We have to be rescued from ourselves; the only one capable of rescuing us, and the only one capable of paying the penalty of our sins is God Himself.
- Jeremy Wiggins
People are disappearing in America, and no one is calling the police, no investigations are being held, and no missing person reports are being filed. They are just disappearing.
We have believed for a long time that our nation is on the decline – morally, spiritually, and now physically. By physically, I am speaking to the fact that we are dying out as Americans. We see this happening in different ethnicities and age groups all over the country. Looking at the causes behind the disappearance of our citizens shows a dark spiritual battle being waged for the lives of Americans.
We have already seen this is in major metropolitan areas such as New York City. Abortion has become second nature there, resulting in a negative population growth for African-Americans. What does that mean? It means that more black babies are being aborted annually than are actually being born. CNSNEWS reports that:
In 2012, there were more black babies killed by abortion (31,328) in New York City than were born there (24,758), and the black children killed comprised 42.4% of the total number of abortions in the Big Apple, according to a report by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
But African-Americans are not the only ones being affected by the decline of couples becoming parents. We are now seeing a population decrease in whites as well in one-third of the states in the US. This means that due to parents having fewer children and more children being killed through abortion, America now has a negative population index.
The University of New Hampshire conducted the study, and the results are on par with what we know about the prevailing mindset of childbirth in America: Babies are burdens. The study shows the changing birth rate:
Nationally, the ratio of non-Hispanic white births to deaths is nearly at par, at 1.04 births for every death. The ratio is much higher for minority groups, particularly among Latinos, whose rate is 5.4 births for every death. The ratio for blacks is 1.94 births for every death, and for Asians, it is 1.75 births.
It isn’t just on the birth end of the life cycle that people are trying to play God; people are also trying to dictate the when and how of their deaths.
Dangerous new bills, like the one passed in Washington D.C., are intended to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. The new proposal, “modeled after Oregon’s law, threatens the most vulnerable in the District, including the elderly, those with disabilities and the chronically ill.”
Man has decided that in life, he knows best. Of course, as Christians, we recognize the fact that this type of behavior has been going on since the Garden of Eden when man decided he didn’t need God interfering in his life anymore and decided to become like God. The rest of the world, however, haven’t caught on to this and continue to worship themselves, with the idol factories in their hearts telling them that they are really in charge of their lives, especially when it comes to having a baby or determining their own deaths.
There is, however, a still small voice that keeps beckoning to the greater population: Man was created in the image of God with the Law of God written on his heart. This is why there is such vehement backlash from groups like Planned Parenthood, who feel the need to continually degrade those on the side of life in order to keep their doors open. Or why a French television station rejected a video about “the abilities of children with Down syndrome last week because the children’s smiles might ‘disturb’ women who had abortions.”
God instructs us in Genesis 1:28 to “be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.” We are instructed to take dominion over planet Earth with the implicit instruction that God would reign over man as sovereign. Not only did Adam and Eve fail to follow this, but we also continue to rebel against God. We have decided that we know better than a Holy God as to if we should have children, or how many we should have, or if they deserve to live, or if they would be a burden. We have also told God that He is a liar and that He doesn’t really care when or how we die. We reject Matthew 10:29 and say that we don’t matter and neither does the sparrow.
The only cure for a culture of rebellion and death, whether it is spiritual death or physical death, is salvation. We have to be rescued from ourselves; the only one capable of rescuing us, and the only one capable of paying the penalty of our sins is God Himself.