Roe V. Wade is dead: What next?

In his book, Live not by lies Rod Dreher interviewed Families that lived under communist regimes and held fast to the truth in those times.  He asked about the tools they used and the patterns they created so that they and their children could survive totalitarianism.  One of those families talked about how they used film and literature to instill the right narratives in their children in the face of the great evil of the world.   One of those pieces of literature was the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.  The children, now grown men and women, said that the two lessons they were to learn from the Lord of the rings. First that places like Mordor were real because evil exists in our world. Second, it was that when all the battle seems to be over there is still be work to do, they based this off of the ending of the books when the ring has been destroyed, the evil armies have been vanquished the Hobbits arrive back at the shire only to find that while they have been away there has been chaos and destruction.  They are forced to keep fighting the battle because the reality of the world is that evil doesn’t quit in its pursuit of victory.

If you have seen the news today, you know that in a landmark decision the Supreme court overturned both Roe v Wade and Casey v. planned parenthood.   This decision has been paid for and politically pursued as long as I can remember.  For those of us who believe that God is the author of life and that to take someone else’s life is a violation of the 6th commandment, this is a day that we have longed for and worked for.  

If you don’t know if you agree with this decision, I want to give you

  1.  An unborn child is a unique human person who deserves to be protected from acts of violence in any way that society would protect its other citizens from violence.
  2. Laws are pedagogical (that’s a big word which means that they teach).  The Law of the United States of America has taught that there are people who are less valuable than other people, that there are people who don’t deserve to live.  That a baby in the womb is of less substance and personhood than one out of the womb.   The overturning of Roe and Casey means that the law no longer says it is moral to kill another person as long as that person resides in a womb this means that the law has returned to impartiality.

The question for the church in the wake of this landmark moment is what will we do?  

  1.  Pray.   Pray for the leaders who have complicated legal codes to untangle.  Pray for the leaders who want to turn this decision back through the legislature and executive order. Pray for those who are afraid, those who are pregnant and don’t know what to do.  Pray for those who are Fathers and try and manipulate mothers into killing their children.   Pray for those who feel hopeless and lost in the world around us.
  2. Give.  Give to crises pregnancy centers, find ways to help, by teaching classes counseling supporting those ministries.
  3. Serve.  Serve those in a crisis pregnancy by participating in their lives, becoming the social safety net they need, and not in a short term but by dedicating yourselves to years of service that you will not be paid back for.
  4. Open your Homes.   Create spaces of hospitality for children who are abandoned, abused, and neglected. Create spaces of hospitality for children who need to be adopted. Create spaces of hospitality for unwed mothers to live in your spare bedroom eat at your table babysit their children so they can live and work. 

Friends the work here isn’t done, there are still legislative battles that will be fought, and this will continue to affect our politics, but that isn’t our chief concern.  Our chief concern is that there are opportunities to show Christ to our neighbors who are suffering so that they might repent and believe in Jesus. Rejoice, the Lord has given us work to do!!!

2 thoughts on “Roe V. Wade is dead: What next?

  1. I am so glad that our Supreme Court made this ruling, which many of us have been praying about for a long time. A child in the mother’s womb is a living being and that life should be protected like any other life.

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