Save those who are being led to their death; rescue those who are about to be killed.
Proverbs 24.11 (New Century Version)
On January 22, 1973, seven justices of the Supreme Court of the United States plunged our nation into the crosshairs of God’s wrath. In the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, they endorsed the killing of children in the womb, and opened the floodgates of death. I graduated from high school that year, and began my adult life as a member of the abortion generation.
In the ensuing years, the gruesome nature of abortion, the short-sighted recklessness of justices who enabled it, and the dark motives of those who promoted it, quickly rose to the surface. In the ensuing years, the consciences of millions of Americans were awakened by James Dobson, Francis Schaeffer, Jerry Falwell, C. Everett Koop, and others. Motivated in part by aversion to abortion, voters elected Ronald Reagan president in 1980 by a huge majority. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, once the leading abortionist in America, turned against it, confessing that “I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age.”
Despite all this, nothing changed. It’s difficult for a society to admit they are engaged in horrific evil. Reversing the scourge of slavery (similarly abetted by the Supreme Court’s egregious Dred Scott decision) cost our nation 620,000 lives in the Civil War. Judicial pride caused the Supreme Court for decades to continue to prop up a law without any Constitutional basis. Along the way, politicians endorsed or denounced abortion, but could do nothing. An old Supreme Court decision forced a continuation of the killing.
Then came June 24, 2022. A decision which had been illegally leaked weeks earlier, finally was handed down. And I confess, a day I doubted would ever come, finally did. In my journal for that day, I wrote:
Amazing, historic, almost-unbelievable day: The SCOTUS today handed down a decision overturning Roe v. Wade…returning the issue of abortion to the states – and giving “life” a chance. This is momentous. “Lord, thank you for this day. May we prove ourselves worthy of this gracious gift.”
That prayer of mine is sincere: It is nothing short of a miracle that this day came. God’s gracious hand moved the course of leadership in our nation so that justices who would not make law, but uphold it, replaced justices who did not have the strength or conviction to do so. For that we must thank God, for a Scripture tells us,
It is He who changes the times and the epochs;
He removes kings and establishes kings;
He gives wisdom to wise men
And knowledge to men of understanding. (Daniel 2.21)
My prayer is also that we will now prove ourselves worthy of this gracious gift of God. For almost 50 years, it has been easy to be “pro-life,” in that you could stand boldly against abortion, but nothing changed. Now, it can change. Already, we’re hearing some ‘pro-life’ politicians, and even religious leaders, back-pedaling, finding “middle ground” to support abortion for some reasons. It is more important now than ever for us to be vigilant in voting only for those men and women who will stand resolutely against abortion, and protect unborn babies.
Ultimately, what must change is our culture – from a ‘culture of death’ to a ‘culture of life.’ Death is no solution to life’s problems. This is where Christians come to the fore: Jesus Christ is! He said, “I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly” (John 10.10). He offers eternal life to all who believe in Him. He alone can reverse the curse of death in our culture. So as we vote to protect life, let’s tell the Good News of the Savior who defeated death, and gives life.