In a recent blog post, Dr. Al Mohler recounted a conversation he had with a woman who spoke to him after he had addressed a large crowd, and asked him the question, “Why won’t the abortion issue just go away?” As we reach the fortieth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, perhaps that is a question that a lot of our fellow citizens ask. Every year that passes seems to heighten the fact that the mounting statistics are literally and unalterably horrifying. The death toll now surpasses 55 million babies aborted since the 1973 decision. There is no varnishing the fact that we stand today in a country where there are millions less of us than there normally would be. In 2011, Planned Parenthood reported over 333,000 abortions. That averages to one abortion every 94 seconds. In the time it takes you to read this blog post, two or three babies have been killed by abortion.
So on this 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision are we at times tempted to echo the woman who questioned Dr. Mohler and wonder why this issue won’t just go away? Do we grow weary in the battle at times? In times like this, when we mark milestones in the abortion battle, it is good to step back and realize just why this issue will never go away for Christians and why America’s pastors must never stop proclaiming God’s truth about abortion. Because no matter what society does or says, and no matter how the death toll mounts, God’s truth never changes and He hates abortion.
Psalm 119:160 says of God, “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8 proclaims that “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” The Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 1:23 speaks of the “living and abiding word of God” and then echoes Isaiah that “the word of the Lord remains forever.” Scripture proclaims that God’s Word stands forever. Put another way, it never, ever, ever changes. And when God says in Proverbs 6:16-17 that he hates hands that shed innocent blood, His hatred doesn’t somehow go away after we reach a threshold of innocent blood that has been spilled. No, God’s Word stands forever. He will forever hate hands that shed innocent blood.
But we must also remember that our God forgives and heals. The Psalmist declares that God “forgives all your iniquity.” In 1 Chronicles 16:34, David proclaimed that God’s “steadfast love endures forever.” That’s also a message today’s pastors must proclaim. Because for every one of the over 55 million babies that have been aborted since 1973, there also stands a woman broken by the pain and hurt of abortion who is in desperate need of a forgiveness and love that only God can extend and that He promises to provide to those who ask.
On this day that we mark forty years of abortion on demand, and mourn the loss of over 55 million of our fellow citizens, we must remember why this issue will never just “go away” until abortion is once again recognized as illegal and punishable as murder in our criminal laws. It’s because God’s truth never changes. His truth has not changed in forty years and will remain the same forever.
On this blog, we frequently talk about how biblical truth is under assault. That’s why Alliance Defending Freedom was created, though. Because we must protect the proclamation of God’s unchanging truth to a culture that doesn’t want to hear it. If America’s churches and pastors are to remain faithful in this day, we must stand together for biblical truth no matter how our society tends to ignore it or try to change it. Pastors must proclaim that God’s truth does not and will not change. Abortion is just as wrong today as it was 40 years ago. And it will be wrong forever.
And forever is a lot longer than forty years.