"To Walk In His Ways"
May 27, 2009
The LORD our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us or forsake us, that He may incline our hearts to Him, to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His rules, which He commanded our fathers. 1 Kings 8:57-58
The times, they are a-changin'.
So it would seem. According to the most recent Gallup Poll, 51 percent of the people in America are now pro-life and only 42 percent remain in favor of a woman retaining the right to have an abortion.
That's a switch! Fourteen years ago, when Gallup first started asking this question, the numbers were reversed. Back then, 56 percent of the people queried were in favor of abortion and those against terminating the unborn numbered a relatively small 33 percent.
So, why the change?
Many explanations are being put forth: some think people misunderstood the question; others say with young men and women dying in war, life has become more precious; others believe education campaigns against abortion are working. The list of reasons why people's opinion has changed seems almost endless.
I don't know what the reasons are. I do know this: percentages are really unimportant. Public opinion, as the polls show, will shift from year to year and even from day to day.
Really, the only significant opinion is that of the Lord. The Creator, Redeemer, and Preserver of life, is the ultimate arbiter and authority of what is right and wrong. He is the Lord and He does not change.
This is why in regard to abortion -- as in all matters -- we should join with Solomon and pray the Lord our God will be with us. We should plead for the Lord to never leave us or forsake us. Just as importantly, we should ask the Holy Spirit to rest upon us so we never leave or forsake Him.
To that end, let us pray for the Lord to incline our hearts to Him to enable us to walk in His ways and to keep His statutes and rules.
If we do that, no matter which way public opinion swings, we who have been redeemed by the crucified and risen Savior will remain on the right path. By the Holy Spirit's power and direction, we will continue to walk the road the Lord wishes and has set before us.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, in so many areas we see how human opinions fluctuate. I give thanks You are the Lord and You do not change. Now, for me as an individual and for my country, I make this request: let us be brought into harmony with Your will and wishes. This I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries