After work, I went over to the abortion mill to pray for a while. It was nice to see three other people praying there despite the miserable cold and wind.
As I prayed, I couldn’t help but experience a strange sort of optimism. I felt a confident sense of the inevitability of our victory over abortion. I thought to myself: “There’s no way that society will remain blinded forever in the face of such an obvious no-brainer. Humanity has overcome this problem several times before, with the rights of Blacks, Aboriginals and women. We’ll do it again, without question.”
Later in the evening, when I was back home, I pulled out my daily missallette and read the readings for today. Psalm 24 had a touching verse that reinforced my confidence in our guaranteed victory:
They will receive blessing from the Lord, and vindication from the God of their salvation. Such is the company of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
When we look back on history, we sometimes wonder how on earth some people could have denied personhood to Blacks, Aboriginals and women. It seems so ridiculous to us now. Yet, at the time, there were probably many activists for minority rights who never thought they’d see the day when equality would be achieved. At times it must have seemed like a hopeless battle. It’s easy for us today to forget how much effort and how many centuries it took before they won their victories.
I don’t think abortion-on-demand will last for centuries. Not even close. In the end, our generation of aborters will appear as an ugly footnote in history. In the meantime, let us rise up to the measure of our ancestors and imitate their perseverance. God’s plans cannot be subverted by mere mortals. His hand guided humanity to overcome discrimination in the past and He’ll do it again.
By no means should this confidence lead us to complacency, otherwise we might find ourselves left out in the cold when our Master returns. Rather, let us be inspired to ever greater sacrifices and courage, knowing that these efforts are already yielding tangible results and that the ultimate victory is ours.