Today at 10:00 a.m. EST, the Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments for a case that could radically affect the status of abortion in our nation. The Court will hear oral arguments regarding a challenge to Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks.
This morning, I prayed for the members of the Supreme Court as they navigate through the arguments presented on both sides of the case. I prayed for them to see a higher law than the law of the land. I prayed they would rise to the law of God’s love and make their interpretation from that perspective.
Only if the heart of God is discerned and acted upon is there any hope for a nation or for the Church who lives within its borders. Some within the Church have allowed the current interpretation of the law of the land or progressive forms of theology that have departed from ruth, to form their worldview. Many pulpits choose to remain silent on important social issues and, as a result, the witness of the Church has been compromised because it has been compartmentalized, insulating itself from the realities of faith interfacing with culture.
In both Greek and Roman cultures, it was an acceptable practice to abandon unwanted infants exposing them to the elements where they were allowed to die a cruel death.
Julian the Apostate, the last pagan emperor of Rome wrote, “Whilst the pagan priests neglect the poor, the hated Galileans devote themselves to works of charity, and by a display of false compassion have established and given effect to their pernicious errors. Such practice is common among them and causes contempt for our gods.”
The proceedings that begin today in our Supreme Court are about what deity is being served. It is a choice is between the god of human reasoning or the God who values an innocent life – a life that was never created to be discarded as fragmented remains from a brutal surgical procedure because the child was deemed unwanted.
Julian’s dying words were, “You Galileans have conquered!” May the court proceedings that begin today offer a similar testimony regarding their final verdict.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).