“These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,” (Proverbs 6:16-17)
Yes, God hates the seven things listed in Proverbs 6:16-19. However, considering it’s the 40th Anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision on Jan. 22, 1973, let’s concentrate on number three: “Hands that shed innocent blood.” There are many ways to shed innocent blood, but all seem to involve death. Recently, it was a shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary. Some look at this horrific tragedy and ask, “Where is God? Why didn’t He stop it?” Sadly, it all points back to the Garden of Eden. In order for God to have a love relationship with His creation, man needed a free will. He had to be free to choose to love God or hate Him, to obey or disobey. When Adam chose to disobey God’s one command, he was in essence saying, “I love me more than You.” By this action, sin entered the human race.
Because of sin, Adam Lanza shed innocent blood. Nevertheless, there is another type of shedding innocent blood happening every day in our country: Abortion.
When Israel prepared to enter the Promised Land, God through Moses, warned them about abhorrent practices of the people they were to dispossess. Deuteronomy 18:9-14 begins with, “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire…” This was child-sacrifice to the god, Molech.
I can hear your objections, “We don’t sacrifice children anymore, we’re civilized.” But, did you know Molech still exists? He just has a new name: Convenience, aka Self. If you truly think about the reasons behind abortion, you soon see they are mostly selfish. Selfishness says to God, Who HATES the shedding of innocent blood, “I love me more than You.”
The good news: God loves you with an everlasting love. We can put away sin and selfishness by repenting and confessing. Then, because God is faithful, He will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.