I write this as a fifty year old man reflecting upon the fact that for the entirety of my life the reality of the Supreme Court’s January 22nd, 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, declaring abortion to be a fundamental right, has plagued this nation. Yes, we rejoice in the Supreme Court’s recent action to overturn Roe v. Wade, but that is only after the taking of the lives of over sixty three million babies in their mothers’ wombs in our nation since that evil decision. And this is not to mention that the overturning of Roe v. Wade did not outlaw abortion in our nation; it merely turned the issue over to states to determine; as you know, states are going to extremes to protect abortion within their borders with the net effect that babies’ lives continue to be terminated in their mothers’ wombs.
President Biden issued a statement today: “Today, instead of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, we are acknowledging that last year, the Supreme Court took away a constitutional right from the American people…I’ll continue to fight to protect a woman’s right to choose.” Mr. President, God have mercy that you would so malign the founding fathers of this nation as to suggest they ever believed a woman has a right to kill her unborn child; and Mr. President, God have mercy that we live in a society which thinks murder could ever be reduced to the euphemism, “a woman’s right to choose.” It is no wonder that today in our society, fifty years after Roe v. Wade, we find ourselves now debating what the definition of a woman is who allegedly has this right to choose. God has given this nation over to our pseudo-wisdom with ever increasing consistency; the downward spiral continues to descend.
But we mourn “as if not” mourning today (1 Corinthians 7:30) knowing that the Christ who died for our sins reigns over all creation for the good of his church, and that he will very soon return. We are all vile and hateful murderers as we are probed by his righteous law (Matthew 5:21-26). Some of you may be guilty of physical violence; some of you may be laid low in guilt about about angry words spoken in haste; some of you perhaps had an abortion and can scarcely bear the memory which haunts you like a ghost. CHRIST!! Let us bring our blood-stained hands to his cross and be washed white as snow by his crimson blood. His blood shed on Calvary satisfied God’s wrath against our blood-stained hearts and hands.
Isaiah addressed religious hypocrites who raised their blood-stained hands in prayer to God, expecting his favor. At the heart of their hypocrisy was oppression and injustice toward weak children (Isaiah 1:15-17). And then that overture of mercy which redounds to us today: “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Whoever you are, whatever your background, whatever your guilt: Wash your hands; wash your heart.
And Mr. President, you like all of us, will give account to God for your words. Come with us to the cross of our great Savior where reality is defined according to God’s standard and salvation is provided through God’s mercy and grace. And may we call every little child born into our families and into this nation to come to this cross for eternal life which shall never end.