That’s what happened today when the Supreme Court overturned Roe V. Wade (and Casey) and ended almost 50 years of federal support of abortion. The essence of the majority ruling penned by Justice Alito is that there is not and has never been a constitutional basis (right) for abortion.
There has been no issue that has been more divisive or polarizing in our culture during this time. As a result, we’re seeing and will continue to see the outpouring of raw emotion on both sides—in celebrations and in demonstrations. In their protests, some have voiced the complaint that in Roe v. Wade being overturned, the Christian faith is being imposed upon them. There’s no logical basis for such a claim. While this ruling was certainly prayed for, worked for, and is being applauded by people of faith—it is a civil decision, not a religious one. However, it’s not uncommon in the aftermath of a controversial decision like this for more heat to be generated than light. As such, it is a time for wisdom and discernment in terms of our speech and actions. The world doesn’t need heat from the community of Christ, they need healing light.
They need to see the light of life that Jesus brings. More than ever, disciples need to continue their pro-life work that Jesus talked about in Matthew 25:35-36 when He spoke of feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, looking after the sick, and visiting those in prison. We can fulfill the spirit of those words as we continue to minister to women with unplanned pregnancies, open our homes to foster children or adoption, encourage men to be fathers as opposed to DNA contributors, and care for life wherever in whatever condition it exists. The world is watching and we have a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on Him who is the essence of Life.
This is also a time for being humble and meek—not arrogant and mouthy. Most people who disagreed with today’s decision do not want to hear our words at this time, but they will note our attitudes and actions. Here are some words from Proverbs to guide us:
The heart of the righteous man weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil (15:28),
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise (10:19),
Reckless words pierce like a sword (12:18),
A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction (16:23),
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (15:1).
And finally this from the psalmist:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14 ESV).