1Corinthians 1:20 “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”
The annual March for Life in Washington, DC, a rally to stand for the life of the unborn child and to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion, began on January 22, 1974. Since then, there have been many presidents who have claimed to be pro-life and followers of Jesus Christ. But on January 24th this year, history was made. Donald Trump became the first US President to speak at the March for Life.
A sitting President has never before attended the March for Life. In contrast, on January 30, 2014, around the same time as the March for Life was held and 40 years after the Roe vs. Wade decision, the last President, Barack Obama, made his own history by being the first sitting US President to attend Planned Parenthood’s annual celebration of abortion. Six years later, how things are now changing in this country.
In his speech at the March, President Trump explained his position on unborn children:
“It is my profound honor to be the first president in history to attend the March for Life. Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House. Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting. The far left is actively working to erase our God-given rights. They want to silence Americans who believe in the sanctity of life. Together, we are the voice for the voiceless.”
The stark contrast between Obama and Trump on the rights of the unborn could not be made clearer in their words and actions. But they are not the reason for the war over the unborn. They are representatives of the will of American citizens. They reveal something about ourselves. They reveal our nation’s moral character, and our faith, on the issue of the sanctity of life. Two recent examples make this point for us.
Back in December last year, comedian Michelle Wolf joked about her abortion in a recent Netflix comedy special that was watched by millions of Americans: “You can feel any way that you want after an abortion. Get one! See how you feel! You know how my abortion made me feel? Very powerful. You know how people say you can’t play God? I walked out of there being like, ‘Move over, Morgan Freeman. I am God!'”
The opposing example is NFL football player Benjamin Watson, a pro-life Christian who is releasing the film “Divided Hearts of America”, where he interviews 30 influential Americans who have differing views over abortion. A man who speaks out on the sanctity of the life of the unborn child, his goal is to bring out the conversation in the open so people can be more informed and then make their own decision.
But there is one thing we know, that has been proven scientifically and is not divisive – the unborn child is a human being. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, former Director of the world’s largest abortion clinic and responsible for over 75,000 abortions, decided one day to record one of his 15-20 daily abortions. After watching the video, he said “I was shaken to the very roots of my soul by what I saw. It is clear that permissive abortion is purposeful destruction of what is undeniably human life. It is an impermissible act of deadly violence.”
The debate in this country is no longer over whether the child is a human being or not, but whether the unprotected, defenseless human being can be put to death.
This is not a battle over scientific truth. This is a battle over how each of us decides what is true, what is right and wrong, what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
As our verse this week explains, this is a battle of our worldviews.
The apostle Paul explains to the church in Corinth that God has made worldly wisdom into foolishness. We are witnessing the fulfillment of God’s word in this battle over the life of the unborn child. The undisputed fact of an unborn human being should be enough to warrant their protection under our legal system. But truth does not matter – only the mother’s “rights”, but not the child’s. We are a self-absorbed society.
Paul explains that there is a spiritual battle going on that cannot be seen, between the world system of secular humanism, which rejects God’s authority over their lives, and Christianity, which follows the will of God’s Son, Jesus Christ: “The message of the Cross of Christ is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1Corin. 1:18). Paul then explains why worldly wisdom cannot lead anyone to eternal life: “Since… the world through (its own) wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (1Corin. 1:21).
Get ready for a battle at the election polls this year. But it is not one you can see. The battle is spiritual and pits the foolishness of the secular leftist anti-God worldview against the Christian worldview.
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