Yesterday marked the fortieth anniversary of Roe vs. Wade in our country. There is so much tragedy and brutality surrounding that decision on the part of our Supreme Court that it is just too much to take in. The pro-life movement has had its victories, but at the end of the day, 57 million unborn babies have been slaughtered.
Something that has bothered me for a long time is the relative ineffectiveness of being pro-life. While I have worked at a crisis pregnancy center, supported Pro-life ministries, and done whatever else seems doable, there is a certain amount of frustration. It isn’t as though girls on their way in to Planned Parenthood bring it up with strangers in the grocery store first. This is something that has just been happening in spite of us, something that has been haunting our country for a very long time.
Yesterday I saw the video put out by some reproductive council in celebration of Roe vs. Wade. It was spectacular in its sickness. A well-dressed man with bedroom eyes talking to his girl (Roe vs. Wade) “Happy Anniversary, Baby.” Talking about how they tried to keep us apart, about how they never will. So completely appalling that it just sort of sits there in front of you – asking you to just try and soak it in. Recently I saw an ad for Planned Parenthood that featured an ecstatic woman – arms raised in enthusiasm wearing a shirt that says “I had an abortion.”
As I was thinking about this last night something occurred to me. It’s big, it’s ugly, it seems unstoppable, and now it is sassy-talking too. It is coming out to taunt us! What does this remind us of? Remember a certain Giant that challenged Israel? The one who came out daily and blasphemed? For forty days. Until David happened to be there when he did it. All of Israel was afraid. All of Israel responded in fear to Goliath’s threats. They worried about it. They were grieved. They were frustrated and afraid. And this is how it is possible that in a country where over 50% of the population think a baby is a baby, abortion is still legal. Because a lot of those people are afraid.
This brings me to what was really on my mind to say. This is a fight, and there are two sides. There is one side for God and there is one side against Him. One of the things that frustrates Pro-lifers so intensely is that the people who are standing over on Goliath’s side are apparently not noticing how hideous he is. We try to persuade them by showing them pictures, telling them stories, and showing them the obvious evil that is taking place. It can be incredibly frustrating. Why can they not see it? The answer at a fundamental level is that they do not fear God. They cannot see because they do not have eyes to see.
In some way, the presence of a sick monster on your side is comforting. They know he is hideous. That is not the point. They might not want to think about it, but they know. That is not the argument. The thing that they are deceived about is that they think their monster is stronger than God. But their monster cannot protect them. There is a safety in sin when you are standing with him. Let him go out and taunt – it makes your smaller sin feel a little less guilty. But you certainly can’t admit the depth of his sin, not without admitting the depth of your own.
But we know that our God is stronger than Goliath. We know that he will fall. It is simply a question of when and how. Goliath is not invincible, Goliath does not get away with taunting the Living God. We know how that story ends.
So our prayer should be for an unlikely warrior. For someone who is strategic and unafraid. Or for a whole movement of people who are small, strategic, and unafraid. Do not listen to the blaspheming taunts of Goliath. Do not believe for a moment that he is a strong as he says he is. Make yourselves into smooth stones. Make yourselves about the right weight and shape to kill a Giant. Raise your children to believe God. Repent of your own sin quickly. Do not slip into taking comfort in the relative smallness of your sin next to that. Behave on a daily basis like God cares about the little things in your life, not just the little people in the wombs of others. Do not fear. Do not run away from Goliath. Worship God. Pray. Believe His promises. Be joyful. Educate your children. Love your children in sacrificial ways. Invite people to share a table with you. Reach out to the lost with forgiveness, with the blood of Christ.
It is only a matter of time, and in my opinion, forty years is enough.