This post is taken from a message I preached at Bob Jones University’s chapel on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. To listen to the audio of the message, click here.
This past Sunday marked the 44th anniversary of a monumental decision handed down by the Supreme Court on January 22, 1973 in a case known as Roe v. Wade.
It all began in 1969 in Texas when a 21-year-old high school dropout who was divorced and homeless was pregnant for the third time. She gave up her first two babies for adoption. This time her adoption agency connected her with two lawyers looking for a plaintiff in a case they were hoping to file that would challenge the Texas law that made abortion illegal. She fit the bill perfectly and to protect her identity she became known as “Jane Roe.”
She met with the two lawyers, signed an affidavit, and by her own account, never saw them again, never appeared in court, and in fact, never aborted her child.
However, the case her two lawyers filed went to the highest court in the land and in a landmark 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that “Jane Roe” and all women living in the United States had a constitutional right to end an unwanted pregnancy in the first trimester of pregnancy and in some cases, even through the second trimester of the pregnancy.
In the 44 years following that decision,
- 5 billion babies have been aborted world-wide.
- 60 million of those babies have been aborted in the USA.
- Over a million babies are aborted each year on average.
- This year already, 67,106 babies have been aborted as of January 23!
These statistics are staggering! Which is why this past Sunday, many churches called worshipers to reflect deeply, pray fervently, and respond personally to what God has said regarding the sanctity of all human life, especially the life of those yet unborn residing in their mother’s womb.
But what can we as believers do about this tragedy? What does God want His people to do when the sanctity of human life has been violated by others?
Millions of unborn people have been and are being murdered in our land – this should disturb and trouble us.
- We should grieve over this – profoundly.
- We should pray for this – persistently.
- We should voice our objection to this – boldly.
- We should do our part to stop this – legally.
- We should guard against this – personally.
But then we come to a difficult question. What if I am such a person, who has had an abortion?
That person needs to hear this truth: There is nothing that the Gospel through the mercy and grace of God cannot forgive. Nothing.
So run to Jesus as fast as you can – crawl if you have to!
Hang on to Jesus – with all the strength you can!
Believe Jesus when He said “I forgive you”
Rely on the grace of Jesus – every day, hour, and moment.
And remember the story of Jane Roe. Her real name is Norma McCorvey.
She ended up not having the abortion, but for years bore the weight of the decision that bore her name. She volunteered at abortion clinics providing help and encouragement to those who were coming to get abortions.
Then one day in 1995, she met a seven year old named Emily outside of an abortion clinic in Dallas, Texas. Her parents were there protesting, for they had almost aborted Emily!
Through this little girl, Norma found friendship. But she found more than that. Because of Emily’s testimony, Norma found forgiveness.
Listen to her testimony in this video:
Norma McCorvey found Christ. The “Roe” from Roe v. Wade became a Christian!
That same Gospel is still working. And ultimately, that is the solution to our abortion epidemic. For everyone – from abortion doctors to lonely single mothers to protesters demanding abortion rights to the lawmakers who support it – for all people to come to find the forgiveness that Norma found.
We as Christians must choose life when it comes to this important current issue. At the same time, we must encourage everyone to choose the life that ultimately is found in Jesus Christ.