I recently read
a speech by Winston Churchill entitled The Defense of Freedom and Peace. It was subtitled, The Lights are
Going Out. The great orator proclaimed to Americans who had not yet entered
the war that it is the conflict of spiritual and moral ideas which gives free
countries their strength. Especially in the light of history resistance against
the domination of the Nazis should not be seen in any other way. By some
estimates they put as many as 20 million people to death simply because of
their race, or their weaknesses, or unwillingness to support the evil cause.
Even 70 and 80
years later we can feel good about our sacrifices to defeat that evil regime.
But where are we in the world today? Where are we as a nation? Since 1973
Americans have brutally extinguished nearly 60 million innocent lives simply
because we found them inconvenient.
This was not
done by our government. We do not have S.S. troops pounding at our doors in the
middle of the night. We did this ourselves to those who by any reckoning were
the most innocent among us. Most Americans now admit that abortion is wrong. It
is interesting to me that many people say they believe abortion is wrong to
justify not doing anything about it. We believe abortion is wrong, so we must be
free from responsibility before God, or history for that matter.
But what can we
do? I am sympathetic with those who see the crisis as overwhelming. But nothing
is impossible with God. Let me suggest three essential approaches to the
First come to
this crisis with humility and compassion. We all share in the cultural,
intellectual and moral corruption that has swallowed up our nation. This is not
simply the problem of churches that did not stand against abortion. This is not
simply the fault of another political party or someone else. Most of us would
agree that German people who ignored the disappearance of their Jewish
neighbors or were afraid to speak up no matter what it cost them, shared in the
And we who are
also guilty need to seek ways of ministering to girls faced with unwanted
pregnancy, and unplanned and unwanted children. Do we have means to intervene in
the lives of young people who realize they have sacrificed their vision of the
future on the altar of sexual freedom?
the problem with wisdom and intelligence. If we simply demonize political
opponents or shout at them in protest, rather than listening to their arguments
and seeking to persuade people, we will make little headway in the issue.
Finally, we must
face this problem in prayer and worship. We will not turn this evil around
without the mighty hand of God. We need to see this as a matter of spiritual war,
crying out to God about every issue small and great. We have no greater weapon
in spiritual warfare than worship that connects us with God Himself.
The culture of
death is a daunting reality. But it is no greater than slavery that the enemy
foisted on our fathers a few generations back. Against all social, economic,
and political odds Great Britain outlawed the vile trade on her far flung shores.
And eventually Americans were willing to plunge ourselves into a horrible civil
If your faith is
not built on a powerful relationship with Almighty God you will not be able to
pay whatever price is demanded of us to defeat this horrible plague.