It is the 37th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court decision that ushered in an unprecedented period in our country’s history, where we discarded the most fundamental human right of all, the right to life.

Where does a government get its legitimacy? Where does a government find its raison d’etre? If a Government is deficient in the most basic area of protecting the life of its citizens, then what legitimate purpose can it serve? There is no higher purpose for a government. When it fails in this regard, it de-legitimizes itself and subjects itself to the wrath and judgment of God. This is where we stand thirty-seven years post Roe v. Wade.

I suppose you could say we are both under judgment, in-so-far-as there have been over 50,000,000 children aborted since Roe was decided, and pending judgment. That is an astounding number of children that have never seen their parents, have never played in our playgrounds, did not go to High School or college and did not be come inventors, engineers, doctors, nurses, attorneys, auto mechanics, teachers, carpenters, electricians, politicians, judges, pastors, mom and dads. This is the equivalent of 1/6th of our current population. It is an astounding number. The number of children aborted, had they lived could have made the top 25 in the list of nations by population. They would be #25, just slightly behind the nations of France, Italy and the U.K. and ahead of Spain, South Korea, South Africa and Poland. This is a fearfully large number of children killed. How can we get our heads around such carnage? In an age of violence and death, how do we get shocked by this loss of life, this loss of potential? How can we not? Allow the Lord to stir your heart and don’t let these be just statistics. We can’t afford that and indeed the children can not.

Of all the riches of the world, they all pale in comparison to the riches of the human life. A life made in the image of God, created for a purpose, created to glorify God with his or her talents and gifts, given to them by God. As the psalmist says:

 “For You formed my inward parts;
         You wove me in my mother’s womb.
    I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
         Wonderful are Your works,
         And my soul knows it very well.
    My frame was not hidden from You,
         When I was made in secret,
         And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
    Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
         And in Your book were all written
         The days that were ordained for me,
         When as yet there was not one of them.
    How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
         How vast is the sum of them!”

What a tragedy, what a loss! When I consider the righteousness of God, I tremble for my nation. I know that He is not blind and although He is patient, His justice will not be held in check by His mercy forever. There will be a reckoning.

Although I see the evidence of His judgment already, I still hold out hope that we may stay His harshest judgment by turning away from this gruesome practice. It will take the church interceding on behalf of our nation, of fasting, confessing our sins and asking God to forgive us. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

The church does have a role to play and the biggest role at that and it may mean stepping into the political realm and electing public officials who will say no to death and yes to life. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. That admonition by Paul to the Galatians is just as appropriate now and to this situation as it has ever been.

As citizens of Heaven and of this nation, let us not cede this ground to the enemy of our souls, let us stand and fight both in the spiritual realm and in the material realm. Let us not consign anther 50M+ children to death without a fight. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.