As pastor at Grace I have deliberately focused on the gospel and deliberately steered clear of engaging in politics. I still hold to that position because the gospel “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16) The good news of Jesus Christ is worthy of center stage, now and always. This blog is not a departure from that position. However, the timeliness of what we are experiencing in our country regarding pre-born children requires a response.
At Grace we value life…at every stage. This week I visited with someone dying from cancer, and another person whose dementia is advancing while his cognitive capacity is diminishing. Their lives matter. Just two weeks ago we received the invitation to host Night to Shine, a prom for people with special needs, next February. Their lives matter. So do the lives of pre-born children. In Psalm 139, David wrote, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:16)
In an August 2017 CBS story on Iceland’s almost complete eradication of children born with Down’s syndrome (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/down-syndrome-iceland/), a mother of one of only three children born with Down’s in Iceland that year asked, “What kind of society do you want to live in?”
As we face the potential decision to overturn Roe V. Wade, pray that our Supreme Court will be undeterred by popular opinion. Pray that we will return, for all the right reasons, to a country that values human life, regardless of that person’s ability to contribute to our society. Pray that states, specifically North Carolina, will embrace the value of human life since the Supreme Court’s decision could shift this responsibility to the states.
When God created the earth and humankind, he saw everything he had made and “behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31).
It still is.