My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:15-16 (NIV)
The 46th March for Life was this weekend. I watched a time-lapse video of this year’s march in Washington DC and was amazed at the number of people involved, even in the cold.
But 46 years ago, I had a two week old baby girl who was taking up all of my time. The word abortion never crossed my mind and whoever heard of Roe v. Wade? March? I could barely keep up with the day ahead of me. I thought things would never get back to normal. It was not that I didn’t believe in the importance of life, I just never bothered to follow the news about this court case that changed our nation’s direction and mindset on the life of the unborn. I can only think of one friend who ever talked to me about this topic and I didn’t pay much attention to what she said.
However, as the years passed, I realized that I had been neglecting standing up for something that God was sorely displeased over. A Google search indicates that 45.7 million legal induced abortions were reported from 1970 to 2015. How could I turn a blind eye to such a horror? As the great parliamentarian Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and women) to do nothing.”
And that was the beginning of my involvement in the pro-life movement. I worked as a counselor at a Crisis Pregnancy Center for a couple of years and then went on to work actively in the political arena for 25 years endeavoring to make changes for good and the protection of the unborn. Looking over the 46 years, there have been some wins but we still have a way to go.
Warren Cole Smith is the Vice-President of Mission Advancement for the Colson Center for Christian Worldview writes: So it is fair to ask: Is the pro-life movement doing the right things? We excel at rallies and fundraising. We have come a long way in caring for women and children in crisis situations. The pregnancy care centers of this country are an army of compassion who in the aggregate care for millions of women and children each year.
However, if we want to make abortion not merely illegal, but unthinkable, we must get better at helping people think and behave in biblical Christian ways, not just in crisis moments, but at all times and in all places. We must do better at storing the linkage between marriage, sex, and child-rearing – which means talking about these issues more directly and more biblically in our pulpits and in our seminaries. These are core Gospel issues, not merely moral or ethical or political issues.
As believers in Jesus, we need to continue to stand for life. It may look different in method but not in theology. It should include all Christians, not just activists. And it must include all areas of life if we are to have any hope of reversing the abortion holocaust.