TODAY’S READING: 2 Kings 24–25; 2 Chronicles 36
It wasn’t just Jeremiah who sunk into the miry clay. Jeremiah prophesied in the days that the kingdom of Judah finally gave up the ghost. The kingdom was established on covenantal grounds, and God’s missionary purpose was the heart and soul of the covenant and kingdom. When God’s people strayed from this non-negotiable understanding, God sent messengers to remind them of the main thing, “but they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy” (2 Chr. 36:16). Second Kings repeats the same sentiment because they had “filled Jerusalem with innocent blood [child sacrifice], which the Lord would not pardon” (24:4).
The Lord of life will not tolerate senseless death whether through abortion or neglect of our missionary commission. Both rebellious sins result in billions dying. The killing of unborn babies and the reluctance to spend ourselves that the unreached may be born again are equal and connected evils: both would rather others die, unprotected or unwarned, than be inconvenienced. If we do nothing about the unborn and the unreached, if we do not respond to God’s command to fight for life, then we break covenant with Him, scoff at His messengers, and the wrath of God will rise until there is no remedy. With the blood of fifty million unborn on our hands and the blood of 3.15 billion unreached on our heads, surely wrath is nigh and remedy runs out.
The enemy is most vile in his demonic success when he succeeds in getting us to kill our own. How many future missionaries lie buried in tiny graves? How many unreached will die because a “Christian” nation aborted our own missionaries? A less decried corporate murder, another abortion campaign is the emasculation of men. Men were born to fight, and the spirit behind homosexuality denies masculinity and seeks to kill the warrior spirit. If the enemy can get us to kill our own children and emasculate our own men, he can sit back in demonic satisfaction as we destroy ourselves and no one lives so that the nations may not die. There are on average seven single missionary women for every one single missionary man. Where are the missionary men? Have we killed them in the cradle of the womb or the cradle of culture, media, and caricature?
What if there is a deeper core to the travesties of abortion and homosexuality? What if the implications are so much bigger than our “rights,” “convenience,” or “pleasure”? What if these issues are about the nations and the glory of God among all peoples? What if by getting us to kill our children and neuter our men, the devil knows he can hold unreached people captive and death will reign both at home and abroad? Maybe there is yet one last remedy for wrath. Maybe the fate of the unborn, unchallenged, and unreached are all connected. Perhaps as we fight for the abolition of abortion, the warrior masculinity of men, and the glory of God among all peoples, God will have mercy on our land and hold back the winepress of His wrath.