Yesterday was the 39th anniversary of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion in America. It was the worst and most unjust decision ever made by the US Supreme Court.
Since 1973, there have been well over 50 million legal abortions in the United States of America. That’s about 3,200 babies killed every single day in our country (legally).
And experts estimate that there are roughly 42 million abortions performed every year worldwide. That’s about 115,000 babies killed every single day.
In light of these statistics, listen to Proverbs 24:11-12
“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay each man according to his work?”
Now, this text intentionally gives us no indication as to what specific injustice the author had in mind (someone is being killed and others are unknowingly heading toward destruction). So, this text serves as a general guideline for what God’s people are called to do in the face of violent injustice. If human beings are in danger of being taken away to death, God-fearing people are to come to their rescue.
And notice the point of verse 12. The author anticipates people turning a blind eye to injustice and claiming ignorance of it. The implication is that when we know about injustice, we should do everything in our power to put an end to it without excuse.
The worldwide genocide of babies is the greatest injustice I can imagine. The most helpless humans are those who don’t have a voice to plead their own cause. Who will rescue the unborn? Who will stand up for the rights of the unwanted children in our world? Who will defend those made in the image of God from their oppressors?
So, maybe the question is how can we (ordinary Christians) rescue those who are being taken away? Let me mention just a few very specific ways we can be involved in the pursuit of rescuing babies from abortion (this list is by no means exhaustive).
Start with prayer. Make it a regular practice to pray that abortion will once again be unthinkable in our land. God is the only one who can change hearts. Let’s plead with Him to do so.
Educate yourself. Stay updated on what is going on in the pro-life movement.
Support pro-life organizations that are on the front lines of helping and counseling abortion-minded women. You can start by learning more about your local pregnancy center.
Adopt a child or help someone else adopt. Adoption is a way to say to the world, “You may not want that child, but we do.” Adoption is THE greatest alternative to abortion. There needs to be an army of Christian parents and churches shouting to the world, “No child is unwanted. No child is a burden. Every child, no matter what gender, or color, or health is welcome here in my family.”
Teach you kids never to be ok with abortion. Our kids are growing up in a world where abortion is considered a normal part of life. Teach them that it is the greatest civil rights violation in the world today. Teach them that it is murder, no matter how accepted in our culture it is.