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Infanticide vs. Racism ~ Engaging the "Greater” Sin
By Ronald Gallagher

Church message imageChurch sponsors jul17The Prophet Jeremiah made a profound statement and asked a sobering question that fits in our culture today:

"An astonishing and horrible thing Has been committed in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule by their own power; And My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end? Jeremiah 5:30-31 (NKJV)

Most of America knows by now that at least three issues involving the political leadership in my home state of Virginia have risen to national prominence. First, liberal democrat Governor Ralph Northam described, and appeared to openly advocate, the premeditated killing of a newborn infant if the mother decides that for whatever reason, she doesn’t really want it. On the heels of that, evidence emerged indicating a decades-old exhibition of alleged behavior by the same Governor, a transgression that prompted cries of racism. Finally, there were allegations of sexual abuse, perhaps even rape, that were directed toward the Lt. Governor, who would be next in line for the Governor’s job if Northam resigned. What a quandary for those constantly claiming moral superiority. Which sin should be the target of all the outrage? Where should all the negative attention be directed?

The "progressive” Democrat political system, mainstream news outlets, and the trolls patrolling social media made it clear that to them, a decades-old exhibition of alleged racist behavior is far worse than advocating the premeditated killing of a newborn baby. Virtually all avenues of mainstream news media reflected the same cold-hearted attitude of Virginia’s Governor. His calm, even "cavalier” description of how the process would work revealed no regret, no remorse, and no hesitation. He ensured that the child would be made "comfortable” while the mother discussed the pros and cons of the potential murder with the "doctors” who would carry it out. That kind of "conference” in association with the taking of a human life … It’s called "premeditation,” but to him it’s no big deal.

For what it’s worth, some sins really are worse than others. Jesus made that clear during His trial before Pilate.

Then Pilate said to Him, "Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?" Jesus answered, "You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin."John 19:10-11 (NKJV)

Conspiring with corrupt religious leaders to kill Jesus, a man who is guilty of nothing but offering love, life, and hope was is a sin of enormous magnitude. But there was another sinner involved who escaped public scrutiny. Judas’ undisclosed betrayal was "the greater sin.”

Every sin is grievous to God and redemption from any of them requires the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ, but all sins are not the same. The "greater sin” is always the most egregious to God, and that is where our primary responses should be targeted. Any honest person knows that between killing a newborn child vs. a racist act, there is no question which is the greater sin. But Jesus gave us a process that should precede our engagement regarding someone else’s sin, public figure or not. He said: can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother's eye. Luke 6:42 (NKJV)

There’s a sin comparison suggested here as well, isn’t there? Some sins are "specks” and some sins are "planks.” The Lord isn’t admonishing us to engage in a research project to determine which sins are "specks” and which are "planks.” But neither are we to ignore the situation altogether. There’s a procedure here that has Divine approval and that promises to be productive in a way that can’t be had otherwise, and Jesus’ use of the word "first” is intentional and vital . . .
  • Efforts to stop the killing of babies might be more effective if we first stopped supporting the schools conducting liberal indoctrination under the guise of "education.”
  • If we first stopped applauding and emulating the icons promoting the sexual liberties that lead to the pregnancies that fuel the abortion slaughterhouses, we might see more victories.
  • Our outrage might be more effective if we first ensured that our homes and families are protected from all forms of sexually explicit material.
The process of cleaning up our morally corrupt culture doesn’t begin with volcanic outrage over legalized infanticide, as automatic as that feels. It begins by pulling the planks from our own eyes so that we can see clearly how and where to direct the righteous outrage so that it does the most good.

In addition to being an active writer, speaker, teacher, and blogger, Ron Gallagher serves in a variety of roles as a ministry consultant for local churches. His Biblical insights are coupled with down-to-earth humor, satire, and relevant stories aimed at promoting "Right Side Up Thinking ~ in an Upside Down World.” Ron strives to apply God’s truth in a way that stimulates the mind, encourages the heart, and challenges the cultural norm.  Check out his blog, "Gallagher’s Pen” at

NEW BOOK . . .Ron’s new book, Right Side Up Thinking in an Upside Down World ~ Looking at the World through the Lens of Biblical Truth, is now available on Amazon and through Lighthouse Bible Studies. Learn more at


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