For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13-14
Friday was a monumental day in the fight to protect the life of the unborn in America as the Supreme Court announced its’ decision on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The ruling by the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade and results in abortions being a state-by-state decision. Because Kentucky passed a “trigger law” in 2019, access to abortion services are now illegal in Kentucky with the exception that permits abortions to prevent the death or permanent injury of a pregnant woman. The trigger law, House Bill 148, was put in place (triggered) when Roe v. Wade was overturned. About a dozen states had trigger laws in place if Roe was overturned.
Since the Roe v. Wade decision, over 60 million babies were aborted. Many Christians have labored, prayed, marched, counseled, and given financially to support the unborn. We celebrate and praise the Lord for this decision. We realize that the battle for life does not end now. We pray for other states who still allow abortions to continue as usual. We pray for the day when our country has a culture of protecting life. Just as we look back and see the atrocities of slavery, may we one day look back and repent over the atrocities of abortion.
We pray for the work of pregnancy resource centers around the country. There are over 40 pregnancy resource centers in Kentucky that need our prayers and support. It is a good time to raise our game in supporting local pregnancy resource centers as they work to help, counsel, and support pregnant mothers. There are so many absentee fathers and the church needs to come alongside mothers and help support, disciple and minister to mothers and their children. Being pro-life doesn’t end when the baby is born but must continue in love and support for babies and their families. There are so many single mother families that need the support of the church. May the church be a place of refuge and support for those who have unexpected pregnancies.
We should also encourage adoption and foster care in our churches. Adoptions can be expensive but we can come together and support those who have a heart for adoption. We can support those who might be willing to provide foster care. I heard today that Sunrise Children Services received 40 calls this weekend (after the Supreme Court’s decision) from those interested in foster care. God calls us to care for orphans and children. May the Lord show us ways to be more supportive of those in foster care and in need of adoption.
The Supreme Court’s ruling has had very emotional responses on both sides of the issue. Some have responded with violence (we pray for the protection of our pregnancy resource centers and advocates for life) and anger towards Christians and those who are pro-life. While we want to be ready to proclaim and defend our beliefs about the preciousness of life (even the life of the unborn), we must do so while also showing the love of Christ to those who disagree with us.
We want our community to know that we love and care about them. We want to minister to the needs around us with the ultimate goal of being able to share the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that protecting and defending life is a biblical mandate and so we speak truth in love. We also believe that people’s greatest need is a relationship with Jesus. Let us pray that God would be glorified by what we say and how we minister in these contentious days. May God bring healing and peace to our land. BBC, let us shine a light for Christ to those around us!