I was tuned in to live news of the trial results. It felt like a huge victory to hear the verdict rendered. Guilty of three counts of murder in the first degree concerning the babies who died at his hands. Since the news was announced I have heard several reports. It seems like everyone in the pro-life community is talking about it.
I am wildly encouraged that a pro-choice jury saw the bloody business of abortion and deemed a man guilty of murdering babies even though that is exactly what their mothers hired him to do. Surprisingly, even multi-million dollar abortion giant Planned Parenthood agreed that it was a good verdict.
As I heard a reporter say that only two choices remain for Kermit Gosnell, the death penalty or life in prison, I was instantly overwhelmed with an array of emotion. I realized in that moment that His fate was the same as every baby conceived in a nation that allows abortion. Before the jury were two choices, death and life. Every baby in America has a jury in deliberation. Asking questions about the mother’s health, maturity, wealth, presence of the father. The media, culture, parents, partners, friends, even churches can play a significant role in rendering a verdict on a baby’s fate.
It’s already been revealed that Gosnell has forfeited his ability to appeal the verdict and made an appeal that has caused the death penalty to come off the table. We know he now faces life in prison. But what if Kermit Gosnell was in the womb today and the jury represented the influences surrounding his mother in choosing life or abortion? Of course his womb is prison which surrounds him on all sides, and unlike a precious baby, he is guilty. Who knows if he will ever repent or change no matter how long he is in prison. Despite the grim circumstance that surrounding him, I hope that if I were a juror, I would choose life–even for him. Even now, I am choosing to pray that the life that is in Jesus will be made manifest to Gosnell, and I am still praying for the jury. I am praying that their hearts heal from the gruesome truth they saw. I am praying that each of them experienced conversion, at least to know the ugly truth of abortion, and be willing to choose life. Please pray with me that this experience will open a door for God to speak to each of them regarding their own eternal fate, and that each of them will choose life through Jesus.
I am hearing so many say that he deserves death. I agree. So did I before the Savior found me. I understand that punishing him with death feels like we are killing the entire gruesome abortion industry, but the truth of the matter is that death can only be defeated by life. I know it is a difficult choice to make in our hearts, to be truly pro-life even when the life is not innocent.
Please pray with me that everyone in the pro-life community clings to choosing life no matter what and that we are all reminded that to be pro-life is to be merciful. We cannot separate mercy from our plight for life, because mercy is like the womb that surrounds and cherishes the life for which we are fighting.
I am thankful that Kermit Gosnell was found guilty. A guilty verdict proves to America that abortion is murder. In my opinion, the death penalty is murder too. I understand that the wages of sin is death, but I believe that Jesus paid those wages, and if we choose life for every human while he has time to repent, we are choosing to believe that the Lamb will receive the reward of His suffering. It would be so encouraging for America if pro-choice jurors can not only see that abortion is murder, but also choose life.
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19