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Texas Abortion Ruling: I have overcome the world

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

If you’ve been scouring Twitter, you may have noticed that, overwhelmingly, tweeters are reacting positively to the SCOTUS ruling yesterday. Insert sad face emoji.

The Supreme Court ruled that a Texas law (that made it harder for abortion clinics to stay open) is unconstitutional. Sadder face emoji.

While I’d rather they banned abortion outright, I’m also all for laws that make abortion less easily accessible. Even if these laws only save the life of one baby (or one women from making a choice that will hurt her), I think all the man hours and resources spent to put laws like this into practice are worthwhile.

I wasn’t going to say anything about this ruling because, frankly, it makes me sick to my stomach. I cringed as I saw images like this one with people REJOICING over what will eventually amount to innocent murders.

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I could share many sickening quotes of people who were “elated” and “thrilled”. There was even a video of celebratory dancing that had my heart mourning for the human beings whose lives will be ended before they begin because of this decision.

Instead of lamenting these sad sad times, I want to remind my readers that the sentiments shared on Twitter, even when they seem to be overwhelmingly in one direction, do not necessarily reflect the views of most Americans or most of the world.

Yes. The vocal majority seem to be proponents of this unsavory decision. But they are only the VOCAL majority. The people who aren’t speaking up, aren’t tweeting, aren’t posting, aren’t commenting, aren’t publicly reacting are still people. They count too. And they are there.

And it’s OK to not say anything when you don’t agree:

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. Romans 14:1 y

And it’s OK –  even if you know that abortion is wrong – to not spend time thinking about decisions like the one made by SCOTUS yesterday:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

If you are following this story and are feeling alone in being outraged by the decision, remember you are not alone.

Do not be discouraged. Do not feel like we are fighting a losing a battle. Do not feel outnumbered.

Even harder, feel challenged to love and pray for the people in these pictures whose circumstances have led them to be “pro-choice”.

Find solace in that, even if we are outnumbered in this world, the world is passing away.

Today I am praying for myself as well, to stop my heart from shaking in anger at the women I saw dancing in celebration following this decision. Instead, I pray for a heart the mourns for them and is hopeful that they will one day come to know that all life is a beautiful gift from God.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

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