This week marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the controversial court decision to legalize abortion. Since 1973 approximately 55 million babies have been killed at the hands of abortionists. To put that staggering number in more graphic terms, that’s the combined population of Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. In the wake of those aborted babies are the countless lives of mothers and fathers whose choice to snuff out the life of an unexpected child has left them wracked with overwhelming guilt.
With the commemoration of the anniversary of Roe v Wade, another statistic emerged that saddened my soul. Surveys reveal that 70% of Americans now believe that Roe v Wade should not be overturned. In other words over two-thirds of Americans do not believe that abortion on demand is a moral atrocity, and that the laws that legalize it should be left in place. Not so long ago at least 50% of Americans were opposed to abortion, clearly not enough to mandate a constitutional change, but certainly enough to keep the pressure on. Now that opposition appears to be waning.
How can this be? Our nation is rapidly becoming post-Christian. With each passing generation America has become progressively unhitched from her biblical moorings. As this is the case we may expect basic morality to decline in our land where everyone does what is right in their own eyes rather than what is right in the eyes of God. No surprises there.
What surprises and concerns me is the vanishing moral resolve of the American church. I’m certain that among the 70% of Americans who agree with abortion there are nominal church members who have given up the fight. Many have spiritually and morally assimilated into a non-Christian culture to where their values reflect more of the world than the Word of Christ.
For the 30% of us who remain opposed to abortion, we must not grow weary in the struggle. We face a moral emergency that will require urgency and tenacity on our part. We must do it for the glory of God, for precious unborn girls and boys, for guilt-ridden parents, and for all that is holy and righteous.
What must we do?
- Pray. The powers of darkness cannot stand against a praying church.
- Make your case. In private and public conversations believers must continue to be vocal about the sanctity of human life.
- Support pregnancy centers. These life stations are on the front-line of the battle for the lives of the unborn. Pray for them. Volunteer with them. Support them financially.
- Back pro-life elected officials. At the city, county, state and national levels pro-life public servants deserve our encouragement and our votes.
- Love. A strident tone will detract from the love of Jesus Christ who alone can change the human heart. Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to God.
America faces a moral emergency. We must remain vigilant in the battle for the lives of more than a million little boys and girls each year who will be snuffed out through abortion.