Children are a gift from God; they are His reward.  Psalm 127:3

 

        My cell phone rang at 2:03AM on Monday morning and when I saw Cierra’s name, I knew something must be going on with the baby.  Cierra’s water had broken and they were getting ready to head to the hospital.  At 4:15AM, Aiden Stone Best was born.  We got to see him stretching in the nursery around 5:30AM.  I was immediately reminded of the joy a child (or grandchild) can bring to your heart.  I’ve been told by many of you that there isn’t anything like grandchildren and Jenny and I can’t wait to learn that first hand.  I’m sure I’ll have a few pictures to show you the next time I see you.  Aiden weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces and is doing well.  Thank you so much for the prayers and encouraging words in regards to his delivery and birth.  We are beyond grateful to God for him.

       As I think about life, we are expecting the Supreme Court to release their findings on the Dobbs V. Jackson case any day now.  The Supreme Court breaks for summer recess at the end of next week and they have 18 decisions to release before their break.  We are very hopeful that this Dobbs decision will overturn Roe V. Wade which basically provided abortion-on-demand in all 50 states.  Since the leak of the draft decision, I have been saddened by the protest and threats of violence against members of the Supreme Court.  Until the decision is made public, we pray that the Supreme Court justices will not cave to all of the cultural pressures and change their convictions about this case.      

        The Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe V. Wade decision has resulted in the murder of over 60 million babies with an average of over 1,000,000 abortions each year.  The number of abortions had been declining for the past 30 years but something changed in 2020.  The New York Times recently reported that in 2020, one out of every five pregnancies ended in abortion.  Having just seen the beauty of a newborn baby and knowing the difficulty that some couples have in getting pregnant and having a baby, I have a hard time comprehending how 20% of pregnancies end in the termination of the baby’s life.     

       If Roe is overturned, states will have the right to deal with abortion rights or protecting the lives of babies as they see fit.  About half of the US states are more pro-life and about half of them are more pro-abortion.  Some of the pro-abortion states, like New York, have laws that make abortion permissible all the way to full-term.  As Christians, we believe that life begins at conception and we work and pray for the day when we see the abolition of all abortions.  A child’s heart beats at 21 days and it is audible at 8-10 weeks of gestation.  The international medical and science community, as well as a majority of the world, agree that a child is viable at 15 weeks of development.  Sadly, the United States is one of few countries that allow abortions after 15 weeks.  God forgive us!!!           

       I am hopeful that the Supreme Court makes the decision to overturn the ideological overreach by the court back in 1973.  Even if Roe is overturned, the battle for life is far from over.  The culture of death in some of our states is alarming.  Some pro-abortion states are even talking about paying the way for people from pro-life states to travel to their state to have an abortion.  Our President has already indicated that he might try to use his executive authority to protect abortion rights.  There is a lot of pressure (politically, financially, socially, and even violently) to provide for the “rights” of women over any rights of the unborn.  We must continue to stand for the lives of the unborn.  I am thankful that Kentucky is a pro-life state and we will have the opportunity to vote “Yes for life” this November so that activist judges will be unable to find abortion rights in Kentucky’s Constitution if Roe v. Wade is indeed overturned. 

       Life is precious and God is the giver of life.  I know I write a lot about protecting the unborn but I just don’t think we can neglect this responsibility.  Let us pray and labor to do all we can to celebrate life as a gift of God and do all we can to ensure all lives are treated with dignity, respect and protection.

 

Bro. Harold