This is an excerpt from Dr. Scott McKee’s June 26 sermon
There is a lot going on in our world right now. There is so much division, hatred, and hurt. While many celebrate the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision, others are hurt and angered by it. Many more are just confused by it. What will it really affect? What does it really communicate and to whom?
Some are saying that the overturning of Roe v. Wade is not a big deal. It just moves the battle from the national level to the state level. It doesn’t change anything. I have heard that sentiment expressed.
Others say it changes everything! Some say for good, some say for bad.
I think it is too early to know what the actual impact will be. How many fewer abortions will happen because of it? What are the unintended consequences? I think we have a real opportunity as followers of Jesus to show love in action, to show that we are for life in all of its forms womb to tomb.
Our theme verse for the church program year that just concluded was Micah 6:8 where God, through his prophet, said that three things are required. Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly with your God.
I think this command of God will serve us well right now.
Do justice. I have always thought of abortion as a justice issue. Part of what justice means is to give voice to the voiceless. Who is more voiceless than unborn children?! But justice means also giving voice for women, and for the poor, and for the victims of assault. We have to work and pray for justice for all.
Love Mercy. We need to show mercy to all. Are Christians across America ready to step up and receive children through adoption or foster care? Will we step up to support women who keep their children? Financially and prayerfully? We must be people who love mercy.
Walk humbly. This is not the time to go to that person at your workplace who holds a different view and tell them to stick it in their face. This is not a time for gloating, but for praying and serving.
And if ever you’re not sure how to pray, simply pray that God’s kingdom would come on earth as it is in heaven.
O, God, we pray for a world that is fractured, fearful, and fatigued.
We know, Father, that you are the author and sustainer of life. We know that every human being bears your image.
Help us to be people of justice, mercy, and humility. Lead us to live and love like Jesus. Form us to be people you can bless and through whom you can bless others.
We pray that your kingdom would come to earth as it is in heaven. We pray for that future glorious day when abortion will no longer be seen as necessary or even desired, because every child is wanted; no one lives in poverty; women are honored and never violated, families are whole; marriages are strong; children grow up nurtured and loved, and human dignity is recognized by all. We believe in your promised coming kingdom. We pray for it. We work toward it. We see glimpses of it. That day when this old world will at last be set right, when war will be no more. The lion will lie down with the lamb, and peace will rule the earth.
Come Lord Jesus.
To you be the glory and power forever and ever. In Jesus name, amen.
-Pastor Dr. Scott Mckee