Conditioned by the Truth

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:13) [NIV]

I went to see the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic three times. I was blown away by the special effects and the emotional journey of retelling the 1912 sinking of the original ship. As the son of an immigrant who voyaged to America, I was eager to take my parents.

As we sat in the theater and the film unfolded, we drew near the “sketching” scene where the female starlet reclined naked on the couch while her romantic interest created a pencil sketch of her. Suddenly, I was filled with terror. How could I take my parents to see nudity after all they had done to raise me as a decent and respectful young man?

Unfortunately, nudity had become common in movies. By 1997, it had dulled my senses and fostered a passive acceptance of something that, a generation earlier, was objectionable.

The same has occurred with abortion.

Since the June 2022 Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, efforts to liberalize state abortion laws have continually been 100% successful.

Why?

The Bible tells us that when you have an evil-inclined world (Genesis 8:21), people’s selfless commitment to others’ welfare chills over time (Matthew 24:12). It is a process that can occur without realizing we have changed.

For two generations, the American public has been conditioned to accept that some lives are expendable. Sensitized consciences have been dulled over the years. Some statistics suggest the Dobbs decision has had the opposite intended effect – meaning the loss of more lives in the womb.

This is a spiritual problem. There is a deeper problem than a society deciding it is OK to terminate unborn human life. As predicted, given time, people will call evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20). They will gather themselves into like-minded groups to support their errors (2 Timothy 4:3).

We cannot stand by silently (Proverbs 31:8-9). We also cannot try to beat the world at its own game with its own tools (2 Corinthians 10:4). Change begins with a renewed heart (Colossians 3:10). Such transformation occurs through the ministry of God’s Word (James 1:21). Better laws come from better hearts. We are God’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20). It is time to get the word out.

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