Most of us are familiar with Ezekiel 22:30, the verse is frequently quoted from pulpits and in prayer meetings. " God is looking for a man to stand in gap on behalf of the land, so He will not destroy it".
We hear that scripture and eagerly shake our heads in agreement. "Yes", we say, "We must stand in the gap, we must be faithful to pray".
Watching the video tape of Rev. Mahoney’s recent arrest outside of a Planned Parenthood in D.C, brought this question to mind. What if the "gap" is sometimes more than a spiritual position before God, but literally a physical location, perhaps a tiny space of sidewalk, right in front of a chamber of death?
It is easy to get caught up in arguments about private and public space, property lines and boundaries. We can be so concerned about being " politically correct" and observant to the laws of the land, that we forget the true issue at hand.
We lose sight of what is occurring before our eyes. There are children being murdered daily in buildings throughout our nation. Behind closed doors, and fences, little children are having their lives sucked away. Do we understand the magnitude of this? If we did truly see it for what it was, I doubt we would get offended when a man desires to pray in front of a clinic, even if it costs him his liberty.
If there was a building in our town that was slaughtering toddlers, or massacring puppies, we would all be up in arms. There would be few arguments about space and lines. Activists would be lining around the block, protesting and demanding it’s closing. The uproar would be loud and consistent, until the place closed down.