Friends, by now, many of you have seen the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court that could potentially overturn abortion rights set by the landmark case Roe v. Wade in 1973. While a draft ruling does not represent the court’s final decision, we are encouraged to see confirmations from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on the authenticity of the draft.

I believe this is an answer to decades of prayers of people who care about protecting the most vulnerable among us – unborn children. It is absolutely a time to give God praise and glory for moving and working through the prayers of His people!

But this is also a time for doubling down on BOTH prayer AND compassion. All indications are that while this is overturned at the federal level, it will be left to the states to decide their position on abortion rights. Unfortunately, it’s safe to assume that there won’t be any changes for California. In fact, we are seeing an attempt to relax abortion rights laws with the proposal of a very disturbing bill – AB 2223. So please keep praying!

As followers of Jesus, we must remember to live with both truth and grace. While abortion is wrong in God’s sight and we celebrate this development (truth), we have to remember this is a very difficult and painful topic for many. Let us live with love and compassion and be full of grace to those that disagree or who are angry or hurt.

In other words, we need to obey the WHOLE Bible!

I am praying that…

Christians who Stand for Truth – will also Live with Grace!

Christians who are Passionate about Politics – would be just as Passionate about caring
for the Poor!

Christians who Attack & Divide – will start following the One who prayed we would be ONE!

Christians and Churches who Faithfully Unleash the Word of God – will also Faithfully Unleash the Love of God!

Christians who care deeply about protecting the unborn – will care just as deeply about protecting everyone who is born.

Life is precious. All people are created in the image of God!

As Mother Teresa put it, “Any country that accepts abortion, is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what it wants.”

“Do not be overcome by evil, overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21



Ray Johnston

Senior Pastor. Bayside Family of Churches

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