On Monday, I watched with great anticipation and joy as hundreds of Christians testified before a committee of the Texas legislature on behalf of the preborn in support of a bill to end abortion. (You can view the entire hearing here. It starts at the 3 hour mark.) It was such a blessing to watch men and women stand firmly on the word of God and tell civil magistrates to do their duty. I believe there is a revival happening among God’s people around the country as many people, both pastors and laymen, are awakening to the duty of the Church to instruct civil magistrates and to intercede on behalf of those who have no voice.
As encouraging as this hearing was, it was discouraging but not unanticipated that the committee chairman with support of prolife professionals would seek to kill the bill. It is discouraging because we are hoping that these civil magistrates would do their duty before God. To have supposedly “prolife” politicians refuse to stand for the preborn is maddening. But I also said it was not unanticipated. That is, we must expect opposition. Abortion is the sacrament and crown jewel of Satan. He will not let it go quietly without a fight. He will scheme and he will work to turn what should be allies into foes. He and his minions will lie abut the work every step of the way.
That all said, I want to encourage all of those who spoke on behalf of the preborn, who spent time in prayer, or gave of their resources. We must fight this battle with a sense of urgency and yet recognize that we are also playing the long game. This hearing was just one step in the right direction to end abortion. If God’s people will continue to cry out to God and fill his throne rooms with prayers and supplications for justice, God will respond. If God’s people will continue to speak boldly to the civil magistrates and continue to fight, the abolition of abortion will happen. If faithful civil magistrates will continue to put forth abolition bills and Christians continue to push for this, Texas will not be the only state to give the bills a hearing. Then eventually there will be a committee chairman who will allow a historic vote on the bill. Be prepared for when that happens. Be prepared for it to not pass right away. But eventually a state will allow it out of committee. Each of these steps along the way are hard fought battles. But with each step, ground must be taken without compromise.
The point is that brothers and sisters be encouraged by what has happened this week and do not give up. Fight for the victory, knowing it is already ours in Christ Jesus. But also be prepared. The battle to end abortion like all spiritual battles is one in which the enemy rages from within and without. Therefore put on the whole armor of God and press on in Jesus Name.