War on the Unborn

  This past weekend, approximately 500,000 women gathered in Washington D.C. for the 46th annual “Right-to-Life March” to protest the fateful decision made on Jan. 22, 1973 by the Supreme Court in the “Roe v. Wade” case that made abortion legal up through the 9th month of pregnancy. Since that horrifying court decision, more than 61 million babies have not been given a chance to live out their lives on this earth.  To put that number in perspective, consider that one out of three babies are not allowed to live. In fact in the time it takes you to read this “Wisdom of the Week,” six or seven innocent babies will have been put to death in our country, and before the day is done, nearly 4,000 unborn children will be killed—one third of them by Planned Parenthood! 
     One of the most difficult decisions any president has to make is to declare war, knowing that it will cost our country lives. Since the Revolutionary War, we have experienced about 1.2 million casualties. Each one is a tragic loss, robbing a family of a son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a dad or mother. It is a sacrifice we know we have had to make to assure that our freedoms continue and to protect our nation from being taking over by an aggressive enemy. We maintain a strong military in order to protect our borders and to aid other nations who are fighting for freedom and we are so grateful for each soldier who puts his or her life on the line to do so.   But then consider the decision made by the SCOTUS which has cost us the lives of about 61 million, just since Jan. 22, 1973!  In only a very, very small percentage of cases was an abortion performed to save the life of the mother. The majority are merely for the convenience of the mother, with no consideration for the life of the child within her who is not given the chance to keep on living.
     In Proverbs chapter 6, Solomon lists seven things which are an abomination to God, one of which is “hands that shed innocent blood” (v. 17). We, as a nation, have great accountability to God for what we have been doing to our babies. I pray that we will wake up and recognize that babies are real people from the time of conception, as the Bible clearly states (See Psa. 51:5; 139: 13-16; Jer. 1:4,5; Lk. 1:14-16), and to take their lives is murder. It is quite obvious from the turmoil in our nation today, with the inability of our government to operate due to the seeming unresolvable polarity that exists, the huge drug problems, the disintegration of the family unit, and on and on, that we are no longer the nation that God has so greatly blessed, and  the major cause is that many have turned their backs on the God who formed us in our mother’s womb and to whom we are accountable.  We have forgotten that “It is He who has made us and not we ourselves” (Psa. 100:3).   We no longer make God’s Word the standard for both belief and behavior and are living like those in the time of the Judges when “everyone did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).  Many in leadership positions have been attempting to eliminate Christianity from the public square and to confine it to behind the walls of the home or church. And even there one must be careful what is taught or you might be charged with hate speech.  Wow, how far we have fallen.
     A day after the “RIght-to-Life March” in Washington D.C., thousands of other women march, advocating the rights of women to have abortions. This same scene was repeated it cities all across our nation.  Both groups will say they are standing up for women’s rights, but only one truly values the entire being of a woman, while the other asks her to reject a significant part of herself to ultimately become “empowered” and “free.”  The first march—the “March for Life”—values the entirety of a woman, including her entire biological makeup as created by God and her ability—and privilege—to be a mother and doesn’t put her at odds with the children she holds in her womb. The second group, on the other hand, specifically advocates the idea that legalized unrestricted abortion is necessary to achieve real liberation for women. This is quite an odd stance when you consider that for over a century, until the 1960’s, feminists leaders saw abortion as a form of male oppression that was at odds with the woman’s feminism and that rejected a significant part of their womanhood!  Pro-abortion advocates are telling women that they have a right to choose their comfort and convenience over the life of the child within their womb. What an unfair, deceitful, devastating thing to do to them, not to mention to the unborn!
     I hope and pray that we, as a nation, will wake up before it is too late. Praise God for those who are advocating for life. May their tribe increase!  It is time for our Congress and Senate and Supreme Court to acknowledge the biological and biblical fact that life begins at conception and overturn Roe v. Wade. May we again value life as God does, the One who “formed my inward parts, Who wove me in my mother’s womb,” the One to whom “My frame was not hidden when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth”;  the One “whose eyes have seen my unformed substance”;  and in Whose “book they were all written, the days that we ordained fore me, when as yet there was not one of them” (Psa. 139:13-16).
            Forever His,
                Pastor Dave

About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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