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America will eventually face its holocaust of abortion, Mohler says
March 13, 2003
By Michael Foust
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Toward the end of World War II, with Germany defeated and the Holocaust exposed, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower did something some of his advisors failed to understand -- he brought ordinary German citizens into the Jewish torture chambers, showing them what they had allowed.
A similar day is coming in America, R. Albert Mohler Jr. believes, when the nation's citizens will have to come face-to-face with the reality of the horror they have allowed -- abortion. Mohler made his comments while speaking at a pro-life rally in Frankfort, Ky., in mid-February.
"I believe America will come to that point when Americans are going to have to walk through the technology of death," the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president said. "They are going to have to walk through the abortuaries.
"They are going to have to enter the counsels of death on euthanasia. They are going to have to go into the laboratories where human embryos were created only to be destroyed, and they are going to have to see what we have made possible."
Christians have a special understanding of the horrors of abortion, Mohler said.
"Only those who understand that human life is made in the image of God will understand why human life is sacred," he said. "That profound biblical understanding is what brings us to understand that from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death, there is one and only one who is sovereign over life, and that is he who created us, who knitted us together in our mothers' wombs, and who stamped us with his own image in order that we may glorify him.
"Thus, every single abortion, every single extinguished life robs God of his glory. There is no greater crime."
More than 40 million abortions have been performed since the historic Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, Mohler noted, adding that the number is greater than the population of the state of California or the countries of Spain and Poland.
"Never in human history has death been so made a matter of technology and strategy and cultural agenda," he said. "Never before has a people so accommodated itself to death. We are told that history is running against [the pro-life movement], that we are facing a tide of social progress and human liberty and human autonomy, [and] ... that we will never win on this issue. I do not believe that."
Those on the pro-choice side, he said, have turned their cause into a religion.
"In this culture of death there is a worship of the artifacts of death," he said. "There is a driving ambition, a commission of the agenda of death. Instead of cathedrals raised in the name of Christ, there are cathedrals raised in the name of death, and that cathedral has its own priest and its own acolytes and its own anti-theology."
Thirty years of abortion have distorted Americans' views on other issues of death, such as euthanasia, embryonic research and cloning, Mohler said. Some citizens have "lost even the ability to think in moral terms" and they "worship at the wrong altar," Mohler said. "They follow a false god."
Mohler quoted 18th-century preacher Jonathan Edwards as saying, "Repentance will always come. The question is when." Likewise, the only question about America is when -- not if -- it will turn from its sinful ways, Mohler added.
"We must hope that it will come sooner and not later, for when repentance comes, we will know the cost -- the cost not only in the millions of lives destroyed in the womb, but in the hundreds of millions of consciences deformed by this atrocity."