Dead Babies

They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons, and shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood” (Ps. 106: 37-38).

This seems to be the season for dead babies. That is not intended as a callous remark, merely a sad observation.

• A 15 month old Georgia baby named Emily somehow crawled 300 yards from her home through woods to the edge of a nearby highway [1]. Thankfully, she was rescued in time by a passing motorist. Although the baby had fallen down an embankment, she was unharmed.

• Another Georgia baby, 22 month old, Cooper, was left by his father for 7 hours to die in a hot car. A troubling search was conducted on the family computer re: how long it would take for an animal to die in similar circumstances. The father is said to have gone out to the car at lunch without assisting the child [1A].

• Anna Marie was not lucky either. The 9 month old was left for nearly 4 hours by her father in the back of his truck [2]. The baby’s core temperature was 109 degrees when examined by Florida emergency personnel. She was long dead by that point.

• In Iowa, a 4 month old boy named Gabriel was found dead after having been left for an hour with his 17 y.o. father [3]. The baby had been adopted but returned to his 16 y.o. birth mother, at her request.

Last year, 44 babies died of heatstroke. So far, 12 have died this year. A parent or guardian is charged with neglect in about half such cases.

Most of us find events like this shocking. But these numbers do not begin to scratch the surface. Some 1600 children will die from abuse in the USA this year [4]. Another million will be denied life while still in the womb [5].

How is it we cannot manage to take better care of our children?

The Bible abhors the sacrifice of children to idols. That term may sound extreme to modern ears. We are not, however, without idols. Today we worship wealth, power, fame, and self to name a few.

Children, on the other hand, require time, attention, encouragement, instruction, and expense. In short, they require loving parents involved in their lives, and concerned for their well-being. They require parents who will protect them from harm, work for them, and sacrifice for them.

Children need parents who will bring them up to know, love, and serve the just and loving God Who gave His own life for them.

[1] 11 Alive, “Madison Co. Man Saves A Child Crawling Near Highway” by Matthew Pearl, 6/17/14, http://www.11alive.com/story/life/2014/06/16/madison-man-saves-child-highway/10638845/.
[1A] USA Today, “Police Press Murder Case in Georgia Toddler’s Hot-Car Death” by Devin Fehely and John Bacon, 6/25/14, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/25/hot-car-dad-visited-car-in-middle-of-day/11350773/.
[2] USA Today, “Father Arrested After Daughter Dies in Hot Car” by JD Gallop, 6/20/14, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/20/girl-dies-hot-car/11087783/.
[3] NY Daily News, “Baby Adopted by Iowa Couple, then Taken Back by Birth Mother, Found Dead” by Deborah Hastings, 4/24/14, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/iowa-baby-reclaimed-birth-mother-found-dead-teenage-dad-charged-article-1.1767653.
[4] ChildHelp, National Child Abuse Statistics, Child Abuse in America, http://www.childhelp.org/pages/statistics.
[5] Number of Abortions – Abortion Counters, http://www.numberofabortions.com/.

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