Last night Pastor John, Pastor Tom Steller and Pastor David Michael recalled their history in facing the horror of abortion. One of the advantages of being around one church for so long, I remembered a lot of that history.
Pastor Jason joined them for a time of questions, and I asked my question about how to help the church see that the children with disabilities should be allowed to live.
Pastor John went right to a theology of suffering and God’s sovereignty. I am very grateful for that persistent, helpful, biblical guidance. If you’re curious about what that means, there are hundreds of resources on suffering at Desiring God.
Pastor Jason added that we parents need to tell our stories. He is so right; we must testify to God’s goodness in the gift of our children with disabilities being the means God has used to help us see and experience more of Him.
And then Pastor Jason put his finger on a rising danger for children like ours – genetic manipulation and the temptation for parents to believe they are sovereign over their children’s existence. He couldn’t know it, but my heart rejoiced at his observation.
Forty years of abortion being the law of the land is discouraging. Even the various state restrictions that have passed are only encouraging to a point; they do not address the incredible cultural bias against unborn children with disabilities. But Pastor Jason’s brief and simple statement reminded me that we do not do this in our own strength and God will provide wisdom. I clearly see God’s hand in guiding my brand-new Pastor for Preaching and Vision, with all the challenges that come with leading a big church, to genetics as a key issue in the pro-life movement going forward.
And after he said it I immediately thought of this verse:
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27 ESV)
He is the God of all flesh, including the unborn babies with disabilities. And there is nothing too hard for him.
Abortion will end someday. Until that day, let us do all we can in the strength God supplies to encourage people to let all the babies live.