STATEMENT on Leaked Draft Opinion by SCOTUS
Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources
The leaked draft of the majority ruling on the abortion case before the Supreme Court has drawn the expected attention. The conclusion arrived by the Court majority is no surprise. Anyone who listened to the oral arguments back in December knew that this, or something very close to this, would be the decision. Leaking this draft, however, gave us some insight into how abortion advocates will take a weakening or overturning of Roe v. Wade. They will not take it well or lying down.
The result? Forces on both sides of the issue will do what they have done for nearly half a century: They will look to princes who cannot save (Psalm 146:3) to leverage their respective positions.
Let’s be honest: If this action results in the saving of just one unborn child’s life, we have great cause to rejoice. I am optimistic it will protect many unborn lives.
Our problem, however, remains far deeper, and the solution rests on Christians who know what it means to be a Christian. These are people who lead Christ-like lives, seeking first and foremost to do the work of the Father – the Heavenly Father. They will stand for what is right but do so with gentleness, respect, great patience, and careful instruction. They will take action to help mothers to live with making the right choice in sparing the life of their unborn child.
The leaked ruling does not contain the Court’s final word on the matter. That is yet to come. We also have not seen the dissenting opinion(s). The final ruling and opinions will be instructive for the present and future battles on this issue.
Our mission, regardless of the final version, remains the same. We will continue to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8-9); we will love as Jesus would have loved (John 13:35), and they will hear in our words and see in our actions a hope that will stir curiosity and prompt them to talk to us (1 Peter 3:15). When we speak lovingly and act with commitment in a world where love has grown cold (Matthew 24:12), we will be a curious bunch, indeed. Measure your words and actions carefully to assure that you are building a bridge and not a wall in your mission to live Christ and to share Christ.
April 15, 2018
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