As I try to finish up "Visioneering" by Andy Stanley for our monthly study group next Wednesday, I was struck by the story of Mother Teresa's speech at a Washington D.C. national prayer breakfast on February 3, 1994. Among other things, she said "the greatest destroyer peace is abortion, because Jesus said, 'If you receive a little child, you receive me.' So every abortion is a denial of receiving Jesus, the neglect of receiving Jesus...Abortion is really a war against the child, and I hate the killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that the mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?...Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love one another but to use any violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion." (President and Mrs. William Clinton and Vice-President and Mrs. Al Gore did NOT join the lengthy applause.)
Fourteen years have passed since this truthful, prophetic word was spoken to thousands of our nation's powerful leaders and not much has changed regarding the protection of life from the moment of conception to natural death. If you don't see the connection between how we are treating God's gift of life and the judgments currently falling on America, I pray God to open your eyes before it is too late for this sweet land of liberty.