Cultural Attitudes: Desensitization to Life

For You From The Word

Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Matthew 24:12-13, NIV)

For You To Think About

cold heartResearch suggests that people can become more desensitized to real-life violence after repeated exposure to violent films or video games. Their emotional responses weaken.

The link between exposure to evil and desensitization is not new. Matthew 24:12 says, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” Increasing exposure to brutality makes people less likely to feel shock or distress at scenes of cruelty, violence, or suffering.

Is that not the case with the value of a baby’s life? Americans are repeatedly exposed to the idea that a woman “has a right to choose,” desensitizing a large number to the truth about life and hardening compassion towards unborn children. According to a Newsweek poll, 42% Americans believe life does not begin until a child is viable outside the womb or until it has been born. Pain to the unborn rarely enters the discussion, although a baby can experience pain as early as 5 ½ weeks after conception and most certainly, according to data, at 20 weeks.

Yet while “the love of most will grow cold,” not all will. God has left a remnant to stand for life. Furthermore, hope remains for those whose hearts have grown cold. They are not yet dead. God can move after the darkest winters to reawaken hearts to His truth and warm them with a love and compassion for the unborn.

For You To Pray

Heavenly Father,
We lay our nation’s hearts before You and cry out to You for mercy. Strengthen the remnant. Move in people to reawaken hearts that have become desensitized and cold. Warm our hearts with a love for You and for the unborn.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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