Will the cost of victory be equal to that paid by the victims?

Walter B. Hoye II

Walter B. Hoye II

In Walter Hoye’s weekly column, he quotes from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, in which President Lincoln talked about the cost of victory:

The Almighty has His own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!”

If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South, this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a Living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope–fervently do we pray–that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.”

(As an aside, notice that Lincoln was completely ignorant of “separation of church and state,” but that’s another topic for another day.)

Anyway, Rev. Hoye went on to apply this principle to present-day abortion in America:

If a conclusion is the best explanation one can come up with at a given time to account for a collection of observations, events, and/or other kinds of data, then as I consider the abortion battle raging in our country, the “wealth piled” by the shed blood of the most vulnerable members of our country and that is to say our women and children, how over the last thirty-eight (38) years both the Democratic and Republican parties have repeatedly failed to end abortion, how “we the people” have failed to hold each other accountable for the lost lives of over 53 million babies by legally induced taxpayer funded abortion alone, how Christians have failed to stand boldly, unapologetically and without exceptions and/or compromises on clearly biblical values, I wrestle with the question asked by the “Angel of the LORD” (i.e., the Pre-Incarnate Christ.) in Judges 2:2 (AMP), “Why Have You Done This?” and physically shudder as I inevitably come to the following unavoidable conclusions …

  1. Victory over abortion will come by the hands, feet and voices of those most devastated by abortion.
  2. The Cost of ending abortion will not be less than the price paid by the victims of abortion.
  3. The healing from the ravages of a rabid abortion industry will come by the heart of Christ in those most hurt by abortion.

Brothers, we really need to talk.

What do you think?  Is Rev. Hoye correct?  If so, how shall we respond?


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