“Like a trampled spring and a polluted well, is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked,” Proverbs 25:26.
This verse means when those who are righteous allow wicked influences to rule, the righteous become defiled by those rules. This is why I praise God that Roe v. Wade was overturned; because I believe the laws of our land should reflect basic morality and protecting the life of those most vulnerable is fundamental to the moral wellbeing of our nation.
Henry Idema writing for “The Holland Sentinel,” a newspaper in Holland, Michigan, wrote an article titled “My Take: The Christian ‘Taliban’ wants to impose their religion on the rest of us.” The article was just his view, and a litany of the many evils he believes are caused by the Supreme Court’s overturning Roe v. Wade. Henry believes Christians are trying to impose our views on our nation.
What I think and what Henry believes reflects the divided perspectives that have become greater between believers and nonbelievers since Roe v. Wade was overturned. And while I recognize this divide exists, I am not glad that it does.
I do not like contention and the Scripture admonishes “The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out,” Proverbs 17:14. Strife tends to separate people, not bring them together. I do not enjoy living in a divided nation, but if peace means denying life to the most vulnerable among us that is not a compromise I am willing to make.
Henry contributes to the acrimony between the two views when he claims believers are like religious extremists trying to force our views on everyone else. The recent decision rendered nullifying Roe v. Wade was a legal decision not one that was influenced by religious zealots.
But when it comes down to it, the pro-choice people have no legal argument to support their position, so they resort to name-calling, vulgar accusations and senseless protests. And to what purpose, abortion will continue in those states that favor it and there are already forces at work to ensure those who wish to have abortions can circumvent the laws of their state to secure an abortion in a state where it is legally allowed.
I do not wish to force my religious views on others, but I believe our laws should reflect the basic morality of the framers of the Constitution. The right to life is a fundamental human right, that should not be cut short for reasons of convenience.
I just read an account of a woman who has four children and is pregnant with a fifth child. She says she wants an abortion because she does not want another child. That is not a medical reason. Her health is not threatened, she just does not want another child. So the child is supposed to die because she failed to exercise contraceptive means and is merely inconvenienced?
I take my Christian convictions with me into the voting booth, so I can say I have supported pro-life candidates and that has finally paid off. But I am not overjoyed by the current ruling because I also recognize this does not mean the end of abortion.
I know changing the law means nothing until there are changed hearts, and that is what we should be praying for.