There are some things that just make your jaw drop with disgust. Take for example the case of Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique who was recently found guilty of medical malpractice after giving “medical” responsibility to unlicensed personnel and after “failing to keep an accurate medical record.” “Failing to keep a medical record of what?” you ask. A cut-out ingrown toe nail? A mole removed from a patient’s back? A drained cyst? No, he failed to accurately document that he had his associate throw away a living baby as though it were a piece of rubbish. Upon further reading of the Associated Press article, it becomes quite clear that a living infant being tossed into a trash can is not what caused the uproar, but it was the improper disposal of the child. The medical board revoked the license of Dr. Renelique, essentially saying to him, “We do not know how you do murder children in Haiti, Doctor, but in Florida we murder our children humanely and without harming to the environment.”
In spite of this and in spite of the millions upon millions of “humane” abortions, we find that God is still true to his Word and he is still just and merciful. God’s Truth is in this way validated in his proclamations concerning the wickedness of men. For Paul writes in his letter to the Romans:
None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one. Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.1
We find today that the state of men, despite public education, social programs, etc. is the same as it has ever been, it is simply more technologically sophisticated. We shed blood, but we do it “sterilely” and “humanely”, and in such a way that does not taint our beloved environment. We do it and explain it away with our naturalistic philosophies, suppressing the fact that the wrath of God is being stored up against such ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.
People jabber, “If there is a good and omnipotent God, why does he allow such evil to happen?” The question that each of them should be asking instead is: “Why has God, being just and omnipotent, been so merciful to me thus far, and what measure of wrath have I stored up for myself for the evil that I have done?” Calvin puts it this way:
When any one crime calls forth visible manifestations of [God’s] anger, it must be because he hates all crimes; and, on the other hand, his leaving many crimes unpunished, only proves that there is a Judgment in reserve, when the punishment now delayed shall be inflicted. In like manner, how richly does he supply us with the means of contemplating his mercy when, as frequently happens, he continues to visit miserable sinners with unwearied kindness, until he subdues their depravity, and woos them back with more than a parent’s fondness?2
The present inaction of God should not therefore be seen as a proof against God’s existence (as many foolishly make it out to be), but it is a proof that God is a merciful God.
Though there is indeed this great, general mercy that presently withholds the full blow of the hand of God from murderers and the like, there is an even greater, special mercy that is manifested in abortions. While the sad fact remains that millions of babies have been murdered at the hands of evil men by the bidding of selfish parents, the same number of those murdered have thus increased the population of the redeemed in Glory. For we see in fifth chapter of the epistle to the Romans that everyone who is born of the lineage of Adam (which is everyone) has been born with his guilt imputed to him and therefore deserves death and damnation, but Christ has come into the world as the Second Adam, bringing life to all men.3 Thus the speaker of the narrative of Romans chapter seven is able to say, “I was once alive apart from the law,” for sin, through Christ, is not imputed where there is no comprehension of the law.4 Therefore every aborted child, every stillborn baby, and every child who dies apart from the comprehension of the law and its consequent rebellion is proven elect and redeemed by the blood and work of Jesus Christ.5
While we should never relent from our pursuit for justice for those who cannot defend themselves, we should not despair knowing that the wrath of God is being stored up for those who murder the helpless and that the helpless who are murdered by the wicked are presently safe in the loving arms of him who foreknew them in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world.6
2 Institutes of the Christian Religion, I.v.7
3 cf. Romans 5:18
4 Romans 7:9 ; cf. Romans 5:13
5 For a further treatment on this subject, feel free to read my On the Scope of Adam’s Universal Condemnation and Its Implications on the Doctrine of “The Age of Accountability”
6 cf. Romans 8:29; Ephesians 1:4