HT: Justin Taylor
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April 13, 1994
Mr. Justice Harry A. Blackmun
United States Supreme Court
The Orlando Sentinel reports that in the prospect of your impending retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court you are wondering what you will be remembered for…
To my mind nothing else that you ever have done can approximate the impact of your support of the majority opinion of the Court in the case of Roe vs. Wade.
This has opened the door to millions of abortions…
for the sake of expediency or selfish motives. It has encouraged millions of women and thousands of physicians to participate in this murderous course.
In 4 B.C. Herod the Great ordered the killing of perhaps a few dozens of babies, but his name remains famous for this “massacre of the innocents” (Matthew 2:16).
In the Civil War of 1861-65, one of the bloodiest on record in terms of the size of the armies involved, there were perhaps close to 500,000 casualties. But Roe vs. Wade has made already 30 million victims since 1973, and this number grows every day.
In World War II, the USA suffered somewhat more than 400,000 deaths due to the conflict: this is only 1/75th of the number of the abortion hecatomb.
In the Viet Nam hostilities there were some 60,000 fatalities. You would need 500 Viet Nam walls, enough to encircle the whole of D.C., to record those put to death by abortion.
The infamous holocaust engineered by the Nazis brought death to some 6,000,000 Jews and other innocent people. The name of Hitler is inextricably associated with this monstrous atrocity. Yet Auschwitz, Dachau, Buchenwald, Treblinka and others together exterminated only one-fifth of those whose life was snuffed out before birth by Roe vs. Wade.
The Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor cased the death of 2,300 Americans, and President Roosevelt, who surely cannot be accused of being politically right wing, stigmatized this occasion by calling it “a day of infamy.” Now two “decades of infamy” have cost our nation a loss as great as 13,000 “Pearl Harbors.”
Rest assured, therefore, your Honor, that this legacy of yours will ever be remembered and that your name will be associated with it. And unless you repent, when you appear before the Supreme Court of God you may well hear the verdict, “Your brothers; [and sisters'] blood cries out to me from the ground” (Genesis 4:10).
Roger Nicole, Ph.D. (Harvard)
P.S. If your parents had practiced what you believe, you might have been aborted, and the United States might have been spared this abomination. If my parents had practiced it, you would not receive this letter.
HT: Justin Taylor
“Men of authority and influence may promote good morals. Let them in their several stations encourage virtue . . . let them favor and take part in any plans which may be formed for the advancement of morality.”
- William Wilberforce
On this week that marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wilberforce, it is fitting to reflect on his legacy. In so doing it is obvious that we would think of his tireless work to end the slave trade and eventually abolish slavery altogether. While those achievements are herculean in their scope and impact, I believe we do Wilberforce a disservice by not putting his legacy into context. Was he just a great emancipator or was there more to this consummate politician?
To answer this question requires a deeper look into Wilberforce’s thoughts and reflections on faith. Wilberforce was not just a devoutly religious man. His devotion was not to a nebulous, transcendent God but to the gospel of Jesus Christ. In his magnum opus, “A Practical View of Christianity,” Wilberforce laid out the Biblical and moral grounds for all of the great social works that marked his political career. He made it clear that these works were not mere benevolence but an act of worship and obedience to a holy God. He also made it clear that these works were in and of themselves not the gospel of Jesus Christ but a natural result of the belief and working out of that gospel. Wilberforce would have been the first to say that doing good works cannot save anyone only faith in Christ can accomplish that. He would also add, however, that it is a mighty poor adherent to Christ who does not show Christ’s compassion to his fellow-man in need. Such was the strength and character of the 19th century reformer.
Another aspect to Wilberforce’s legacy that we should note is that he was a politician at heart. To label someone a politician in modern vernacular is tantamount to an insult. Yet when we examine the style of politics that Wilberforce practiced we see something entirely different. This was of course shaped and molded by his faith but it demonstrates a point that many modern politicians have forgotten and that is that politics is service. Wilberforce saw himself a servant of the people and he did what he did to benefit them and not to consolidate power or enrich himself. The proof of this is in his philanthropy. By the time he retired from political life, he had all but exhausted his personal wealth giving to the needs of the poor at home and abroad. To Wilberforce, politics was not a dirty game but a vocation and a calling to call the moral conscience of the culture to account and to enact the change needed to remedy the ills of society.
Wilberforce will always be remembered for his abolition of slavery and rightfully so. When we think of him, however, lets also remember his commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ and his tireless service of others. What was Wilberforce’s end game? To answer this question you need only read the gospel of Matthew 22:37-39:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
This week marks the 250th birthday of the great conservative politician William Wilberforce. It was his labors that led to the end of the slave trade in the United Kingdom. His life and faith have inspired many people in the service of God’s kingdom this author not excluded. Please take a few minutes to view the following video about the life of Wilberforce. It will be the best 10 minute investment you have made in a long time.