by John Knight
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
January 22 makes the 39th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling that overturned every state law governing abortion in America.
39 years is a long time.
Yet that horrible decision effected one positive move: Bible-believing churches got off the sidelines. Today, it would be hard to find any American who is uncertatin about the Evangelical stance on abortion: it’s evil.
Today, But Not Always
I say “today” because that’s not always been the case. In fact, the eugenics and abortion movements in the United States successfully enlisted religious leaders — mostly Protestant and Jewish — to support their causes decades before the Roe decision.
In the 1910s The American Breeders’ Magazine (and they are not referring to dogs) recruited church leaders because they understood the influence of clergy on the American public. In the 1920s, the American Eugenics Society sponsored a sermon contest for the best sermon on a eugenic theme. Margaret Sanger, founder of what is now Planned Parenthood, would seek out black religious leaders for The Negro Project she championed in the 1930s and 1940s.
By the 1960s, the eugenics movement turned more actively to the issue of abortion. In 1967 a group of clergy formed the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion, which openly encouraged access to abortion and provided guidance to women who were seeking abortions.
And today, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice continues its active promotion of abortion. They’ve even created a seminary course, “Theology and Reproductive Choice.”
Don’t Grow Weary
Millions and millions of babies have died since 1973 and for that we weep. What we can’t count are the millions of babies who were born because someone refused to grow weary in doing good for the unborn.
Please, we must persist in saying what the Bible actually says about God’s sovereignty in human life. We must keep making the case for the value of every human being, born and unborn.
2012 could be a watershed year for children with certain kinds of disabilities. New technologies are able to target disability earlier in the child’s development. News that your unborn child has a condition like Down syndrome, spina bifida, or cystic fibrosis, in our culture, statistically, ends one way.
Please, we must persist in advocating for the unborn babies with disabilities and their mothers and fathers. Don’t grow weary in doing good for them.