Two of the investigators (David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt) behind the undercover Planned Parenthood videos face up to 20 years in prison after a Houston grand jury decided on Monday (Jan. 25) not to charge Planned Parenthood with any wrongdoing – and, bizarrely, instead indicted them for offering to purchase human organs from the abortion provider as part of their investigation! (For more please see here)
The prophet Isaiah says, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20)
So the Houston Grand Jury has declared good evil and evil good. The brave and heroic work of David and Sandra is being called evil, while the monstrous and abominable work of Planned Parenthood once again is called good. It really is that simple. Those who are murdering babies in the womb and even selling their body parts are free to continue their slaughter, while the brave people that sought to expose their wickedness have been indicted. The grand jury may have declared good evil and evil good, but God is not mocked. His is the only verdict that matters and He has spoken clearly on all of this.
Now this certainly shouldn't surprise us as this is the same court system that has been defending the murder of babies for years, but it should anger us. We've heard about abortion so much in the last 43 years that there is often the danger and temptation to grow weary in hearing about it. We must remain vigilant though. We must continue to speak the truth in a world that has gone mad. We must speak up on behalf of those little ones that can't speak for themselves and we must speak up on behalf of heroes like David and Sandra. We must speak out whenever and wherever we have an audience because the stakes are too high for God's people to be silent.
We also must act. We must do what we can to help and protect these children. As Luther says on the 5th Commandment in the Large Catechism: Secondly, under this commandment not only he is guilty who does evil to his neighbor, but he also who can do him good, prevent, resist evil, defend and save him, so that no bodily harm or hurt happen to him, and yet does not do it. If, therefore, you send away one that is naked when you could clothe him, you have caused him to freeze to death; if you see one suffer hunger and do not give him food, you have caused him to starve. So also, if you see any one innocently sentenced to death or in like distress, and do not save him, although you know ways and means to do so, you have killed him. And it will not avail you to make the pretext that you did not afford any help, counsel, or aid thereto, for you have withheld your love from him and deprived him of the benefit whereby his life would have been saved.
And we must pray. We must pray for all those involved in the abortion industry. Pray for an end to the slaughter. Pray for repentance: for the doctors, for those who have had abortions, for our own complicity and complacency in this culture of death. Pray that they would know that the blood of Jesus covers even the blood of slain babies. Pray for healing. Pray for perseverance in doing good. Pray for David and Sandra and all those fighting the good fight. For we know that God has commanded us to pray and promises to hear us.
So we pray, Come quickly, Lord Jesus and Lord, have mercy on us all.