And I suppose most of us think we are past that—we would never participate in something so heinous; we would never be caught up in worshipping an idol to the point that our children no longer mattered to us. Think again.
How many people have sacrificed their children to their careers? And don’t automatically jump to working mothers. God holds fathers accountable as the spiritual leaders of their families, especially in raising their children (Eph 6:4). Too many fathers delegate everything to the mother, expecting her to somehow communicate to his children that he loves them, even when he spends practically no time at all with them, when he regularly misses piano recitals, school programs, or ball games; when he has never drunk an imaginary cup of tea at a tea party; when he has never read a bedtime story; when he has never dried a tear or given a hug, changed a diaper or given a bath, helped with a science project or played catch. Career-minded, status-conscious, money-grubbing parents need to give thought to what they are sacrificing. When you chose to have children, you chose to sacrifice yourselves, not them.
And we also have those who sacrifice their children on the altar of their own feelings and opinions. The sermon hurt my feelings, the elders told me I had to change my lifestyle, this brother or that sister came and told me I needed to repent of my sins, so I won’t go back to that church ever again. And guess what? Your children miss growing up among godly people, attending Bible classes that would have helped you teach them about God, and at least hearing the gospel every Sunday, whether anything you did at home ever cemented it into their minds or not. You may not have sacrificed them to Molech, the heathen god most often associated with child sacrifice, but you actually did worse—you sacrificed them to the maker of those “abominations”—Satan Himself. He is the one who will swoop in and claim those young souls, who have now learned from you that God isn’t all that important after all.
Then we have the big one, for on this day in 1973, in Roe vs Wade, the Supreme Court legalized abortion. The blood of innocent children is being shed in the name of my body, my rights, and my choice. Read what actually happens in an abortion and it will make you sick, especially late term abortions. I am sure the numbers change, but as I write, 60,000,000 babies have been slaughtered, and that is not too harsh a word for it. Abortion is nothing more than human sacrifice so I don’t have to bear the responsibility of my actions. I, me, and mine are the biggest idols we have today, and precious souls are bearing the brunt of that pagan ritual to the idol of self.
Interestingly enough, Norma McCovey, the original Jane Roe in this legal argument, changed her mind. In her book, Won by Love, published in 1998, she writes:
I was sitting in O.R.'s offices when I noticed a fetal development poster. The progression was so obvious, the eyes were so sweet. It hurt my heart, just looking at them. I ran outside and finally, it dawned on me. 'Norma', I said to myself, 'They're right'. I had worked with pregnant women for years. I had been through three pregnancies and deliveries myself. I should have known. Yet something in that poster made me lose my breath. I kept seeing the picture of that tiny, 10-week-old embryo, and I said to myself, that's a baby! It's as if blinders just fell off my eyes and I suddenly understood the truth—that's a baby!
I felt crushed under the truth of this realization. I had to face up to the awful reality. Abortion wasn't about 'products of conception'. It wasn't about 'missed periods'. It was about children being killed in their mother's wombs. All those years I was wrong. Signing that affidavit, I was wrong. Working in an abortion clinic, I was wrong. No more of this first trimester, second trimester, third trimester stuff. Abortion—at any point—was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear.
While I am certainly thrilled for her change of heart, she had to live with the results of her actions for the rest of her life. Her repentance on this matter did nothing to stop the continuing murder of children.
Child sacrifice is alive and well in the world today, and too many of us are guilty in our own ways, too.
“Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: Will you defile yourselves after the manner of your fathers and go whoring after their detestable things? When you present your gifts and offer up your children in fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. And shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will not be inquired of by you, Ezek 20:30-31.