While it’s tempting to believe instruments of government have decisive roles to play in a nation’s destiny — that is, whether it will suffer calamities sent, for example, as Divine correction, and while to an extent they do — it surely goes substantially beyond just a handful of men and women, whether Putin or Supreme Court Justices.
Let’s take the Court, which in the United States has nine members.
If a leaked draft of a coming ruling from that court, overturning Roe v. Wade — which made it a right to kill an unborn child — materializes next month or soon thereafter, abortion will be greatly limited in the world’s most influential, visible nation.
Logic seems to dictate that such an eventuality could turn decades of decadence around, in the U.S. and elsewhere. To a degree, it may well.
But it’s more complex than that. For what God looks at and how He does so is something no leader, no justice, and no algorithm could: what is in the heart of every single person, and how that tallies as an aggregate. Simply put, He adds everything (every goodness, every sin) up.
So the real question is: What is everyone doing in their personal along with public lives? Does it add up to holiness or debauchery — a net plus or a net minus? How much prayer is there? Which way is the culture turning?
Therein lies the reckoning.
How the nation and the world (let’s not forget that the U.S. is only 4.25 percent of the globe’s population) is doing when it comes to other dictates in the Ten Commandments and teachings of Jesus is central to purification. Will materialism also vanish with Roe? Lust? Selfishness? Hatred? Slander?
Even just with abortion: would a decision by a majority of less than a dozen people (perhaps just six of nine justices) serve to reverse the moral landslide that began well before Roe (with free sex, drugs, divorce, pornography, and the spiritual rebellion of the late 1950s and 1960s)?
What does the average person think of abortion?
What is in the hearts?
But here’s another:
True, according to Rasmussen, which sways conservative, 48% of likely U.S. voters would approve of a Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. But among those who want Roe overturned are many who want to allow it up to a certain point in pregnancy or exceptions for rape and incest. Then there is the element of abortion pills. And contraception.
It remains a long road ahead — although finally, through dark clouds, though (if you note the news) tornadic ones, a ray of light is ready to come.