Even If Roe v. Wade Should Be Reversed, What Then?

Even If Roe v. Wade Should Be Reversed, What Then?

Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Zebudah the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done. In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. And the LORD sent against him raiding bands of Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites, and bands of the people of Ammon; He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD which He had spoken by His servants the prophets. Surely at the commandment of the LORD this came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also because of the innocent blood that he had shed; for he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, which the LORD would not pardon.
2 Kings 23:36 - 24:4 NKJV

On October 26, 2005 Bush's friend and personal lawyer, Harriet Miers, withdrew her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. The president then submitted the name of Samuel Alito, Jr. for consideration. After debate within the Judiciary Committee and a vote taken, Judge Alito faced the possibility of a filibuster in the U.S. Senate -- but John Kerry and Teddy Kennedy (whose car has killed more people than my guns!) failed to muster enough support to get the filibuster off the ground. So Sam was confirmed by the Senate on January 31, 2006 -- he will replace S. O'Conner. Sure can't beat the timing on this -- State of the Union address is to be given a few hours later. Bush claims to be "conservative" and with Alito's confirmation, and the fact that he is considered to be "conservative," it is likely pro-life people will cheer and express hope that the Roe v. Wade decision of '73 will be reversed -- even if that happens, what then?

In the opening days of March '06 South Dakota enacted legislation which will virtually ban all abortions in the state except those necessary to save the life of the mother. Immediately polling organizations went into overdrive in the attempt to find out how U.S. citizens felt about this and whether they would want a similar law in the state where they lived. All kinds of discussions took place over this -- however, the only One they did not poll on this issue was God Himself! In fact, that is at the heart of the problem -- the majority, which includes a substantial number of elected officials and church leaders, totally ignores God's view of human life on this matter -- it's more of a matter of giving God the obscene gesture and proceeding with the mutilation and murders of thousands of unborn children each week! Will the Supreme Court act on the "constitutionality" of the South Dakota law? Time will tell.

Read on and be reminded that such a decision after over 3 decades of killing millions of unborn children doesn't necessarily get us off the hook so far as Almighty God is concerned!

Those who have strong Biblically based convictions on the uniqueness of human life agree that the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in January 1973 which legally permitted abortion on demand was a debacle of the first magnitude, with the full consequences of such action yet to be experienced by our republic!

As we move forward toward the fourth decade of the "shedding of innocent blood" the conflict over a woman's "right" to destroy her unborn child continues unabated.

The goal among many in the pro life movement has always been the nullifying of the Roe v. Wade decision.

There are a number of obstacles that stand the way of reversing Roe v. Wade.

    The president and vice president and their wives are not aggressively pressing for the overturn of Roe v. Wade. They are lukewarm at best when it comes to the pro life issue and that usually amounts to some pro life "rhetoric" about the time of the annual March for Life in DC each January. When they speak on the subject it is usually in guarded terms such as saying we should try to "reduce" the number of abortions in this nation -- even devoted supporters of abortion on demand may come up with similar statements, but not very often!

    There are no aggressive efforts on the part of the U.S. Congress and its leadership to pass legislation that will end the mass murders taking place under the sanction of Roe v. Wade.

    By way of contrast, do you recall how the Congress quickly rallied and President Bush even flew back from his Crawford TX ranch to sign hastily passed legislation in an effort to protect the life of Terri Schiavo whose feeding tube had been removed by a court order?

    But hundreds of unborn children are brutally mutilated and murdered each day in "the land of the free and the home of the brave." These apparently aren't worth the proverbial "hill of beans" -- no scrambling to pass a bill which will protect them -- and no fast flights from Crawford TX to quickly sign such a bill!

    A myriad of church leaders are not that much concerned about the slaughter of the innocents either! For instance, an interesting phenomenon exists in the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist bishops for years have highly stressed the needs of and ministry to children but you'll not hear them expressing any outrage over the destruction of unborn children at the rate of about 100,000 per month throughout the entire year!

    The UMC also was instrumental in initiating a program which stressed the need for "safe sanctuaries" and what is required to make our churches into "safe sanctuaries" -- that is, that our church facilities would be "safe" in order that children and youth would not suffer abuse of any kind at the hands of church staff, Sunday School, vacation Bible school, and other workers.

    But there is absolutely no emphasis on doing everything possible to insure that the human womb is also made a "safe sanctuary" for the person whom God is forming in that unique location and for whom He has a very special purpose in His wonderful plan!

    And so it is with a number of church groups that express very little if anything about the fact that at this point in time we, who claim to be a "civilized" nation, have destroyed over 45.1 million unborn children since 1973.

    The judiciary system is so screwed up that if legislation were put in place to protect the lives of ALL unborn children, there would be judges who would issue rulings with a lot of forked tongue opinions which would permit the slaughter to continue without any restraint! If they issue rulings which permit the agonizing and slow starvation murder of a full grown adult, why would protection of small unborn children from mutilation and murder make any significant difference?

But if it should happen (and this is a real wild stretch) that Roe v. Wade should be overturned, will that dramatic moral change get the country off the hook so far as God is concerned? After all, the one thing we as a culture absolutely refuse to face is God's view of our practice of abortion on a daily basis and His guaranteed response to such abominable behavior.

First, it is highly unlikely that our leadership and a majority of our citizens would feel sufficient remorse and make confession to God by honestly admitting that we are guilty of transgressions of the most vile kinds! Further, it is also doubtful that a genuine spirit of humility would be exhibited in seeking God's mercy and forgiveness with resolve that His will rather than ours will be top priority in the future.

Second, there is the issue of payment for our national sins -- our reaping of a harvest as a result of massive rebel seed sown over past decades. Certainly one of the most grievous of our actions has been the destruction of millions of unborn children. We are clearly reminded that God is not mocked and there is a harvest to deal with if the sowing has not harmonized with God's plan and purposes for human beings!

Israelite history reveals a very disturbing pattern. King Manasseh who ruled the kingdom of Judah instituted a host of ungodly practices including child sacrifice. His son, Josiah, attempted to undo what his evil father had done by instituting a series of drastic reforms and ridding the land of idolatry. But in spite of the many reforms, including cessation of child sacrifice, God didn't forget what had happened during the years of Manasseh's rule.

Read the record for yourself:

Surely at the commandment of the LORD this came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also because of the innocent blood that he had shed; for he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, which the LORD would not pardon. -- 2 Kings 24:3,4 NKJV

It has been noted that the only thing we learn from history is that we don't learn from history, and in spite of the clear warnings, we provide evidence that we are determined to repeat it with all the attending calamities, tragedies and well deserved judgments!

The big question is this -- and it's not a question of whether God will bring judgment on the United States, but how soon? A lot of innocent blood presently fills the land, does it not? And there is always a price to be paid for the "shedding of innocent blood!"

Unborn Babies Brutally
Mutilated and Murdered

since Roe vs. Wade
January 1973

Watch this for 60 to 90 seconds
and see what happens!

A Significant Selah Moment!

O LORD, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? even cry out to You, "Violence!" And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.
Habakkuk 1:2-2 (NKJV)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness....

It is time for You to act, O LORD, for they have regarded Your law as void. Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold! Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way.

Romans 1:18; Psalm 119:126-128 NKJV

May 13, 2005
Clayton D. Harriger
Elder in Full Connection
Western PA Annual Conference
The United Methodist Church
and presently pastor of
Gipsy Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Gipsy, PA
AND Non-Affiliated registered voter, Cambria Co. PA

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