The other week the US Senate shot down a proposal to completely de-fund Planned Parenthood of all Federal support. At one point in the budget debate, it came dangerously close to delaying the passing of a budget, which would have effectively shut down the entire Federal government. This was avoided by the pro-life Congressmen backing down at the last minute, but it was indeed the last minute. Although the result was dissapointing, it is also encouraging that the issue of public funding of abortion is coming into the public and legislative eye as a vitally important issue. Now is the crucial time to intensify our prayers and our political efforts to keep incessantly demanding that the injustice of public participation in abortion be stopped. There are still some important pieces of legislation awaiting votes in Congress, notably H.R. 3, the No Tax Payer Funding Of Abortion Act, and H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act.
As all this was going on in our world, in the real World we celebrated the death and resurrection of God made Man. We celebrated once again the mystery of life and peace with God coming to us through the death of a Son. This is the mystery of divine Love, and it is vital for those of us who pray for life to understand this Love for everyone. The Scriptures say in Romans that “God demonstrates his love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Jesus didn’t die for us when we were at our best, but when we were at our worst. Nothing we can do could compare to the guilt of those who tortured, mocked, and murdered Him, yet it was for those very people in their worst sin that Christ raised His voice in His last moments of agony to beg the Father for mercy and forgiveness for them. That is how we know the depth of God’s love for us. On our worst day, in our worst sin, when we cannot bear to even raise our eyes in prayer for shame, He is our Advocate at that moment, reaching out in mercy to us as He offers Himself on the altar in Heaven on our behalf. As we seek to follow His example this year, let’s always pray for mercy for those victims of the abortion lie, the mothers, who bear the shame and guilt and emotional damage. Let’s never fail to love them as Christ does and seek their healing and well-being, reminded always of the bloody sacrifice of the Cross, when He died for us while we were yet sinners.