The End of Roe v. Wade: Kevin H.
The acceptance, advocacy for, and enactment of abortion I believe is one of the greatest horrific evils in this country’s history.
The unborn are the absolute most vulnerable population among us and far too long their lives have been rationalized away. Genuine reason, logic, and scientific advancement show just how alive and how human the unborn are. If they are not human, then what are they? How arrogant of us to think that we can arbitrarily decide when someone magically becomes a “person” at a certain developmental stage and only at that point are their lives worthy of protection. How tragic that we elevate the rights of one person over the right to life of another. With the exception of some extreme cases (life of the mother at serious risk, severe deformity of the baby, etc.) which make up only a very small percentage of abortions, how wicked of us to end the lives of so many completely vulnerable babies who categorically have no voice of their own to cry for their own life.
I am glad that Roe v. Wade is likely going to be overturned. However, I am under no impressions that this is the silver bullet that’s going to cause a great reduction of abortions in our country. That is because in order for abortion to be greatly reduced in our country, hearts need to be changed. Frankly, much of the way that many “pro-lifers” have carried themselves and have carried out their initiatives to fight abortion and other political concerns, has done anything but “change hearts”.
A heart that wants to save the unborn from unjustified death is a heart that reflects the love, truth, and compassion of Jesus Christ. However, a heart that reflects the love, truth, and compassion of Jesus Christ also:
– Cares about the mother and her circumstances and desires that her needs be attended to in whatever ways possible, both before and after birth.
– Cares about the life of the child as it grows up and desires that his/her needs be attended to in whatever ways possible.
– Cares about others in our world who are the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, from the immigrant to the refugee to the homeless, and desires that his/her needs be attended to in whatever ways possible.
– Cares about conducting themselves with care and compassion, thus seeks understanding and shows concern for others and their thoughts and circumstances, even those who greatly differ from them in opinion and lifestyle.
– Cares about conducting themselves with truth and integrity, thus avoids the disparaging and slandering of those who are seen as opposing them.
– Cares about conducting themselves with truth and integrity, thus avoids the immoral and unjust support, overlooking, and justification of evil actions by other people and entities that help us to achieve their desired ends.
– Cares about conducting themselves with truth and integrity, thus avoids the spreading of dubious and unverifiable information, calling it or making it appear to be “true”.
– Cares about people following after Jesus and His ways out of faith and love, not from compulsion and coercing.
There are many Christians who while obviously not perfect, do faithfully strive to care in these ways. Unfortunately, there have also been many, seemingly growing in number and intensity these last several years, who do little to show care in these other ways.
If people’s hearts are going to change, they need to be pointed to Jesus. The “Jesus” that many have been pointed to in recent times is offensive to many. Sometimes they may be offended by the cross, but it sure seems that more times than not they are being offended by the politically-partisan, people-hating “Jesus” we point them to. And I don’t blame them for rejecting this “Jesus”.
For the acceptance, advocacy, and enactment of abortion to be drastically reduced, hearts need to be changed.
This is true not only for many “pro-choicers”, but also for many “pro-lifers”.