Back when this ministry began, pro-life thinkers predicted the legalization of abortion would lead to other social ills, such as infanticide, “test tube” babies, cloning, and euthanasia. They were right.
This month, with the Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage, author and blogger Mike Wittmer noted another significant connection:
In 1992’s “Planned Parenthood vs. Casey,” which upheld the right to abortion, [Justice] Kennedy famously wrote, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”
Last week, Kennedy began his Opinion by stating, “The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity. The petitioners in these cases seek to find that liberty by marrying someone of the same sex and having their marriages deemed lawful on the same terms and conditions as marriages between persons of the opposite sex.”
The same reasoning that gave us legalized abortion has given us homosexual “marriage.” Truly, we are on a downward slide. Can we expect God to bless America?
Rather than despairing, Wittmer takes heart:
This is an exciting, important time to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Our lost culture needs us now more than ever. We don’t have to be spectacular to stand out. Just love our spouses, raise godly children, and generally have our act together, and we should have plenty of opportunities to help those who are living against the grain.
There are echoes of the Apostle Paul in that statement: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18) Be sure to read that verse in context; there's something for everyone in it.
A similar passage bears highlighting in this context as well -- Amos 5, especially verses 10-15:
There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth....
There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times, for the times are evil.
Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.
Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.
This 4th of July, may God have mercy on America.