Guest Post By Seth Bloomsburg
The overturning of Roe vs. Wade by the Dobbs vs. Jackson ruling is incredibly historic. I simply do not have the words to describe how monumental this ruling was. Virtually everyone alive today has lived the majority of their lives in the shadow of the evil of Supreme Court approved abortion. I am already hearing reports that abortion ban “trigger laws” are taking effect since the ruling, and Planned Parenthoods having to cancel abortions. The heart of every true Christian should sing at the toppling of this cultural idol.
It will not take long, however, for liberal Christians and other pro aborts to flip through the Bible to find something, anything, that they can use to condemn conservative Christians as being hypocritical in their joy. After all, should not Christians care for the hurting? Weep with those who weep?
The first to note is that, of course, Christians should not be hypocritical, but if an unbeliever or liberal Christian (but I repeat myself) tries to shame you, you should, as always, ask that ultimate question: by what standard? When Christians need to understand what is hypocritical or not, we must use the Bible and only the Bible as our standard. We are not to use that modernist standard of “someone got their feelings hurt”. So, let’s take a look.
I’ll start with the most uncomfortable text. We see in Exodus 15 that the Israelites, just after watching the Egyptian army drown in the Red Sea, sang a song, and specifically rejoice in the death of their enemies. “Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying, ‘I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously, the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.’” (15:1-2).
Now, keep in mind, this is not a story out of a “precious moments” Bible. These events actually happened with real people. Since Israelite sensitivity training was a complete mess, there is no mention of the fact that every one of those Egyptians was made in the image of God, and most of them likely had wives and children who were now husbandless and fatherless. Yet the Israelites still rejoiced. The text says that the deaths of the Egyptians brought glory to God (v. 1). And some of the following verses could really only be described as gloating. Pharaoh’s chosen officers were killed (v.4). They fell to the depths “like a stone”. Pharaoh made plans to overtake the Israelites, and the song mocks them for it because of how effortlessly God destroyed them and their plan; all He had to do was breathe out and they “sank like lead”. (v.9-10)
Now, of course, if any of the now husbandless or fatherless Egyptians came to the Israelites in repentance and asked for help and acceptance, the Israelites should have gladly accepted. The Lord “opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6) and Christians should watch over widows and orphans (James 1:27). The Lord Himself says He would like to have someone repent rather than rejoice over their death (Ezek 18:23). This does not contradict the relief and joy the Israelites rightly felt after the army was destroyed. Christians should have an exuberant, unbridled joy at this decision. “When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous.” (Prov. 21:15). Was justice done? Then rejoice. The inhabitants of Heaven itself are said to ring out a loud “Hallelujah!” (Rev. 19:3) just after Babylon is thrown down with violence and the smoke from that crater goes up forever (18:21, 19:3).
But what about Proverbs 24:17? “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles.” I would summarize the distinction this way: we are to hate God’s enemies and love our own. God hates the wicked, and those who do violence. (Ps. 11:5) God hates people who are pro baby murder. Since there are millions of people in America, and a good chunk of them are pro abortion, most of them are not my personal enemy, but they are all enemies of God, since anyone who opposes God’s law is His enemy. So let’s say you have a friend who is frustrated yet calm over this ruling and they accidentally dump their soy (because, of course) latte all over themselves. Should you mock and laugh? Absolutely not. No one, even an unbeliever should have to deal with all that extra estrogen soiling their clothes. And even if they angrily dismiss you as “bigoted” or a “hater of women”, cheerfully bless them. Bless those who persecute you (Rom. 12:14).
But if you see someone on the street wailing and gnashing at their tongue studs, tearing their outer garment of free trade, organically grown burlap sack, shouting to their false god (if he would just get off the john [1 Kings 18:27]) and cutting themselves for that sleeve tattoo-chic, asking “why, Meaningless Universe, why?!”, do what the prophets of the Lord and the Lord himself does. Hold them in derision (Ps. 2:1-4).
A few caveats are in order. In God’s sovereign plan, we might screw this up. One of the principles of war is pursuit. All Christian legislators need to take advantage of the stupor the enemy is in and immediately impose abortion bans (or implement the ones already in place) to show them we are serious. This means senators, AG’s, mayors, governors, and even city councilmen (Has it come to that?) In God’s perfect plan, this whole thing may come undone, but the question is what should Christians be doing now. The answer is pursue and be merry warriors while doing so.
What this means, practically, is that if you see someone having yet another “I can’t kill babies I don’t want” tantrum meltdown, the Bible would have you have a hearty horse laugh, because that is exactly what the Lord does. The baby murderers plotted in vain, and God does not merely laugh, but holds them in derision. (Ps. 2:1-4) Then, go home and celebrate. Set off illegal fireworks. Break out your best whiskey. Smoke a pipe or cigar, and love the fact that God’s kingdom will see that all nations turn to him in repentance (Ps. 22:27) and that His Law will reign from coast to coast (Ps. 72:8).