Binding up the nation's wounds
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”
As I write this in the month of February, when everything from TV commercials to department store ads invoke the memory and visage of Washington and Lincoln, I am reflecting on those words spoken by Lincoln in 1865 and, of course, applying them to the pro-life cause.
There can be no doubt that abortion has tragically wounded our nation. In addition to heartlessly and violently ripping apart our own offspring, it has cheapened motherhood, crushed women, emasculated men, destroyed marriages, violated the parent-child relationship, and wormed its evil way into the highest offices in our land.
Promoted by an industry intent on profiting from the mistakes of its clients, it has left in its wake a population unqualified and ill-equipped to deal with its aftermath.
As Lincoln pondered the possibility that the war might continue until “every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword,” I, too, ponder if the Lord might require from us blood for blood, life for life, for every one of the 55 million unborn children killed by abortion, before He brings an end to the bloodshed in our land.
It has been said that the number of lives lost to assisted suicide will far surpass the deaths from abortion in our nation. Perhaps that is how justice will be served for the shedding of innocent blood.
In the meantime, whatever God’s sovereign plan may be, like Lincoln, we continue to strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, as Herculean as that task may seem.