There once was a mother who took her 4-year-old son to the zoo. They had a wonderful day. The enjoyed all the exhibits. Finally, they came to the gorilla exhibit which was an open exhibit. All that separated man and beast was a 15-foot drop and a moat of water.
After snapping some pictures the mother noticed that their child was no longer beside her. Frantically, the mother searched for him.
Much to her surprise, she heard from a gentleman nearby that the child had climbed the fence and was crawling toward the 15-foot drop into the moat. No one was able to react quick enough, and the 4-year-old soon found himself at the bottom of the 15-foot drop with a large 400lb, 17-year-old gorilla coming toward him.
Several people were calling out to the child to remain calm, others screamed, others called 911….all-the-while the mother stood there feeling helpless as she watched her 4-year-old being dragged around by a 400lb gorilla by his leg through the moat.
Eventually, the zoo keepers arrived and had to make a quick decision: attempt to save both the gorilla and the child, or just the child. They chose to save the child and put a bullet through the gorilla…thus ending the ordeal.
Or so we thought.
As the story gained traction throughout the country, people from all over began to call for the arrest of the parents for neglect. Other’s said the parents should be put down like the gorilla. The hate, vitriol, and utter contempt for the death of the gorilla became apparent.
No one seemed to care that a 4-year-old child’s life was saved. All that mattered was that a 17-year-old, 400lb gorilla had been killed and that the only one who was responsible for the death of this gorilla was a mother who temporarily lost sight of her child.
That same day, another mother ventured into a clinic instead of a zoo.
Life until now was good. She had gone throughout her days without hardly a care in the world. She was young, she was free, and she had nothing to fear. She spent a lot of time at the movies, at the art galleries admiring the exhibits, taking selfies and posting them to Facebook, taking pictures of her BFF’s while they were spending a night on the town…but suddenly one night while she was with her significant other, or some random guy she just met…she had a momentary lapse of judgment, and lost sight of her self-control. Before she even realized it her self-control had climbed over the fence and taken the 15-foot plunge into a trap.
She became pregnant.
Several days had passed and this mother spent hours vacillating over whether or not she was ready to be a mother.
She talked with her BFF’s, and her mom, and the random guy she had gotten pregnant by, and her counselors at school, and the local Planned Parenthood folks…and all agreed…she wasn’t ready to be a mother, and that there was an easy fix.
On the day the gorilla died, that woman joined 3,000+ other women, walked into a clinic, and murdered her unborn child to save herself from responsibility, embarrassment, that awkward talk with her parents or boyfriend, and avoided taking a serious hit to her level of convenience.
Several days later not many folks said anything about it. In fact, the one’s who did praised the woman for being strong, and brave, and for taking part in her rights to women’s reproductive healthcare. No one was calling for her arrest, or for her to be put down like she did her own child.
We have lost our way in America and it is made evident in this tale of two mothers.
One mother watched a gorilla die while trying to save her child.
Another mother watched her unborn child die while trying to save her reputation.
One mother was condemned a criminal and negligent.
Another mother was praised and lauded a women’s rights hero.
What does it say about us as a people when a gorilla and a mother who intentionally murders her child are praised as victims, while a mother who temporarily loses sight of her child and does everything she can to rescue him is decried as a criminal?
We need to wake up as a nation and hit our knees in repentance for the evil we have perpetrated on the unborn before the judgment hand of God falls upon us and forces us to our knees instead.
Isaiah 5:20-24 ESV
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right!
Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom go up like dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.