April 20, 2021 | Kris Kubal, IFA Staff
Like many of you, I get “dings” on my phone to alert me to breaking news items. Like a Pavlovian response, I pick up my phone to see what urgent news issue needs my attention. “Oh no, a mass shooting in Indianapolis.” I received another ding alerting me to a mass shooting—I thought it was a repeat of the Indianapolis report—but no, it was yet another shooting, this one in Columbus, Ohio. More dings came across my phone through the weekend – Austin, Texas…Kenosha, Wisconsin. It seemed unreal that so many mass shootings were taking place in such a short period of time. These, on the heels of mass shootings in Boulder, Memphis, Baltimore, Orange County, Dallas, and Rock Hill, South Carolina. This is all within a month and does not even include mass shootings where the victims lived.
What is happening? What is the spirit behind this rash of mass violence? It is like a switch has been turned on. Have you noticed?
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The Holy Spirit reminded me about the biblical concept of the doctrine of the shedding of innocent blood. The doctrine is based not only the Cain and Abel incident, but also the scripture in Genesis as God spoke to Noah as he was departing the boat after the flood.
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them. . . I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.
“Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind. As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” (Gen 9:1, 5-6)
This shedding of blood spoken about here is not limited to struggles between men. Would not the shedding of millions of innocent children through abortion qualify as a shedding of blood, for which God seeks reckoning, as the scripture states? If you notice, the line directly after this concept of the shedding of blood speaks to life—a command to have children, grow families, and generate new life.
We must ask ourselves, is the taking of 60 million innocent lives through abortion setting our nation up to reap violence in return? I believe it is. A culture of death and violence grows the more we “feed” it. I believe the violence we are seeing is demonically influenced, empowered by the spirit of violence and death through abortion. Pope John Paul II spoke about this “culture of death” attached to abortion back in 1995.
The current Administration has recently rolled back abortion policies from the Trump Administration’s pro-life positions to a pro-abortion position:
-Mexico City Policy has been repealed, again allowing federal funding of abortions overseas.
-Federal funding for medical research using aborted babies is now again permitted.
-At the Biden Administration’s request, the FDA allows unfettered internet purchase of the chemical abortion pill with no health requirements.
-The Trump-era policy banning clinics who refer patients to Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding has been reversed.
-The Biden/Harris Administration is beginning the process of reversing Trump-era protections for life through Title X.
Are these the actions that have “flipped the switch” in our nation to fuel the spirit of violence in our nation? Our nation is already in a precarious position: The violent and divisive riots through the summer. A year of stressful lockdowns with great economic and personal impact. A contentious election. The spirit of violence and death that may have been released is being added to a nation sitting on a powder keg.
In Ezekiel 35:6, God says, “[B]ecause you did not hate bloodshed, therefore blood will pursue you.” I believe it is well within the realm of possibility that we as a nation are reaping what we have sown in this concept. Instead of reducing abortion and the funding of abortion, we are elevating it and increasing funding for it in 2021.
Jason Hershey, founder of David’s Tent, shared this perspective on this doctrine of the shedding of innocent blood:
“The first killing of an innocent person in God’s creation was when Cain killed his brother Abel. Abel’s blood cried out to God. In Hebrews 12:24, we see that Jesus’ blood speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. This is the hope of the Gospel. Christ has taken the required bloodshed upon himself to satisfy justice. We must turn to Him and receive His lordship in order to be saved. That means trusting in His work of salvation, but also turning to Him as Lord of our lives. We must turn to Jesus and end abortion. Then the soft target killings will stop.
Plead the blood of Jesus in your prayers. If the children of Israel, the night of the Passover had killed the choice lamb, put the blood in a bowl, but forgot to put the blood on the doorpost that night, what would have happened? Beyond a dead sheep, also a dead firstborn son. The Lamb has been slain! Let’s plead the blood of Jesus.”
If this doctrine holds true today, and our nation is escalating abortion’s access and funding, its exportation to other nations, and even its mandate within our laws and regulations, wouldn’t we expect to reap what we are sowing? Here are three scriptural things you can do to counter this spirit of death in our nation:
- Speak life. Realize that our words carry great spiritual impact. Speak to your surroundings by proclaiming life over your community, state and our nation. Make it a habit to speak Shalom wherever you go. Derek Prince’s booklet, From Curse to Blessing is a great short read on this important spiritual concept. Get your copy from IFA here.
- Pray for the end of abortion in your backyard. Yes, we want to see abortion ended at the federal level, but we can also start where we live. Pray that abortion clinics in your community would shrivel up, and that crisis pregnancy centers would thrive. Pray for those who work in the abortion clinics to have their eyes opened and be set free. Pray for mothers to choose their children over fear or self.
- Act in the opposite spirit of the violence you see. Show kindness. Seek unity with other believers. Sow the opposite of violence and death.
Lord, show us each how to respond. Thank you, Jesus, that your shed blood covers over all these sins. Help us to choose life over death in our town, our states and in our nation.
(Kris Kubal is the Program Director at Intercessors for America.)
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