This is for all the voices that will never be heard. I'm talking about the great multitude of people who will never even have the chance to speak for themselves because their lives were ended inside their mother's womb.
During World War 2 there was a couple from Ukraine who were taken to Germany and put in a forced labor camp by the Nazis. They experienced extreme hardship and witnessed things that no one should ever have to witness. At one point the woman, whose name was Eva, was going to be sent to a gas chamber to be killed. Her husband Wasyl knew how to make coats, and so he offered the commanding officer the best coat he could imagine in exchange for the life of Eva. The circumstances in this camp were horrific, but Wasyl and Eva managed to survive. After the war they were stuck in this camp. Conditions had not improved very much. Eva became pregnant, and birthed a baby boy. The boy was very sick, and the Germans who ran the camp put him in a building to let him die. He may not have meant anything to these wicked men, but this baby boy was precious to his Ukrainian parents. His life had infinite value to them. Wasyl decided to do something about it. He snuck into the building his son was in, put him in a potato sack, snuck him out, and hid him in a barn. Eva and other people from the camp took turns taking care of him until he got better. This Ukrainian couple lived in horrendous conditions with very little hope of being able to give their child a good life. However, they knew the value of life and risked everything to preserve it, even in these circumstances. When the boy was 5 years old, the Americans helped get him and his family, which included a new baby sister, to the United States where they finally enjoyed freedom after enduring such immense suffering. They arrived in New York at Ellis Island, which to them was a shining beacon of hope and liberty after they had lived under terrible oppression for so long. The little boy in this story was my dad. If my grandparents had not valued his life, I wouldn't be here today.
Recently New York state passed legislation that allows for abortion up to the point of birth. The passing of this legislation was celebrated by lighting a pink light at the top of the One World Trade Center in New York City, a stark contrast to the beacon of hope and liberty that my grandparents experienced when they emigrated here. This recent act was a celebration of death, a big middle finger towards God, and a plea for His judgement.
I'm usually not very vocal about politics, but this is so horrendous I cannot bear to keep silent. Someone needs to speak for those who cannot. Let me be clear since so many seem to be confused. Abortion is MURDER. Life begins at conception, and when you intentionally end another's life you commit murder. Science bears witness that a unique individual with all the DNA necessary to develop into an adult human being exists at conception, much less as it is being delivered into the world. Scripture testifies that this is God's perspective as well, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb.” (Psalms 139:13)
Celebrating the murder of God's precious children invites His judgement. I don't know exactly what that might mean, but if I was anyone involved in this evil I would be extremely fearful of what I just brought on myself. God does not take wickedness lightly, especially towards His innocent little ones. There are even people within the Church who are not taking this situation seriously. That or they are completely blind.
The governor of New York publicly praised this legislation. He calls himself Catholic even though this is in direct opposition to God. My brothers and sisters in Christ, do not be fooled into thinking this is a representation of Christian values. There are leaders in the Church who are more concerned with being seated in the best places and greetings in the marketplace than they are with calling out evil for what it is. They are unwilling to shepherd the flock they have been entrusted with. They would have you believe that how a person behaves doesn't really matter. Many will assume that they can still follow Jesus while endorsing abortion because of the cowardice of these selfish shepherds. Let me remind you that Jesus said, “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.” (Luke 17:2) Don't be fooled. This legislation is absolutely evil. There could be an hour difference between whether it is ok to intentionally end a child's life or not! This is infanticide. I'm pleading with you brothers and sisters. Stand up and speak for these little ones who will never have the chance. Our shepherds may be unwilling, but we must be courageous.
We also must remember that in the midst of all this there is good news. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives hope to all those who have been involved in these situations. The depravity of abortion serves to illustrate how corrupt we as humans are, but even with this type of corruption there is forgiveness to be found in Jesus Christ. If you have ever had an abortion, repent and receive that forgiveness. It's there, given freely. All you have to do is admit that abortion is wrong and ask for forgiveness. Don't wait. Now is the time to stand up for life. These little ones need us.
William Joseph Scheremet