This week marked the the anniversary of one of America’s darkest days when abortion became legal in our nation. Since pro-abortion websites tend not to deal in reporting specific numbers and pro-life websites certainly do, it is from the National Right to Life website we discover that over 56 million babies have been aborted since January 21, 1973. That works out to an average of 3,000 every day in the past 41 years. As one protestor’s sign read, “The abortion doctor has killed more Americans than all our wars combined.” Yet, those 56 million people were naked and completely defenseless. They were totally innocent.
The Psalmist decries the apostasy of the chosen people of old, saying, “But they mingled with the nations And learned their practices, and served their idols, which became a snare to them. They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons, and shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the blood” (Psa. 106:35-38). Proverbs 6:17 declares “shedding innocent blood” as something God hates, while Isaiah reveals that those separated from God include those who “hasten to shed innocent blood” (59:7). In discussing one who was murdered without cause, Moses warned that those who shed innocent blood face bloodguiltiness (Deu. 19:10).
The last passage indicates a responsibility carried by the one who shed innocent blood, whether an adult having done nothing worthy of death—per that context—or anyone else who has done nothing worthy of having his or her life ended. Consistently, the Old Testament shows God’s attitude toward taking innocent lives. As God certainly sees the unborn as living human beings (Jer. 1:5; Psa. 139:15-16; Luke 1:15; etc.), He sees the taking of those lives as the shedding of innocent blood! The consequence of that is bloodguiltiness.
Whatever consequence our nation faces for this multi-generational practice, we need to reach out to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers. With such a high number of abortions, many of them know, firsthand and in another sense, the bloodguiltiness. Perhaps there are those who callously look back at the act, but most undoubtedly wrestle with guilt, regret, and loss. What an opportunity to minister to so many who understand the weight and burden of sin! May we share the good news of the innocent Man whose blood was shed to provide them the realistic expectation of forgiveness.