A Historic Victory for Life!
Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. -Amos 5:24
For nearly fifty years our generation, our society, and our children have been told abortion is healthcare and terminating a pregnancy is a constitutional right.
For nearly fifty years there have been brave advocates who were willing to stand up and say, "No. Abortion is not healthcare because a baby is not a disease."
On June 24th of 2022 the Supreme Court overturned a ruling decided on January 22nd 1973, declaring there is no constitutional right to an abortion and each state should decide its policies based on democratic processes.
After decades of peaceful advocacy, scientific support, patient partnership, constitutional backing and prayer - lots and lots of prayer - I am filled with joy to utter these words, "Roe v Wade has been overturned!"
What a historic day for our society and what an remarkable victory for life!
Nearly 63 million babies have been aborted since the original Roe v Wade ruling. This number is almost too big to comprehend. The loss of life is unfathomable. The death toll, unthinkable. This is primarily not a political issue. This is a moral and Biblical issue.
The Bible says:
God fearfully and wonderfully knit us together in our mother's womb (Psalm 139:13-16).
God knew us in our mother's womb (Jeremiah 1:5).
God entered our world in a young mother's womb (Luke 1:26-45).
Children are a blessing from the Lord (Psalm 127:3-5).
We are to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8).
See also: Matthew 19:14, Matthew 25:40, Psalm 22:10, Deuteronomy 30:19-20, Leviticus 18:21, Exodus 20:13.
What the Bible proclaims, biology also confirms:
At conception the baby has a new DNA that has never been seen before and will never be duplicated again.
At conception her physical traits have been determined, (her gender, her hair color, eye color, etc.).
Her heart begins beating at 21 days... before most mothers even know they are pregnant.
After three weeks we can hear her heartbeat and we can see her eyes and ears on an ultrasound.
After six weeks we can see her fingers and toes.
After eleven weeks we can see her smile.
After thirteen weeks she can hear her mother's voice.
After twenty weeks we know she can feel pain.
After twenty weeks she can survive outside of her mother's womb.
(For an accessible resource on these issues, see "Why Pro-Life?" by Randy Alcorn).
Despite what the Bible says, what the biology says, or what the constitution says, overturning "Roe" will lead many to rage. Many of our friends, family, workmates and social media connections will not see this as "justice rolling down like water," but oppression raining down like fire. They will be angry. They will feel righteous in their anger. Our cultural elites will stoke the flame of this fury and, tragically, many of our young people will not know there is another way... a better way. This better way is follow the One who said He is the way, the truth and life - Jesus Christ! (John 14:6)
We as Christians need to faithful, to be firm, to be wise, to be humble, and to not be surprised when the world rages against righteousness.
In the end, how could the overruling of Roe v Wade be anything but God's mercy upon a society that does not deserve it?
Our salvation is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our trust is in the Word of God.
Our hope is in the Promises of God.
All of this is rooted in the very character of a Holy God who is also a Good Father.
Praise be to the Holy God, our Good Father, who brought this remarkable change to protect the most vulnerable... May His Will continue to be done and may justice continue to "roll down like waters."
Humbly and Gratefully Yours,
Pastor Chris Durkin