When the unthinkable becomes the thinkable

By: American Decency Staff

I’m writing this with a very heavy heart on the day after our duly elected Senators voted—in essence—to allow and promote infanticide. The bill they were voting on, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S 311) had nothing to do with a woman’s reproductive rights; rather it was about giving babies born as a result of an “unsuccessful” abortion the same degree of medical care as those born at the same stage of a pregnancy. It’s like “no child left behind,” but in this case to be left behind is to be left to die.

In an email alert we sent out yesterday (2/25) encouraging our readers to contact their Senators asking them to support the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S 311), I wrote the following: “harder yet to believe is the number of states that are promoting infanticide when a baby escapes the abortionist’s clutches with his/her heart beating, lungs breathing, and soul waiting to be loved. This shouldn’t happen anywhere; but it should especially be unthinkable in America.

The Daily Signal reports: “The Senate voted 53-44 in favor of legislation that would protect survivors of abortion, falling short of the necessary 60 votes to proceed as Democrats blocked the bill when only three of them joined Republicans.” To this I might add that all the Democrat candidates for president voted against this bill. Each of them refused to be a voice for the voiceless or to give help to the most helpless.

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated, “It isn’t about new restrictions on abortion. It isn’t about changing the options available to women. It’s just about recognizing that a newborn baby is a newborn baby. Period.” After the vote, he stated in disgust, “Evidently the far left is no longer convinced that all babies are created equal.

Upon hearing the results of this vote, two quotes came to mind. One from founding father Thomas Jefferson and another by philosopher-prophet-theologian Francis Schaeffer, these given in that order: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” And: “Do not mistake divine forbearance in regard to abortion for indifference. The days of Noah endured 120 years before judgment.”

My own thoughts were: A baby crossing the border of his/her mother’s cervix isn’t afforded Constitutional protections and rights by the Left, but these same politicians demand that Constitutional protections and rights be afforded to any illegal who has gained entry across our border. We will intentionally murder our own children while protecting the illegal immigrants who intentionally and unintentionally would bring us harm. “What now?”

The unthinkable is becoming the thinkable, eventually to become the accepted, and finally the expected!

A quote from Francis Schaeffer and Everett Koop’s book, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?, well describes where we sit: “Each era faces its own unique blend of problems. Our own time is no exception. Those who regard individuals as expendable raw material—to be molded, exploited, and then discarded—do battle on many fronts with those who see each person as unique and special, worthwhile, and irreplaceable…we stand today on the edge of a great abyss. At this crucial moment choices are being made and thrust on us that will for many years to come affect the way people are treated.”

Reminding us of the Nazi Holocaust and man’s propensity for depravity and destruction, barring the saving grace of God, they authors continue: “We seem to be in danger of forgetting our seemingly unlimited capacities for evil, once boundaries to certain behavior are removed. There are choices to be made in every age. And who we are depends on the choices we make. What will our choices be? What boundaries will we uphold to make it possible for people to say with certainty that moral atrocities are truly evil? Which side will we be on?

My title is based on a section from the aforementioned book which is largely quoted from below.

There is a ‘thinkable’ and an ‘unthinkable’ in every era. One era is quite certain intellectually and emotionally about what is acceptable. Yet another era decides that these ‘certainties’ are unacceptable and puts another set of values into practice. On a humanistic base, people drift along from generation to generation, and the morally unthinkable becomes the thinkable as the years move on.”

These men went on to talk about “the speed with which eras change.” Written in 1979, they spoke of how those of the ‘70s couldn’t understand those in the ‘60s because “What was unthinkable in the sixties is unthinkable no longer.”

The thinkables of the eighties and nineties will certainly include things which most people today find unthinkable and immoral, even unimaginable and too extreme to suggest. Yet—since they do not have some overriding principle that takes them beyond relativistic thinking—when these become thinkable and acceptable in the eighties and nineties, most people will not even remember that they were unthinkable in the seventies. They will slide into each new thinkable without a jolt.

What we regard as thinkable and unthinkable about how we treat human life has changed drastically in the West. For centuries Western culture has regarded human life and the quality of the life of the individual as special. It has been common to speak of ‘the sanctity of human life.’”

What has brought us to the point of murdering our own children AFTER they have been born? Why has the unthinkable and unimaginable become the thinkable and doable today? Why will America continue down an unimaginable and horror-filled future barring the grace of God to turn us to repentance? Schaeffer and Koop have an answer for that as well:

Judeo-Christian teaching was never perfectly applied, but it did lay a foundation for a high view of human life in concept and practice. Knowing biblical values, people viewed human life as unique—to be protected and loved—because each individual is created in the image of God. …

Why has our society changed? The answer is clear: The consensus of our society no longer rests on a Judeo-Christian base, but rather on a humanistic one. Humanism makes man ‘the measure of all things.’ It puts man rather than God at the center of all things.

When we make ourselves the standard, instead of setting a standard for ourselves which is outside ourselves, all manner of atrocious evil and inhumanity is not only possible, but proven time and again inescapable. As our society has “unbound” ourselves from God’s standards, we have not set ourselves free; but rather, we have shackled ourselves to sin, which will carry us to depths of depravity yet unknown to us.

We ask in this email, “What now?” What’s the next unthinkable? What if I were to suggest that another holocaust, one in which Christians and Jews were the victims, was possible? Right away the thought, “Impossible,” “Unthinkable,” “Not in America,” unintentionally flashed through some of your minds.

Remember, the Nazi Holocaust was impossible to imagine; whenever I see photos or video footage of those atrocities I fight back tears and wonderment that such a thing could happen. Abortion was once considered unthinkable; and if someone had suggested a decade ago that infanticide would be legal, that thought would have been met with a “Not in America.”

As the Left has stirred up anger and hatred against the Right, particularly against Christians and Jews, and has advocated for violence against those who uphold Judeo-Christian values, is it really so far-fetched? As we are made to seem subhuman with titles thrust upon us like “deplorables” and “dregs of society,” what’s next?

That isn’t the main thrust of this article but hopefully it will wake some people up and they will ask, “What now?” The church has been apathetic and many in the pews have fallen asleep at the wheel. We by-and-large did nothing when Roe v. Wade legalized abortion and we basically sat on our hands when the Supreme Court shoved homosexual “marriage” down each state’s throat. So often we don’t know what to do. Do what’s right regardless the consequences and regardless of whether you “win” or not. May God compel you to do something.

What now?

1) Remember this at election time—don’t have a case of political amnesia when it comes to the issues.

2)  Pray that God will burden your heart to cry out for His mercy, to bring about national and personal repentance.

3)  Perhaps nationally we can’t stop the train from going over the washed out bridge but may we save as many as we can through speaking the truth about God’s gracious gospel to those who are broken and deceived. Spurgeon well said, “If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

4)  Finally, let us do all we can to save the children God has placed in our sphere of influence. May we (like Deut. 6) teach our children the difference between the holy and the profane—for the world will teach them that it is not only thinkable, but that they’re expected to live denying the existence of the God who gave them life.

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