I love words. They convey meaning, they can make us laugh, they can make us cry, they can make us FEEL. They can make us know things we need to know. I love words.
I almost always know what I’m going to say in situations. “Speechless” is not a word that applies to me. Seriously, just ask anybody who knows me. There are words to describe my use of words: Verbose. Loquacious. Garrulous. Sometimes I feel like Bugs Bunny in the cartoon where someone tells him to shut up and he shuts up with a paragraph..
And so it means something when I say that I have no words.
At least I didn’t. After some time, I now have words again. I just got out of the theater. I knew it wasn’t going to be entertainment. I knew it wasn’t going to be “fun.” But someone told me I needed to see this movie, and so I went.
I saw Gosnell.
Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer
This is the story of a man who lost his respect for human life. For those of you who are pro-choice, you need to see this movie. For those of you who are pro-life, you need to see this movie. For those of you who are reading this right now: You. Need. To. See. This. Movie.
It is not fun. It is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. And sadder still because the practice of legal abortion continues. In the hour and a half that I sat there watching the movie there were an estimated eight thousand abortions performed across the world. 125,000 babies are killed every day in the world, 3,000 of them in the United States. That’s over forty-five million abortions per year. There are eight million people living in New York City. The population of NYC is killed in abortion clinics every two months. The scale of this boggles my mind. In the United States alone there have been 60,000,000 babies killed since Roe v. Wade was decided.
To me, abortion is two things.
- Abortion is the holocaust of our day. We look at the holocaust as a horrible event because of the 17 million people that were murdered by the Nazis. Well a holocaust-worth of human babies are killed every 4.5 months in the world. The fact that every person in the world isn’t rising up in protest of this atrocity is amazing to me.
- Abortion is the slavery of our day. It’s the moral issue that is perfectly legal and practiced in most countries in the world, just as slavery was several hundred years ago. And yet today no decent person would say that slavery is a good thing or even that it should be legal. It is my hope and prayer to Almighty God that someday we will look back on abortion with the same attitude that we now view slavery: a horrible human rights crime that our ancestors practiced, a practice we’re ashamed of, but something we fought to end.
The smugness on the face of the actor portraying Kermit Gosnell all throughout the movie was infuriating. The roadblocks that were thrown down for the prosecutor at every turn, the media blackout that happened (this may be the first time some of you are hearing of this man), and the outright censorship that is currently occurring just because the movie was released is amazing. Theaters refused to show this movie. Theaters are pulling this movie prematurely. Why? Because there are those in our society that will do anything to keep people from hearing anything negative about abortion. A “woman’s right to choose” is held up over and over and over as vastly more valuable than that of human life itself. At one point in the movie a judge commands the district attorney’s office to care for Gosnell’s endangered pet turtles. The irony of her vehemence that turtle life be preserved in light of her attitude towards abortion is shocking.
In short, watch the movie. You will not enjoy it, but your eyes will be opened. Pray for our country. Pray for our world. This massacre will not go unpunished. God is love, but God is also wrath. And as Hebrews 10:31 says, “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
May God have mercy on our souls.