During the election campaign it wasn’t always clear who our next prime minister was going to be. What was clear was that no matter who won, the unborn were going to lose. We had a pro-choice prime minister going in, and we have one still. And the situation we face is that before we next go to the polls another half million children will be dead.
This is wickedness on a grand scale, but it’s also a routine sort of evil. It happens to one baby at a time, every couple of minutes or so, and during regular business hours. A boy, then maybe a girl, one after another, ripped from their mother’s womb, torn apart and the pieces collected. Just another profitable murder, efficiently executed, done at the insistence of the child’s parents and with the approval of this government and this prime minister.
We could see this result coming, but now that we’re here what’s to be done? Parliament is decidedly pro-choice, so does that mean we can’t do anything for the unborn legislatively?
No. Jesus told the Parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8) during a very different time, and while He didn’t intend it first and foremost to serve as a guide to how best to engage in effective pro-life political action, it is that too. There once was a judge, Jesus tells us, “who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.” Living in the same town there was a widow in need of help, and her only means of getting justice was to turn to this judge. So what to do when faced with an unjust judge?
“[She] kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”...