Thursday, December 13, 2007

THE DARKEST OF THE DARK CLOUDS

Of all the black clouds darkening heaven, for those of us in the USA, abortion is the worst of them all.

About 18 years ago, a friend wrote a poem about a man who had a dream about heaven. In it, he saw thousands upon thousands of infants marching through heaven singing “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know”. The man instantly knew they were the souls of aborted babies, and he awoke immediately. He then woke his wife and told her “Honey .. call the doctor and cancel the appointment .. that’s not a fetus, it’s a child.”

I had previously counseled with a young lady who had an abortion several years before, and I could feel the heartache as she talked. I was moved to write a poem about the thought that those who choose abortion just don’t know what they will one day face, as a result thereof. During a slack time at the office a few hours later, I turned to my computer and began typing this poem. I called it “They Just Didn’t Know”, but as the lines poured out, a very dark mood enveloped me. Several times over the course of an hour or so, I saved the work and tried turning to some other things in the office that needed doing. But the dark mood would not go away and I could not think of anything but the burden of the poem. So I finally gave in and typed and pondered until it was done, about 45 minutes later. Not until the last line came forth, did I know what its title would actually be.

One of the evidences of inspiration, to me, is that I have a hard time remembering what I write. This one took 3 weeks to memorize. I suggest the reader contemplate it prayerfully.



IN DARKNESS SO STILL


The clinics were filling with souls gone astray
As the sadness of badness was having its way
The wealthy, the learned, concerned but with pleasure
Had multiplied misery to heights beyond measure

The masses raised glasses to self and to friends
Concerned with the moment, availing all ends
To serve but themselves, with never a thought
Of the millions of murders, and what they had wrought.

But what of that young one, confused and forlorn ..
Who hears mostly "worldness", shouldn't we warn
That should she die, having salvation received
In heaven she may face that soul she conceived

But killed, by means of abortionists' tools
And thus joined the ranks of those Godless fools
Who elevate mankind and pleasure on earth
At the cost of most everything of heavenly worth

And what of the seemingly intelligent mass
With doctoral credentials and worldly class
Who'll stand before God some day and explain
Why such agony, misery, anguish and pain

Were dealt out in measure unknown by the world
As satan's great plan to destroy us unfurled
And they, in their "wisdom", shed innocent blood
Tearing out children, in that terrible flood....

Who knows what to do and yet does it not
Is guilty of sin .. yet we know that a lot
Of good souls detesting such abomination
Have never submitted to Christ's domination

Else all that we do, and all that we say
Would speak volumes against those events of this day
That cause those who look on this product of woe
To know with a certainty that satan's the foe.

So sadness envelopes us all, without choice
For those who raise not a protesting voice
And all those who face not the fruit of their acts
And doctors who kill despite biblical facts

Will all face a judge asking why, in this life
We did what we did, whether with word or with knife
I know I'll plead Jesus as my only answer
But yet I'm not happy, in the face of the cancer

Of ungodly clinics, and churches that never
Cause comfortable members to be driven to sever
Those clandestine footholds the enemy will hold
In lives that won't do what the Bible has told.

Oh God, may I ask; make me up to the task
As a witness to all, whether they ask
Or silently march to those clinics to kill
Your innocent children ... in darkness so still.


My friend CB Scott says that abortion is the most important issue before us in the 2008 Presidential Election. I doubt God cares much for the economy or oil prices, but I cannot imagine He is not preparing to do something about abortion. Make no mistake about it: we WILL stand before a very real God some day, and He is NOT going to be happy over the killing of innocent children, ripped from their mothers' wombs. That WILL happen.

That's why I wrote the poem.

17 Comments:

At 10:26 AM, December 14, 2007, Blogger Scotte Hodel said...

The safety of unborn children is our forgotten cause, and it should not be so.

 
At 1:17 PM, December 14, 2007, Blogger Alycelee said...

Thanks Bob.
I am an adopted child and on finding my birth mother she told me had abortion been legal, I would have been. This and the other miraculous graces that God has given me during the whole of my earthly life makes me so very thankful that God holds me in the palm of my hand.

 
At 2:10 PM, December 14, 2007, Blogger KellyJean said...

What an incredible poem. Years ago, I was trained as a post abortion workshop counselor. I never did get to do anything with that as we moved to another state shortly thereafter. At least, not in a workshop setting. I've had the opportunity to minister to some friends who suffer from the consequences of their choice though. I was interested in doing that because one of my best friends in high school chose to get an abortion and the very next week her boyfriend was killed in a motorcycle accident. It destroyed her life. Also, like the woman above, my husband would not be here had abortion been legal when he was conceived.

It often bothers me when abortion is not an issue among Christians when they go to the polls. Along with marital fidelity. An unborn child is the most helpless of all in our society and how a man treats his wife, the person he is supposed to love most in this world and lay his life down for, is very indicative of how honorable he is. How people can think that a man (or woman) would be more faithful to public service than he is in his private life is beyond me.

You are a very good writer Bob Cleveland.

 
At 2:36 PM, December 14, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Alyce,

God's really good at what He does, isn't He?

Kelly,

Thanks for the kind words. I read your blog. You're pretty good yourself!

 
At 7:25 PM, December 14, 2007, Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

I agree- abortion is the termination of a human life and is sin. It is killing. It is murder.

But let me point out that there is more to it than just these theological facts.

We know, for example, that adultery is wrong.

We also know that being a faithful Muslim is wrong and sinful.

And we also know that rejecting Jesus as Lord and Saviour is sinful too.

So if our knowledge is that abortion is the killing of human life, does it necessarily follow that we demand laws that ban it?

And if the only response is to make Abortion illegal, then should we not also make adultery illegal, make Islam illegal, make unbelief illegal?

Moreover, should we as Christians demand that unbelievers follow our moral code? Unbelievers do not know God, thus their hearts and consciences are not regenerate. More than that, the unbelievers are in a majority while we believers are a minority. Would our desire to make abortion illegal be a complete waste of time?

56% of Americans wish to keep Roe vs Wade while 40% want it gone. Morality is not determined by popular opinion, I agree, but surely anyone can see that changing the nation's mind on Abortion is going to be very difficult.

May I suggest a different approach?

Most pro-choice people are NOT bloodthirsty, evil demons from hell who want to increase the amount of abortions in society. They believe that a woman has a right to continue her pregnancy or not, and that abortion is not the death of a human being. Their moral stance is typical of people who are unregenerate. However they do not want lots of abortions - they just want the freedom to have them. Most pro-choice people would welcome a long term drop in abortions so long as a woman retains the freedom to have one. This is because even pro-choice people know that abortion is an invasive medical procedure.

Why is it that so many other nations have lower abortion rates than America? Moreover, these nations are not just supportive of abortion but the anti-abortion movement in these countries is too small to make a difference.

These international abortion stats are quite old, but they show that places like Germany, Belgium, New Zealand, Scotland, Finland, Norway, Switzerland and The Netherlands all have substantially lower abortion rates than the US. (The US has 26 abortions for every 100 live births. These other countries have less than 20 abortions for every 100 lives births) Yet these countries have more more liberal abortion laws than the US. What's going on?

I suggest that the way forward is to lower abortion rates from where they are now to zero, not through legal means but through duplicating the methods that these other countries use to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

 
At 10:00 PM, December 14, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

OSE:

Thanks for the comment. I think you've set the record for comment length, at least on my blog. And that's OK with me.

My poem says only what it says and doesn't address all the other things your comment does. Abortion is the sole topic, and points out that those who've had them, and those who perform them, will stand before God and explain those actions. As will people whose heads are in the sand on the topic.

The majority of your comment thus deals with things I didn't say, or issues with which I did not deal.

 
At 11:16 PM, December 15, 2007, Blogger CB Scott said...

Bob,

Thanks for publishing your poem.

You have spoken well, for ending the murder of babies is the most important thing we face as a nation.

I do not really care what other countries have done or have not done. We must do something about it here for here is where God placed us.

There is no such thing as law without morality. Any law is either morally rigtht or morally wrong. It is our biblically mandated obligation as Christ-Followers to seek justice and righteous behavior in our leaders. It is biblical for our leaders to seek justice.

True justice comes from God and we are not just if we seek any other form of justice be it foreign or domestic. It is either God's justice or it is not just. Abortion is not just.

Therefore, it was a national sin to justify it by law. We are obligated to remove it by just law.

cb

 
At 10:31 PM, December 16, 2007, Blogger Bill Scott said...

Bob,
I was at a pastor's meeting 19 years ago and the message was about abortion. The audience was only pastors, staff and their wives. There were probably 50 or so in attendance on that winter day.

The speaker brought the message from Revelation 6:9-1 -

The Fifth Seal
9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those slaughtered because of God's word and the testimony they had. 10They cried out with a loud voice: "O Lord, holy and true, how long until You judge and avenge our blood from those who live on the earth?" 11 So a white robe was given to each of them, and they were told to rest a little while longer until [the number of] their fellow slaves and their brothers, who were going to be killed just as they had been, would be completed.

It was one of the shortest messages I believe that I have ever heard. The speaker said that among those souls slaughtered would be aborted children. His message was very powerful. There was a tremendous response during the invitation.

It was one of those messages that you will always remember.

That is indeed a powerful poem you penned Brother.

BTW it should still be just as illegal to murder the unborn as it is the born.

Bill Scott

 
At 11:58 AM, December 17, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Bill,

My sentiments about the unborn match yours. It's ok to have an abortion in any case in which it'd be ok to shoot a 2-year old child. And I can't think of any of them other than self-defense. Even that would likely be questionable.

Abortion seems the ultimate example of causing one of of His little ones to stumble and while we don't know the exact results of that, we do know what it's worse than.

 
At 10:25 AM, December 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your poem?
WOW - just - WOW!
~Mad(elyn)

 
At 6:01 AM, December 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to stop abortion. It would be much easier if it weren't angry white men leading the charge. How egotistical. And even worse, its always these angry white men who are terrible parents raising fractured, shattered children -- and where are their champions and saviors and do-gooders protecting them? It's evil sometimes the battles we pick. The killing of a soul is wrong whether it is a fetus or a neglected seven year old.

 
At 6:39 AM, December 20, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for commenting.

Which charge is it that's being led by angry white men? The charge for abortion, or the charge against it?

 
At 1:34 PM, December 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think abortion should be rare, but still legal. I had a friend several years ago who was pregnant with her second child and was told there was a 99% chance the baby would be stillborn. The doctors ran some tests and discovered three pages' worth of things wrong with the fetus. (This was just a year or so after my friend had a miscarriage.) My friend very reluctantly had an abortion. This is someone who LOVES kids and wanted lots of them, but didn't want to go through a second loss. She has since had four more pregnancies and today has five children. I do not think we want to go back to back-alley abortions. Let's keep it safe and legal but make it hard to obtain and prevent some women using it as a form of birth control. God should be the only one who gets to judge those who've had abortions. Sometimes abortion is the best answer.

 
At 1:45 PM, December 20, 2007, Blogger Bob Cleveland said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for the explanation (if you're the previous Anonymous person).

I don't think abortions of stillborn babies or the severely malformed is the problem. But even, at that, I firmly believe that, as only God can give life, so the terminating of a pregnancy by abortion is the killing of a baby. And I don't think that puts me into the class of "angry white men who are terrible parents raising fractured, shattered children -- ".

I do appreciate the comment. I shudder to think of a world where everyone simply agrees with me. That would be pretty dull.

 
At 6:56 AM, December 21, 2007, Blogger ~CarolineNot said...

anonymous women or woman, I'm a woman -- white with brown spots (freckles); not angry. Your friend did suffer a second loss. I'm so sorry for both losses, more so for the second one. I'm sorry she hadn't the counsel to not end her child's life. In no way do I condemn her, and my heart hurts for her. I pray she'll receive God's mercy and grace. He loves her so much.

Alleys are dark places. Abortion is a dark deed. They seem rightly fitted together.

 
At 10:11 AM, December 27, 2007, Anonymous Lee said...

Like Alycelee, I am also an adopted child. I pretty much took for granted that, had I come along in 1987 instead of 1957, I might not have had a chance at life. And I agree, it is something which must be resolved.

I am not sure, however, that we can depend on our government, or politicians, to solve the problem. No occupant of the White House since Roe v. Wade became law has done anything but give lip service to the issue. The Supreme Court, which many Christians thought was just one justice away from a pro-life majority, appears almost unanimously unlikely to overturn Roe. In their recent decision to uphold the President's ban on partial birth abortions, they cited the Roe decision as their standard, stating that the ban was not unconstitutional because it did not violate the provisions of Roe v. Wade. All nine justices clearly believe that Roe is now, as Chief Justice Roberts, a Bush II appointee stated, "The settled law of the land."

"Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save." Psalm 146:3 NIV

My wife and I planned to adopt, but encountered two obstacles. Through the state system, the wait lasted so long, we became ineligible because of age before a child was available. Private adoptions, even through the Baptist agency in our state, were way out of the price range of an associate pastor and a teacher in a Christian school. Politicians can talk about their pro-life position all they want to, but until they decide that they are going to take the profiteering out of adoption, and make it possible for people to rescue babies, I have no reason to believe they are interested.

For such a time as this, I think the church needs to stop fiddling with political solutions that have not produced results, and start taking real action to cut into the abortion total, so that we will not be held accountable. This problem will not be solved by the government, no matter how loudly the politicians declare themselves to be pro-life.

 
At 2:23 PM, January 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to make a comment about the costs of adoption. My husband and I are currently in the process of adopting from China and yes, it is indeed expensive. HOwever, after the adoption tax CREDIT (credit, not deduction) of over 11,000, it becomes more reasonable. Also, some employers offer some form of adoption assistance. When all's said and done, we estimate our out-of-pocket expenses to manageable. My husband and I probably make about the equivalent of 2 Alabama public school teacher's salaries--most would agree this isn't "wealthy", but there are ways that adoption can be affordable. I'd love to talk to anyone who is interested about this. Bob knows how to reach us--we're in the Sunday School class he teaches. Melanie

 

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