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Saving victims of moral arson

I read the other day about a famous TeeVee chef and her wife (sic) who are both pregnant by the same sperm bank depositor.  Lesbian #1 is carrying the in-vitro fertilized fetus of Lesbian #2.  Lesbian #2 has already given birth to the in-vitro fertilized fetus of Lesbian #1.  In Lesbian #2’s current pregnancy, eggs from both women were fertilized, and they don’t know which one was actually implanted.  There are just so many things about this situation….  Where does one get started?

My first thought was that these poor children have no chance of a normal life.  Every single detail of their beginnings has been deviously engineered to be as freakish and sick as human ingenuity can make them, to situate them by birth as far from Calvary as sinners can take them.  We used to know what the ugly word “bastard” meant, i.e., a child born to fornicators.  Nobody has yet coined an English word for the bizarre shame these poor children must bear because of the deeds of their mothers who are acting as moral arsonists.

Even in an age when one’s genealogy may resemble a Picasso painting, God is sovereign over all.  And even when twisted minds have taken the utmost measures to create a situation so perverse it cannot even be named, the great God is still above it.  Thank God that His grace is sovereign indeed, and that he can bestow it upon his creatures without needing mortal consent.

Paul himself was the unlikeliest of converts.  His genealogy and upbringing, for entirely different reasons, estranged him from God’s saving grace.  The Lord pursued him even as Paul was pursuing the Lord’s followers and wrought a change in his heart which was, to understate things, completely uninvited.  He wrote it in flat, monochrome terms to the Galatian churches:  When it pleased God, he called me.  (Gal 1:15-16)  God had done this, and that was that.  Nothing could be put to it, nothing taken away.  (Eccl 3:14)  Let Satan make of that what he will, the deed was done.

With this view of God’s saving grace, he later told the Roman Christians, “It is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.”  (Rom 9:16)  None of us ever had any hope but that extended by a God who raises the dead and calls things which are not as though they were.  Through Isaiah he challenges the unbelieving, “Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver?” (Isa 50:2)

We who believe in Jesus must continue to trust in his power to save.  This is the work of God, he said, to believe on the one whom God has sent.  (John 6:29)  We’re not done with that work.  People seem to be trying to frustrate God’s grace by becoming too weird to save, and that certainly makes our world a more alien place.  But it doesn’t diminish the power of the cross.

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