Once the owner of the A & B Childcare Center in Columbus, Ohio, learned that the building that houses her business was once the now-defunct Capital Care Abortion Clinic, things began to make sense.
"There is a stench coming from the sinks that we cannot make go away, no matter how many times we clean them," she said.
"We hear babies crying," she bemoaned, "even when no one is there." This ghoulish building is a pit right into the very bowels of hell in the heart of our nation. When our family began to protest the Capital Care Abortion Clinic over a dozen years ago, it was less than a mile from OSU's campus. The facility moved north of town several years before its demise. Since they killed babies frequently Saturdays, it was the target of pro-life protesters and sidewalk counselors more so than the other clinics. We pity the difficult situation the owners of this day care have on their hands. It stands as a gory reminder that as long as four more abortion clinics in Columbus remain open, as long as the innocent blood remains unavenged, and the murderers unpunished, the stench and horror of the Abortion Holocaust pervades all of our homes, whether we smell the death and hear the cries of the innocent or not.
As the day of our nation's judgment draws near, I am both sobered and encouraged by the God's word to Ezekiel on the eve of Israel demolition by the Assyrians. Ezekiel 9: "Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house." To what "mark" is does God refer? The mark on those who "sigh" and "cry" over the sins of the land. Do you sigh and cry over the sins of the land? For the sins of your city? When Assyria came against Israel in Ezekiel's day, they faced unspeakable horrors because of their sins, as the Ezekiel 9 passage describes. What sins, specifically? Ezekiel 9 tells us, in verse 9: "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness..." No city in the nation is bloodier or more perverse than Columbus, Ohio. With four more abortion clinics remaining, strip clubs dotting the city, and about half a million gays in its annual gay pride parade, with dozens of churches lining the parade route offering their support, and with most of the lesbians in the parade topless, there is no city in the nation more bloody or more perverse.
Where, according to the Ezekiel 9 passage, does the judgment start? It starts in the house of God. Peter confirms this: "The time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God..." Peter's context is that suffering is coming to God's people. There is so much ease and naivity in this land. So many of us think that as it has always been in our lives - with full fridges, our bills paid, with ambulances and firetrucks a phone call away, and relatively insulated from violence - that it will always be so. But before God punishes the nation for its sin, he punishes the salt for tolerating it. Are you prepared for the judgment coming? Keep your eyes on the Johnston Family blog, and we'll be focusing in the coming weeks on some basic preparations for your family and church.