Confirmation hearings should begin this Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to be the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. If approved, Justice Kavanaugh is expected to change the Court’s balance on abortion, potentially leading to more restrictions on, or even a reversal of, the 1973 landmark case Roe v. Wade, which legalized the slaughter of, from a human perspective, innocent children, a slaughter now allowed prior to the age of 23 or 24 weeks.
While other countries, like predominantly Roman Catholic Ireland and Argentina, are moving towards removing abortion bans (at least before 14 weeks), the United States could be moving towards reinstating or at least allowing such bans, which no doubt would be a blessing to the more than 3,000 babies killed in this country every day.
Yet, certain celebrities recently encouraged women to celebrate their abortions, but a slaughtered child is hardly a reason to celebrate. A notable politician recently argued that aborted babies have helped the U.S. economy, but her false claims have been refuted. In every case there are persuasive counter-arguments that support changing U.S. policy.
With God, all things are possible, though He works through means. So, faithful Christians work to protect and honor God’s gift of physical life, especially the lives of those unable to defend themselves, such as those both at life’s earliest stages after conception and at its latest stages before natural death (Proverbs 31:8-9). God knows and creates each life (Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5) and gives it even more value by the redemption through His Son.
While from God’s perspective all are guilty of original and actual sin that deserves death, those sorry for their sin and trusting God the Father to forgive their sin, for the sake of His Son Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, live also in God’s gift of spiritual life. God’s Holy Spirit works that life through His Word, such as that Word connected with water in Holy Baptism (Ephesians 5:26). Thanks be to God that His forgiveness can cover all sins, even the sins of failing to prevent or having abortions!
The Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler is Pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Kilgore. You can reach him through the congregation’s website: www.pilgrimlc.org.