Today, January 22, marks the 26th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion.
At my children’s school, the Vision is to propel students for a life of service to Christ, and our hope is that these children will ultimately engage their culture for Christ with articulate, winsome voices of truth. William Wilberforce, who led the campaign in Britain to abolish slavery, is the example that we point to for a life of service to Christ. I cannot think of an issue in our day with more striking similarities to slavery than abortion.
I’ve been thinking about what this Vision looks like for me both as a Christian and as a parent who will set an example for my children. I’ve been praying for eyes to see God’s heart on issues in our world and the opportunities He has for me to engage the culture for Christ.
I was blessed with an opportunity this last week to spend a couple of hours at the offices of CareNet. CareNet has been working for 27 years in DuPage County offering pregnancy services ranging from abstinence education in schools to emotional, spiritual and practical help to mothers of unexpected babies, both during and after the pregnancy.
The statistics on abortion are staggering. The facts are compelling. Truly God’s Word is right and true when the psalmist declares in Psalm 139, “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.”
Perhaps much like Wilberforce in his day, we as individuals, families, or even a school, might find ways to engage our culture for Christ on this issue, to see our churches become more actively involved, and to support ministries like CareNet that are reaching out to help women and men impacted by abortion, while working to save lives and show that there is hope. We could start right now with a prayer and see where God leads.