The news of Kennedy's death evoked a lot of different feelings in me. More than anything, I was feeling disturbed about how the whole issue of abortion affected his career. Sometimes when I'm dealing with the pull of different emotions, I pray about it and ask the Lord for a word from the Scriptures. So I did that and opened my Bible at random, and this is the first thing my eye fell on:
Though you scour it with soap and use much lye,
The stain of your guilt is still before me, says the Lord God.
How can you say, “I am not defiled, I have not gone after the Baals’?
Consider your conduct in the Valley*, recall what you have done.
*The note on this word says that the Valley refers to Ben-hinnom, south of Jerusalem—the site of a pagan temple where children were sacrificed to the god Molech!
This really amazed me, especially the reference to sacrificing children to Molech. It seemed to confirm for me that it is important to realize that the issue of abortion is major. It can't be shrugged off, for "not as man sees does God see."
A further thought: though soap and lye can't take away our sins, "the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin." (1 John)