God declares through the prophet Isaiah, in Isa 62:6 “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day or night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence.”
According to the Bible, as well as extra-biblical sources, watchmen of old were those appointed to be the instructors of God’s people and the ministers of God’s teachings (Ezek. 3:17; 33:7; Isa. 52:8; 56:10).
To this day, the watches in the East are performed by a loud cry as the watchmen go about their rounds. This is done frequently in order to mark the time and also to show that they are awake to their duty. The truth taught here is that we who are appointed as overseers of the people of God and ministers of God’s teachings should be ever watchful and unceasing in carrying out our duty.1
Furthermore, watchmen who faithfully stood guard on their walls were expected to never hold their peace. We are watchmen on the church's walls, for the church is as a city besieged. It is our God-given responsibility as sentinels on the walls to take notice and warn the people of the motions of the enemy. As watchmen, it is necessary that you and I remain awake, faithful, and even willing to endure hardship when necessary. We must never hold our peace; we must seize every opportunity to give warning in season and out of season, and we must never betray the cause of Christ by a treacherous or cowardly silence. We must pray and not faint, even as Moses lifted up his hands and kept them steady until Israel had obtained the victory in battle over Amalek (Ex. 17:10,12).2
For whom do we watch, and what should be our cry? We watch over the lives of God’s precious people, and one of our cries should be in defense of the many, defenseless, black babies legally dying at a rate of approximately 1,219 every day in the United States.3, 4
If you’ve done any research on Planned Parenthood (PP), the leading provider and promoter of abortions in the U.S., then you realize that PP was founded by those intent on destroying us. Now their successors perpetuate that agenda and have successfully convinced us that it is good to destroy ourselves. According to Cybercast News Service, a recent study found that 62.5% of PP’s abortion facilities are located in African American communities.5
The forces of darkness, through Margaret Sanger and her Negro Project, were successful at infiltrating our community by way of black pastors and ministers, resulting in the deaths of over 13.85 million of our babies, and counting!6 I firmly believe God deeply desires to close this door using the very ones who opened it…HIS WATCHMEN!
We’re living in tough times. One of the reasons the times are as tough as they are is because too many watchmen have avoided tackling the tough topics. Whether we address it or not, abortion is one of the predominant problems impacting African Americans today, and far too few of us realize how great a toll it has taken.
Abortion is the leading cause of death among African Americans. In fact, you can stack HIV-AIDS, violent crime, accidents, cancer, and heart disease one on top of the other and still not come close to the 13.85 million black babies that have died by abortion. 11
God expects His true watchmen to consistently carry out the same mission and mandate as Christ. Jesus reveals His kingdom mandate in Luke 4:18-19, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Whether you know it or not, many women and men, suffer from post-abortion stress long after their abortions.12 As God’s watchmen today, we have an incredible opportunity; to heal hearts broken by abortion; to assist in the deliverance of those held captive by abortion’s aftermath; to help them to regain their sight and realize that there is still hope, directing them to resources for liberty from their captivity and bandages for their bruises!
What will be your response to the truth presented in this article? I pray you will rise up and act…NOW! Proverbs 24:11-12 (NIV) says, “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this,‟ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?”
May each of us truly be God’s faithful watchmen upon the walls, never holding our peace day or night, refusing to keep silent. Watchmen of today, working to close a door to our community, opened by watchmen of our past.
*For full citations visit www.humanlife.org/did_you_know.php