by Wayne C Anderson
From the age of nineteen until my mid-thirties, I was a firefighter working on engine companies, truck companies, fire boats, aid cars, and medic units in Seattle. During that period of time, my life was one filled with the intense stresses of dealing with people caught in tragic conditions and circumstances. I fought fires, rescued people from some of the craziest situations, and gave emergency medical care to the sick and injured. I loved the work of being the last hope in those lives and thus, bringing hope into lives of so many people. Risking my own life for the life and property of others was my job and there was an intrinsic value to my soul that enabled me to do so.
This, of course, is not my story alone. No, this is how almost all firefighters live and work and exist in our society. I consider them all as champions of courage and professionals even above those who may have much higher educations. Life at the level that firefighters see is raw and unpolitical and is unjudged life that is simply – to be saved at all costs. In my old age I still love to think of life in that base manner of “life over death.”
Through the many hundreds of life saving rescues there is something I’d like to reveal to you as a truth that you would not know about unless you are a rescuer of some kind.
It is typical that when the alarm comes, “hurry” is in order. Jump in a vehicle, red lights, sirens, surrounding all traffic patterns – getting to the scene of the emergency is what you do, as soon as is possible, as safely as is possible. Most of the time, the dispatcher on the radio informs you of what you are getting into somewhere along that rushing process.
It is in the midst of this alarm response that I want to describe to you an interesting phenomenon that is more than just common, but more like a human response to the adventures of life saving. For, it is when the dispatcher describes that a child’s life is in danger that the accelerator pedal immediately goes as far to the floor as possible and the limits for safety are more closely tested and the atmosphere amongst the rescuers becomes much more serious. Nerves go on edge, intense concentration is inevitable and there is suddenly no room for any meaningless talk or observations. Life is suddenly met with the extremes of the environment and life saving – child life saving – is now what life is about.
I experienced these kinds of alarms many times in my career in emergency work. I worked in the emergency rooms of a number of hospitals in the Seattle area and I can tell you with firsthand knowledge that technicians, nurses, and doctors go into the same kind of “child life” saving mode, though their profession seems to always have life saving as the end result.
The saving of the life of a child is that phenomenon that befuddles the strongest of humans. The life of a child matters at the very heart of life itself. In the midst of trouble, the child must be saved above the adult population – always. None dare to explain this phenomenon. It just is.
The first commandment of the Creator, God the Father of us all, the One Who formed man out of the dust of the earth and then woman out of the breast of the man, must be among the most important to every God-loving human being.
“And God created the man in His own image; in the image of God He created him. He created them male and female. And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the seas, and over birds of the heavens, and over all beasts creeping on the earth.”
This command is all too often overshadowed by the intellect of mankind, as if man is somehow more intelligent than God. As knowledge increases a kind of stupor comes over mankind and he thinks with his feelings instead of being directed by his covenant of life with the Lord. The sensual (senses) have a more settling force in man’s being than a relationship with the Creator. Man’s view of the world becomes one of the need to satisfy the sensual needs of food, feelings, sex and power. These are the cornerstones of the world. This is worldliness.
“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, because all that which is in the world: the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and its lust. But the one doing the will of God abides forever.”
In the days that the children of Israel were enslaved to the lustful power of Pharaoh and the Egyptians, Pharaoh feared the loss of Israel. Israel was the source of much satisfaction of Pharaoh’s lust but they were getting too strong and there were soothsayers who spoke of a deliverer that would be coming to set Israel’s children free. So, the powerful spirit of Pharaoh overruled God and began to murder innocent children so that they would not fulfill their destinies. For their destinies might overpower Egypt and take the source of Pharaoh’s lust fulfillment away.
Any child born might have taken away his riches, his lifestyle, and destroyed or at least hampered the pride of his position. So, the best thing for him to do was kill the children.
That spirit of the world did not leave with the Pharaohs of Egypt. Herod did the same. Bethlehem was the village that birthed great destiny for mankind. Yet the threat of such an imposition as a child who might curb his lust for food, feelings, sex, and power drove him to murder the young destinies. In doing so he cursed God and tried to foil God’s plans for the salvation of man which would rescue them from the lustful evil of men like Herod.
The same spirit is exampled in the self-centered western world today. Murder the unborn destinies so that lustful lifestyles will not be threatened.
Destiny is most important to God the Father and how we handle that destiny ought to be most important to us.
Let’s look at some history that should tell us what the Creator thinks about us breaking His first command to mankind.
As soon as man and woman are formed/created, “…God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…’” Yet, we find some critical information about how evil man can get and what the Lord thinks about those who consider Him out of touch so that they fulfill their lustful desires instead of God’s loving desires for man’s destiny.
The Book of Jasher, mentioned twice in the Bible, tells of how soon after the creation of mankind, during the lifespan of Adam and Eve, man rebels against God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply” and manipulate nature so that they can express their lustful desires.
“For in those days the sons of men began to trespass against God, and to transgress the commandments which he had commanded to Adam, to be fruitful and multiply in the earth. And some of the sons of men caused their wives to drink a draught that would render them barren, in order that they might retain their figures and whereby their beautiful appearance might not fade. And when the sons of men caused some of their wives to drink, Zillah drank with them. And the child-bearing women appeared abominable in the sight of their husbands as widows, whilst their husbands lived, for to the barren ones only they were attached.”
Surely, this must sound familiar to our day. I remember how the ’60’s brought in the technology of “the pill” and all the controversy as well as continual discussion about controlling our procreation so that we do not curb our sensual fulfillments. People want sex and lots of it, and the insatiable hunger of desires without considering the holiness of our relationship with God. Jews and Christians were just as involved with the discussions and somehow it became most important that women remain sexy instead of motherly even in the religious discussions of church and synagogue. The mind is made up for appearance is everything and children are only a further ornament to our expressions of life. This thinking in the church took the edge off the real target of evil that was besetting us as a people. We were making our way in the 60’s to the ultimate goal of aborting the unborn destinies and destroying lives for generations to come. You see, things developed quickly with this new age of technology so that we were no longer talking about a pill but “a procedure.” Although, “…God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…’” but what about overpopulation, as if there even is such a thing.
Children became anything but the “blessings” that the scriptures speak of.
Irene and I said “no” to that way of thinking. We had as many children as the Lord would give to us. We literally found that every child brought us to better financial positions of planning and giving and receiving. We also found that with every child there came new ministries in nations that we were able to establish. Children were not in our way, they were our way to the glorious will of the Lord for our lives. Even though sometimes raising children was hard for us, that was the very place where we would grow. We don’t grow in the easy times. While pastoring so many families, we also have come to know that the children we are given are God’s direction in that they will set the path He intends for us in lieu of our own fruitless dreams that are self yielding and not His plan.
There was a new prosperity coming forth within the Church as well as the United States as a nation. From this place of prosperity and “dream catching” the Church failed its mission of declaring the first command of the Lord to “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…”
While the Church was trying to find its way into the new prosperity, the real wickedness slipped in and the right standing with God for a nation and a generation of people was stolen. Abortion became legal. In a way, the Church supported the ban on children and abortion caught more strength as time went on.
I suggest that it was probably not much different in the days of the kings of Israel when they turned the hearts of so many of the people to sacrifice their children to Molech the demon god who required the lives and destinies of children to be murdered by fire and other extreme measures.
A few in the western Church stood up to this evil and demonstrated and had powerful prayer meetings, but it was almost as if the real force that these few were facing was coming from within the organized Church across the United States and the western world.
Rowe vs. Wade was a precedent setting Supreme Court decision. This precedent became relied upon as a greater foundation than the scriptures themselves. The Church was building it’s ministries instead of raising up a generation of leaders that would go into the government to work against the wickedness of such political decisions. Rowe vs. Wade was a ruling in favor of the lustful, but was not justice on behalf of the child still in the womb. Thus, it is not justice at all. It was, in fact a farce. Wisdom was laid aside to protect the promiscuous lifestyle of the lustful.
The god of Molech of old is still being worshipped by the highest courts in the land. Those who worshipped Molech in biblical times surrounded Israel and projected their lustful desire for this wickedness upon the children of God. They have done so today as well. So, while much of the Church has neglected God’s command to be fruitful and multiply, and to value the life of each child that God has destined for their family, the Muslim world, who are multiplying with every month, have not. We, the body of Christ upon the earth, have strayed from the will of the Lord and have nothing to do but repent.
So, we must repent. The axe is laid at the root and it is time to show forth the fruit of repentance. We must turn this ungodly tide around and move it out to sea where it belongs. That which has become politically correct in the Western Church today, must come to a halt. I have friends who pastor really big churches and tell me that if they ever got up and preached against abortion, that a sizable percentage of their congregations would leave the church immediately. That is one sad testimony for the Christian Church. Yes, it is time to repent and show the fruit of repentance in our lives.
A little more than 60 years ago, my mother, Marie Anderson, was quite ill. Her doctors told her and my father that the baby she was carrying would be the death of her and the baby, before full term. They strongly suggested to my mother and dad that they have a “procedure” to save my mom’s life, (but not the baby’s). Both my mother and my father defied the death wish upon my mother and me. I was born. She also lived. I think there are a lot of people that are glad that my mother and father had the courage to stand. Not like so many people in the United States today who don’t have the courage to stand up for life. A child in the womb has a destiny. If you kill that child it effects everything – everything. One life proves that it is true for all lives. So, I stand up for the life of the unborn child.
It is unnatural for people to kill their young. It is unnatural for people to allow their lusts to command their lifestyles to such a degree that they will commit the abominable and then argue that it is not so bad as what life would be like if the child came to full term and lived upon this earth.
We must not only have our children, but we must also teach our children. We must teach them to become lawyers and judges of righteousness and go against the grain. We must train them as statesmen so that they will go into government and steward the land from government positions. We must teach our children to steward the marketplace in a righteous manner so that the marketplace leads the way of righteousness in every community. We must teach them to have children and love them enough to teach them the same godly principles.
Abortion has now destroyed an entire generation of people with the destinies that we needed. Abortion of the unborn due to that consuming lust has brought about the most severe genocide in history. Because children are no longer a blessing, there is a hatred that has arisen – hatred toward God and hatred toward children. Abortion has indeed become the ultimate hate crime upon the earth today.
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