This Girl Desperately Needs the Gospel, Will You Give it to Her?

This is the picture of a young fourteen year old girl. Most of us would look at her and think she was probably a normal kid without a care in the world. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, she has been charged as having murdered her newborn son shortly after his birth. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, this young girl (I am leaving out her name for obvious reasons) became pregnant, lied about it to her parents, concealed the pregnancy by wearing loosed clothes, then gave birth in her bathroom. Once the 9-1/2 pound baby boy was born, she choked the life out of him and hid him in a shoe box underneath soiled laundry in her room. After a series of events, the child’s body was discovered and the young girl was arrested.

Christians, it might be easy to dismiss this tragic event as one of a handful of terrible events in our country. It might be easy to say that this is not representative of our youth as a whole. Or it might be even easier to lay this at the hands of liberalism in our country, claiming that they have been indoctrinated to believe promiscuity is the norm and that they should never be burdened with the results. A thought made all the easier to believe when one realizes had she gone to an abortionist, she would have never been arrested. But I have to ask you, do we not bear some responsibility here? Haven’t we, as the church, as the salt and light in a dark and dying world, failed young girls like this because we have failed to affect the culture through the preaching of the gospel?

Before this post gets assaulted with the obvious theological implications of personal responsibility for sin, sovereignty of God, and such, please understand I am not saying that the Church is personally responsible for this young girl’s sin. It is her’s and she will be held accountable for it. But what I am referring to here, what I have been getting at for several articles now, is that the Church has a duty to preach the pure and unadulterated gospel throughout the world, including our own back yards. Yet, for some time now, Christians have failed to do this in numerous ways. We have claimed evangelism is a gift instead of a command, thus denying our need to do it. We have shuffled the responsibility to the preacher instead of doing it ourselves. We have settled for seeker-friendlyism, allowing churches to dilute or change scripture to attract the unsaved masses into what is supposed to be gathering of the saints. Or when we attempt to evangelize, we settle for a “God has a wonderful plan for your life” model which is unbiblical and an adulteration of the true gospel. Or worse, have even tried to shut down the true preaching of the gospel as if it is something to be apologized for (as in this picture where a student is apologizing for Pastor Emilio Ramos’ message).

With such obvious efforts to avoid the command to preach the gospel, the church has lost it’s influence over the culture, and the post-modern, secular humanist mindset has filled that void. A mindset that denies that humanity has been made in the image and likeness of God. That denies life is created by God in the womb, but rather is an amalgamation of proteins that washed up on the beach. That exalts personal enjoyment and fulfillment as the highest human achievement, and teaches that any obstacle to that achievement should be done away with. That denies the sinfulness of man and denies that a judgment will one day be applied.

With such a loss of church influence, is it any wonder that the youth in our culture show little restraint in their sinful behavior? They have been told that they are inherently good and that whatever they choose to believe is true. Yet, amazingly, the culture acts shocked and horrified when someone like this young girl takes that mindset to its logical conclusion. In a culture that exalts personal fulfillment, kids are getting a mixed message when they actually take it to it’s full extent.

Christians, we are the ones who have the real answers! We are the ones with the words of God who declares good from evil, right from wrong. We are the ones who can point our culture to the Scriptures and show that people are not good, but wicked from birth. We can declare to them that they are trapped in their sinfulness, bound only to their sins which make them rebels against the Lord. Then, and only then, does the actions that this young girl committed make sense. She is not a good kid that somehow society failed, she is a wicked sinner following her base desires. And, thanks to a sinful culture that celebrates sin, she was able to justify what she did by what she had been taught.

This is why we cannot and must not abdicate the command of our Lord to preach the gospel and to make disciples, because young people like this girl are trapped in their sins and the only answers that they have are given to them by a sin burdened culture. They are the blind leading the blind (Matthew 15:14). Only Christ can remove the scales from their eyes and make them see the ditch they are headed for. Only Christ can expose their hearts for the sin hardened stones that they are. Only Christ can break down the walls of sin and recreate a heart of flesh. Only Christ can make people a new creation. And it is we who were once one of them that Christ has commanded to preach this life saving gospel. What else is there to give this world that can do more? What else should we occupy our time with that has more value that saving young girls like this from hearts that lead to murder of newborn children? Can you honestly look back during the last year and tell yourself you have spent time in pursuits that brought more honor and glory to God than the preaching of the gospel?

I implore my Christian brethren to look at the picture of this young girl again. Might she be the girl you saw standing next to you at the store? Maybe she is a friend of your daughter’s? Or maybe even your own child? Knowing what you know now, would you have taken that extra five minutes to share the gospel with her? Knowing that one day she would murder her child, would you plead with her to repent of the life of sin she was living? Would you pray earnestly for her salvation? Now, I ask you this, what about those whose futures you do not know? You do not know if they will murder a child or if they will become a successful CEO. But you do know this, they are sinners just like you were, and they are bound for Hell, just as you once were. Isn’t that reason enough?

6 thoughts on “This Girl Desperately Needs the Gospel, Will You Give it to Her?

  1. michael says:

    If this is not a legal life oxymoron I don’t know what is!

    Same thing done, the effect, the death of the living one, by the mother one way and not the other way!

    I was listening to SermonAudio.com the other day to hear a preacher make a point in a similar vain about homosexuality.

    He noted that boys and girls get together and live together and have babies and don’t for a minute want to marry all the while boys and boys and girls and girls live together and are demanding that they be allowed to marry!

  2. Ann Cinquina says:

    If that poor murdered child had been aborted in an abortion clinic the day before this tragic event, not one voice would have been raised in his defense by the liberal voters in this country. What a pity that,” the word” was not obeyed by many others beside this 14 year old child. God help us!

  3. michael says:

    If I recall the advent of legalized abortion was a legislative and medical response to women killing their unwanted child in the woman’s womb by themselves that brought complications to the aborting woman; or, medical complications to the woman having an abortion in “back ally clinics” that were not sanitized to medical standards?

    I wonder what would happen to a female medical doctor licensed to practice abortions after her promiscuity that resulted in an unwanted pregnancy that she then performed her own sanitized medical abortion to herself in her own abortion clinic and it was discovered and made public?

  4. Abortion is still murder of an unborn child no matter whether it was performed in a clinic or the mythical “back alley”. Claiming it made the act if murder safer for women be legalizing it still does not change that fact it is the wanton murder of a child.

  5. Susan Becker says:

    You need to go to God and ask for forgiveness for your sins. You need to accept Jesus Christ as
    your Lord and Savior. God sent his only son to die on the cross, taking our sinful selve’s place there. Jesus paid the ransom for our sins. Anyone who goes to Jesus with a sincere heart, asking forgiveness, will have all their sins, past and present forgiven as though they never happened. You
    must turn from your past sinful ways and start over fresh. This is called being Born Again. You are not only a new creature in Jesus Christ, you have been adopted by God as one of His children.
    It is horrable what you did out of shame and inconvenience. Your parents should have educated you on the value of life.
    People have devalued life as if it is a commodity that you can keep or get rid of. Abortion has become birth control to many girls and women. The mother should be thinking about how they can do right for their child, a wonderful gift to cherish. But unfortunatly, many females reguard babies as trash.
    What happened to keeping your legs together until such time you are old enough to provide and love the infant you have produced. I have two daughters who are increadable. They have brought a whole lot of pleasure into mine and my husband’s lives. One can’t give a value on love.
    One reason females make love is because they didn’t get the love they needed growing up. For girls especially if their Fathers didn’t give them the time of day. These girls or women are searching for someone to really care about them. They mistake hopping into bed with a partner for love. Then the guy leaves when a baby becomes part of the picture, leaving the girl to deal with the situation. She can’t afford a child, and has no idea what to do. Having the child will destroy her future and may keep her out of school. Now she has no education and has another life to take care of.
    Doesn’t it make more sense to wait until you are old enough to decide to get married and then plan a family? You can do it when it is best for everyone. Your finances are stable, your marriage strong, and you have faith in God that will work along side of you in difficult times.
    Goddesigned and created us humans. He loves us so much and wants to spend eternity with us in His Heaven. He doesn’t want anyone to go to Hell. He has given us humans many, many chances to accept Him and love Him as much as He loves us. Give yourself and God a chance. Go to Him with an honest heart and ask to be forgiven of your sins and consequently saved for eternity. He wants you to come as you are, right now.

  6. I also think we should take a really long look at the face of this young girl. She looks like someone who has been hurt really badly. Kids who can’t come to their parents about their problems are those who are not being loved unconditionally. There is not a life time of love being built. It is not politics that will win this war, but love.

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