On January 22nd we will be “celebrating” 40 years of legalized abortion in this country. The
exact number of lives snuffed out before drawing a breath is difficult to ascertain. The approximate figures are even more difficult to grasp; between 50 and 60 million abortions have been performed in the U.S. alone since Roe v. Wade. But this shame does not belong to this country alone. Since 1980 conservative estimates place the total of worldwide abortions at 1. 25 billion, or about 40,000,000 per year.
With that horror placed before us what can we do? May I suggest a few things for your consideration?
- Pray: We must be a praying people. Pray for the leaders of our country (1 Tim. 2:2). Pray for all people (1 Tim. 2:1). Pray that people’s hearts will be touched and this scourge will be eliminated.
- Have Compassion: We must be a compassionate people. In light of the widespread nature of this tragedy, we must realize that many people have made choices they would not make again. People must find compassion now and forgiveness waiting when they repent.
- Advance the Gospel: We must be a people full of the good news of Christ. With kindness and love I suggest to you that politics will not solve this problem; not in this country nor in any other. The only real solution to all of life’s problems is the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:16-17; 1 Cor. 6:9-11). In 1977 B. C. Goodpasture addressed the crowd at the Freed-Hardeman lectures for the final time. A quote from that lecture has resonated with me since I first read it: “The one thing that the world needs most now is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the one thing that can change the world. It is the only thing that can save our civilization and save the world from wreck and ruin. Yes, preach the word.”
Yes, preach the word, but also live the word! Friends, it is the only way.