Today marks the 40th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court “legalized” abortion by judicial fiat. The resulting holocaust has amounted to 55 million dead children by some estimates. As of this writing, America sits under the rule of the most stridently pro-abortion president in our history. For decades, we’ve focused upon politics, legislative strategy, court appointments, public protests, and direct action. Yet after all of this, our efforts have failed to be a halt to the onslaught. There have been limited victories to be sure, but ultimate victory is still far off. That this form of mass murder is tolerated at all is certainly indicative of God’s judgment (Romans 1).
After all of this, what more is there to say? First, I am thankful to God for the progress that has been made. Today there are more crisis pregnancy centers than there are abortion mills. That’s a good thing. Second, the pro-life cause is far from being defeated. Are we where we want to be? By no means, but at the same time we have to recognize that we are far better off today than we were when this all started. Third, pro-lifers need to be consistent and never waver in any way, shape, or form. The personhood initiatives at the State level are especially encouraging. There are more and more people who are 100% pro-life, without exceptions. We have plenty of reasons to hope, but we also have plenty of work to do. Praying for our leaders is a good start.
Ultimately, it will not be political movements or even grassroots volunteers who will bring an end to abortion in America. What is needed is a reformation and revival of the church in our land. This will only happen by God’s sovereign grace and we must pray to that end. Abortion continues only because the visible church is largely apostate and her ministers lack the courage to confront this issue boldly. And after making a statement like that, there’s not much else to be said. We must fear God rather than men (Acts 5:29). When the Gospel once again thunders from the pulpits of America’s churches en masse–without exception and without apology–only then will the walls of barbarism finally crumble.