Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward. – Psalms 127:3
Around 10 years ago a horrific event was reported in such detail and through so many consecutive news cycles that I stopped tuning in to local news and radio programming. It was around this time that Andrea Yates tragically murdered her five kids by drowning them in the bathtub. Stories like this, especially involving children, leave me feeling extremely depressed.
I think the story hit me especially hard because I have four children of my own that were close in age to the murdered children. I just can’t fathom how people can do such horrible things to their own kids. I know that the Bible tells us “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9. Yes, desperately sick. Jeremiah wasn’t kidding. The Yates children weren’t even buried before the so-called ‘experts” and talking heads were on television racing to the mother’s defense as they tried to explain why she did what she did. I heard blame assessed to everything from mis-diagnosis of mental illness to postpartum depression to the burdens her husband placed on her. Indeed, Andrea Yates snapped . . . but perhaps this terrible tragedy is a symptom of a larger issue.
As I ponder this phenomenon of crimes perpetuated against children it occurs to me that there is an explanation for the madness. Removing God from our society and replacing it with an abortion on demand culture have so devalued life that some no longer look upon children as what they are, a gift from the Lord, but rather a yoke upon their necks that prevents them from chasing their dreams and having fun. Look at the recent Casey Anthony trial, for example. I truly believe, as do most people, that she murdered her baby Caylee. Not only is she walking away free, but she will most likely make millions of dollars from book and television rights about her story! I wish that cases like these were isolated events but, unfortunately, they are not. You can’t watch the news or listen to the radio for long without hearing similar stories, or even worse.
I believe the road back to sanity lies in the culture we once knew. We seldom, if ever, heard of anything like the present day atrocities happening 100 years ago, did we? It’s not like people of that era had less children or less hardships placed on them. In fact most people had more than five children and life was extremely challenging compared to modern times. But people in those far-away days had an anchor. Most planted their lives in a society of worship and a nation founded on Godly principles. The erosion of faith has its consequences.
The good news . . . is the Good News! We, the Christian people, are reclaiming our status as a nation built on God. We have witnessed the fallout of abandoning Christian values. And we have had enough. To all of you who keeping the faith, I commend you. To those who are fighting the good fight in the voting booth, I thank you. To those who reject moral relativism and justification for abusive acts, I applaud you.
And to those who cherish and appreciate your children, may God bless you richly. God bless us all, and may these blessings become apparent in the media.