In the aftermath of Roe v. Wade, what should we do? How should we react? What is our order of priority now? After 50 years of praying and working for this to be overturned, do we sit back on our laurels, take a deep breath, and do business as usual?
No!! The battle is far from over. And I think the first thing is to make sure we, the Church of Believers in Jesus Christ, identify how this could have happened in the first place, and begin closing the doors that let the enemy get a foothold in America’s homes, schools, churches,. . . in American society!
Could the policy of toleration that has been preached for so long have something to do with it?
After all, toleration is a good thing, isn’t it? Isn’t it a basic Christian doctrine? No, not as it is expressed in today’s culture.
Christian toleration in our Founders’ day was expressed so clearly by Samuel Adams, the Father of the American Revolution when he wrote:
“And it is now generally agreed among Christians that this spirit of toleration, in the fullest extent consistent with the being of civil society, is the chief characteristically mark of the true Church. Insomuch that Mr. Locke has asserted and proved beyond the possibility of contradiction on any solid ground, that such toleration ought to be extended to all whose doctrines are not subversive of society.”
That last phrase is the key to the whole issue in 1772 and in 2022. Subversive means to tend to the overthrow of the foundations of something. So the question is this: Is abortion subversive of society? Does it tend to the overthrow of the very foundations of family, home, relationships, and community?
That is the question to be discussed and debated in each family, classroom, church pulpit, among friends and colleagues. How each community answers that question will show us where we go from here, and how each state legislature votes. Therefore, we must be diligent to have these discussions, whereas 50 years ago, no one was holding hard conversations.
The Christian Church at the time could not even answer when life began. They did not know biblically and were too intimidated by science and scientific arguments to search for a “thus saith the Lord” answer. No one was declaring Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Or Psalm 139:13-16 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Or Proverbs 29:2, Isaiah 5:20, and on and on and on declaring that we are known by God, our shape and even our purpose is known by God before we are conceived. Truly He knows our sitting down and our rising up!
God has had mercy on us and is giving us this small window of opportunity to have the hard talks, to show Christian love and grace to those women and children who need it right now, to make adoption a viable solution for those who need it, and to bring forth fruit of the kingdom.
And just what is this fruit? Love, joy, peace, righteousness in our homes and churches, our schools, truth, strengthened communities, and relationships.
God also saved us from the tyranny of laws being made by unelected bodies who are not accountable to We the People. That is every bit as dangerous as the abortion issue.
The battle over the 2nd Amendment has to be fought and won by Americans. The 2nd Amendment was never given to us for self-defense, or for sports and hunting. Make no mistake about it, the 2nd Amendment was given to the people of the United States of America to protect us from tyranny — pure and simple. An armed people . . . armed with biblical truth as their guide, a knowledge of history, and the right to keep and bear arms fully protected and utilized, will not be easily subdued and overtaken.
Thanks be to God who has given us the beginnings of victory. Let us be courageous to go in and take the spoils for the kingdom of God. And again, these spoils are people’s souls, future generations, freedom . . . lest we forget!
(C) Patricia Holloway Smith