t it? Those who have accepted the barbarism of abortion are forced to follow it all the way down. Any uneasiness about the reason for a particular “elimination” must be set aside for the greater good.

Abortion and MLK Day Belong Together

The Rev. Jesse Jackson once said, before he changed his postion:
“That is why the Constitution called us three-fifths human and then whites further dehumanized us by calling us ‘niggers’. It was part of the dehumanizing process. The first step was to distort the image of us as human beings in order to justify that which they wanted to do and not even feel like they had done anything wrong. Those advocates of taking life prior to birth do not call it killing or murder, they call it abortion. They further never talk about aborting a baby because that would imply something human. Rather they talk about aborting the fetus. Fetus sounds less than human and therefore abortion can be justified”.

The aim of the program was to restrict–many believe exterminate–the black population. Under the pretense of “better health” and “family planning,” Sanger cleverly implemented her plan. What’s more shocking is Sanger’s beguilement of black America’s créme de la créme–those prominent, well educated and well-to-do–into executing her scheme. Some within the black elite saw birth control as a means to attain economic empowerment, elevate the race and garner the respect of whites. (Tonya Green, Black Genocide)

An excerpt from MLK in His letter from Birmingham jail…listen carefully and I think you will see the connection of racism and abortion:

 “I have traveled the length and breadth of Alabama, Mississippi and all the other southern states. On sweltering summer days and crisp autumn mornings I have looked at the South’s beautiful churches with their lofty spires pointing heavenward. I have beheld the impressive outlines of her massive religious education buildings. Over and over I have found myself asking: “What kind of people worship here? Who is their God? Where were their voices when the lips of Governor Barnett dripped with words of interposition and nullification? Where were they when Governor Wallace gave a clarion call for defiance and hatred? Where were their voices of support when bruised and weary Negro men and women decided to rise from the dark dungeons of complacency to the bright hills of creative protest?”

Yes, these questions are still in my mind. In deep disappointment I have wept over the laxity of the church. But be assured that my tears have been tears of love. There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. Yes, I love the church. How could I do otherwise? I am in the rather unique position of being the son, the grandson and the great grandson of preachers. Yes, I see the church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.

There was a time when the church was very powerful–in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town, the people in power became disturbed and immediately sought to convict the Christians for being “disturbers of the peace” and “outside agitators.”‘ But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were “a colony of heaven,” called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests. Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent–and often even vocal–sanction of things as they are.

But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century.” (MLK,JR Letter from a Birmingham Jail in Response to 8 clergymen “call for unity” who advocated the courts as the proper way of means to win equality).

There is much to commend in MLK’s letter. I am most certain that MLK would be thoroughly opposed to abortion because he commended the early church’s opposition to infanticide, which was the then practice of abortion. Though we have progressed in technology and can terminate a baby’s life inside the womb, it is no less heinous than infanticide. Partial Birth abortion is undeniably forced infanticide, as was some of the cases of botched partial birth abortion where the babies were pulled out alive and left to die without care….as was testified by  MLK was calling the church to live up to its heavenly identity and be a “colony of heaven” speaking truth and righteousness to society.

Part of this call to the church is really a call to love our neighbor. We are told by Christ that we are to love our neighbor as He has loved us. He commends a Samaritan, a societal enemy of the Jew, for his love for a dying man and caring for him. We are called to love the weak and vulnerable among us.

It is no coincidence that Dr. Alveda King, MLK’s niece, continues her uncle’s dream for justice and equality by standing against abortion, which she sees as necessarily connected to her uncle’s stand for civil rights.

The Racism and Politics of Planned Parenthood

by  Ericka Andersen 

The dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. was more than desegregation. It was prosperity, life and liberty — Constitutional metrics for success — for every person of every color in every stage of life. King’s niece, Dr. Alveda King, now leads a movement pitted against Planned Parenthood for targeting the black community for abortion.

On Thursday, King joined other African-American leaders and pastors in a march at the Republican and Democratic National committee headquarters to urge legislators to reject the $10 million in funding PP has pledged to donate to influence the election.

Students for Life of America and the National Black Pro-Life Union have campaigned heavily against the federal funding of Planned Parenthood, who received $350 million in taxpayer funds last year alone.

“We are uniting civil rights and moral rights to fulfill the dream of what my uncle called ‘the beloved community,’” said King. “We start where life begins, with the babies, and we will march on until abortion, racism and all society’s ills bow to the truth that we are all one race.”

1 last stat…Abortion Kills more blacks than Aids, Cancer, heart disease, accidents, and violent crime combined.

Human Rights Begin With the Right to Life

When Barack Obama was asked by Rick Warren in the Saddleback forum where America has most failed, his response:

“I think America’s greatest moral failure in my lifetime has been that we still don’t abide by that basic [p]recept in Matthew that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me. And notion of — that basic principle applies to poverty. It applies to racism and sexism. It applies to, you know, not having — not thinking about providing ladders of opportunity for people to get into the middle class. I mean, there is a purvasive [sic] sense I think that this country is wealthy and powerful as we still don’t spend enough time thinking about the least of these…”

I commend Obama’s concern for the poor and human rights. First off, I think he is grossly misapplying Mt 25 as mandating the Gov’t to redistribute wealth to the poor and creating more opportunities for the poor and middle class. But I want to say that human rights, caring for the least among us begins with life in the womb. That is the foundation for concerns about sex-trafficking, slavery, etc. it begins with the very issue of life.

Obama and many others who say that they are concerned about the “least among us” don’t include the unborn in that category. Obama has already stated, “There will always be people, many of goodwill, who do not share my view on the issue of choice. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield”. (Barack Obama before Planned Parenthood).

 He has vowed to sign the “Freedom of Choice Act” which will mandate that health caregivers provide abortions against conscious, etc. He has a fight on his hand should he choose that route…1/3 hospitals are private and mostly Catholic and they have already vowed that they will not carry out abortions in their facilities. We’ll see where this all leads.

You can be for equality in race, for workers rights, for animal rights, for environmental rights, but it is all vain if you aren’t for the right to life itself.

The Church’s Worship is Affected by It’s Stand for Justice

Amos 5:21-24 (ESV)
21 “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. 22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. 23 Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. 24 But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

          God rejects Israel’s worship because they have not dealt justly in the land

          Though Israel was a theocracy and we are not, the Church must stand for justice, even if the civil gov’t fails to do so. MLK talked about the need for the church to once again be a powerful force in society…yes, we can be involved in politics and certain causes, but let us never abrogate or give up our prophetic voice in society and somehow think that merely voting a certain way is the extent of the justice for which we are to stand.

Okay, where is Jesus this morning? First, He is a lover of children which is clearly demonstrated in the Gospels:

Luke 18:15-17 (ESV)

15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Mark 10:13-16 (ESV)

13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

Matthew 19:13-15 (ESV)

13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away.

Luke records that even infants were being brought to Jesus…literally babies. Luke is the physician Gospel writer so he knows what he is talking about.

Mark records that Jesus was indignant. He is only mentioned to have gotten angry a few times in Scripture and this is one of them, when His disciples thought children were insignificant to the ministry of Jesus.

Matthew records that they were brought to Jesus to lay his hands on them AND PRAY.

It was customary in Jewish culture at this time to bring children to rabbis and elders on the day of atonement or other days for a blessings, which would usually involve the laying on of hands, a prayer for God’s blessings upon the child, and a benediction of sorts.

Jesus response that the kingdom of God belongs to “such” as the little children is a lesson for us that childlikeness is more glorifying to God than “mature” self-reliance.

          Children are not irrelevant to Jesus, though they may be to some adults.

          Even Jesus disciples thought they were irrelevant, which provoked Jesus.

          Jesus is provoked by the seeming insignificance a 6 fingered child has in the eyes of his mommy, who murders him. Because one mom wants a boy instead of a girl, she has her daughter aborted. On and on it goes and Jesus is provoked. Every life bears the image of God, and when the viability or worth of human life becomes something arbitrary in the eye of the beholder, who is usually Mom in most cases of abortion, then we cheapen life.

          We also arrogate to ourselves a place of authority that rests in God’s hands.

You were created by God to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever. You are not the result of cosmic bangs and upward evolution. The dirt you walk on and the water you drink are not distant relatives. God.

I was told a story by a friend recently who said that at a walk for life there were some snickering teens. He went up and asked them why it is a federal crime to kill eagles eggs, but perfectly okay to kill human life for any and every reason (even sex, etc). the response was flooring, “Because we aren’t an endangered species”. Wow!!! We have descended and continue to descend to become a most brute people should we harvest humans for the sake of research and transplanting organs…where we are headed. We are a brutish people if we deem people at old age no longer viable to live and better off dead rather than drain healthcare resources…which is where we are headed.

          We say to the most vulnerable among us…the infant dependant upon mommy in her womb and the elderly in hospice care and other care where they need caregivers…that your life is of no value.

          Past generations knew how to die well, with dignity. Families would respect their elders and show loving compassion. Today, I read that many elderly are dying lonely in hospice care.

          The cheapening of human life has led to and continues to lead to genocide…which isn’t much different than abortion, which is the killing of someone who would make our life inconvenient.

          An assault on human life in an assault on God, whose image in all of us rests.

Lastly this morning, I want to exult in the greater life, the eternal life that is granted those who turn to God in repentance. While we stand for the sanctity of life and justice in our society, let us be reminded that this world is not our home and this life is not the summation of who we are. We not only bear the image of God, but we bear the image of Christ and eternal life. It is that great eternal hope that we must be eager to share with all of our neighbors.

Also, we were of deprave minds and once thought like this corrupt world. Apart from divine grace, we would have a cheap view of human life. Let us therefore be humble, knowing that apart from grace, we would remain blind and wretched.

May our engagement on the issue of life be humble, compassionate, firm, loving, unwavering, and above all, Christ-Exalting. May we season our speech with the Gospel in all things!!!

 Also, for those who have experienced abortion, who have aided a friend or relative in abortion, …For parents and grandparents who actually encouraged abortion to daughters and sons..I pray that you acknowledge your acts as sinful and for those of you who already have bourn the pain and torment of such a decision, know that though our sin is great, His grace is greater yet. None of our sin can outgrace our Savior. Where sin abounds, much more does His grace.

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Comments
  1. Scott Kistler says:

    Rick, this was a very powerful collection of evidence. I am especially interested in the Margaret Sanger quotes. Have you read her writings?

    There was a powerful eugenics movement in the early 20th century in the U.S., with laws that sometimes forced people to be sterilized. The Holocaust discredited it, I think. God grant that we might discredit our parallel evils without something so horrible.

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