“So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.” – Genesis 1:27
The overturning of Roe is an historic moment to be celebrated for many reasons, including the vindication of the tireless work of almost 50 years of pro-life activists and the affirmation of the constitutional role of the Supreme Court as distinct from Congress. However, the most important reason for celebration is the protection of pre-born human life made in God’s image. The Christian world view provides a unique, robust, and stable justification for valuing human life that no other philosophy, political ideology, or religion has been able to replicate or improve.
While this is a moment to be celebrated, it does not mean that the work of protecting the vulnerable is complete. Instead, the work will continue not just in the courts state by state but also in crisis pregnancy centers like Care Net, one of our community partners, and in foster and adoption programs. In addition, the work will continue as we minster to families with children who have special needs. Tragically, these children have been targeted for termination before they are born, and their defense also requires their care. Our ColumbusKids children’s ministry has already taken the first steps to identify and remove barriers that impact children with disabilities in our church. While we have many supports in place already, we are beginning the process of recruiting and equipping volunteers to join us in being better prepared to serve our community well. The work will continue in the seemingly ordinary task of building healthy marriages and families and raising children, planned and unplanned.
In all of this the central work of the church remains as we hold up the healing available only in the gospel of Jesus for those who have participated in an abortion. We continue to declare that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans
8:1). It is Satan who accuses and continues to heap shame on sinners. The gospel of Jesus announces forgiveness and offers freedom to those who repent and trust Christ. May we be found faithful to continue the work until the Lord returns.
For the glory of God and the good of others,