Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,
You may not expect me, a pro-lifer, to pay homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but if it weren’t for her, I might not have the skillset I do to get information out to you.
Why is that?
Because Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought many court cases in the 1970s that got women equal rights to work.
Yes, it’s true that since then she has not aligned with Judeo-Christian values. Unfortunately, she left her Jewish upbringing behind.
But let us honor her for the good that she did do.
Let us also consider how different history would be if women had equal rights to work before Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton made it to the Supreme Court.
Ironically, I mentioned Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s work in my new book, Worship to End Abortion: Your Prayer Guide, which released on the day she passed away. (Also interesting: sunset that day was the start of Rosh Hashanah.) Here’s an excerpt:
Remember the Man Caught in Adultery
Jesus, He who brings justice (Luke 18:7-8, John 8:10-11), open my mind to understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:45).
Early in the morning, Jesus went to the temple. People began crowding around Him in the Temple court, and He began to teach them.
A commotion interrupted Jesus’ teaching. The crowd turned to see scribes and Pharisees pulling a woman with disheveled hair into the court. “Let go of me! Leave me alone!” Then she saw Jesus and stood quietly, ashamed. Jesus looked at the woman’s face with compassion, but she would not look up.
A Pharisee said, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.”
Another said, “In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. What then do You say?” The scribes and Pharisees were testing Jesus so that they might have grounds for accusing Him.
The scribes and Pharisees were referring to Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22, which say that both “the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” Jesus knew The Law, so He knew the adulterer was missing from this accusation.
Yet He doesn’t say a word. Instead, He draws their attention away from the woman’s nakedness and down to the ground. Perhaps Jesus gave a knowing look to the 12 who quietly covered the woman’s nakedness. Everyone got closer to see what He was writing in the sand. Someone near Jesus read His words out loud, and one-by-one the woman’s accusers—the older ones first—walked away from the woman, who was in the center of the court. They didn’t leave the crowd, of course, because they wanted to see what Jesus would do.
What did He write in the sand? We don’t know. Perhaps He quoted scripture (see 1 Timothy 3:16-17).
Jesus straightened up, looked the woman in the eye, and said, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go and sin no more.”
I purposely named the title of this chapter “Remember the Man Caught in Adultery” to get you to ask, “What man?”
Exactly. Where is the man who was caught in the very act of adultery? The Law of Moses said that both the man and the woman should be stoned (Leviticus 10:10), yet the man was not accused.
Jesus elegantly distracted the crowd from the woman’s shame, brought about justice, and showed her the path of righteousness.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.Micah 6:8
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Today, women pregnant out of wedlock are the obvious sinners because their growing bellies are like the Scarlet Letters of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book. Men who have extramarital sex are harder to identify. Not only that, but men who are philanderers are often looked upon as studs.
Pro-choice women recognize the unfairness.
Let’s go back to the 1960s, the decade before Roe v Wade. The counterculture of the 1960s included the free love movement, which argued that sex freely entered into should not be judged by The Church or regulated by law. The result of the free love movement? Promiscuity.
What happens when couples have sex? Women get pregnant. It’s simple biology.
Remember, though, that in the 1960s, women did not have equal rights to work, and single moms did not receive child support from their children’s father, if they knew who the father was.
Gut check: When you read “if she knew who the father was,” did you begin judging her? Remember that promiscuity applies to both women and men. The men with whom she had sex probably had multiple sex partners and may have been happy to be anonymous. We need to acknowledge that both women and men participate in extramarital sex, so we either judge both of them or leave the judging for God.
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged.”Jesus in Matthew 7:1
In the 1960s, my mom was in her 20s. My parents were married, and my dad was finishing his degree, so my mom’s income was their main income. She worked for an upscale department store but couldn’t be promoted to management because she was married and had two children at home (my sister and brother).
Mom became pregnant with me in early 1969, months before my dad finished his degree. By this time, she worked for the church and worked only through her first trimester “because that’s the way it was back then.”
In the 1970s, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the ACLU went to court trying case-after-case, resulting in women’s equal rights to work. Watch the 2019 movie “On the Basis of Sex, ” which is a snapshot of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life. It’s a good reminder of what life was like for women in the 1970s. While watching, remember that Roe v Wade was decided January 22, 1973.
When the feminist movement changed from being pro-life to pro-choice, women thought abortion would be rare but necessary so that women were not left destitute because they couldn’t work and they couldn’t insist that the baby’s father support them and their children. Allowing abortion seemed the fair thing to do for women. (See “When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense” by Frederica Matthewes-Green.)
The Woman Caught in Adultery
Jesus Saves a Woman from Injustice
Why do we call this Bible story “The Woman Caught in Adultery”? Jesus did not give it that title. The Apostle John, who wrote that gospel, did not give it that title. In truth, an editor wrote that title.
Well, I’m an editor, and I propose a new title:
“Jesus Saves a Woman from Injustice”
Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.Amos 5:24
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Start a Conversation
You can open up conversations with those who disagree with you about abortion by acknowledging their feelings—right now—about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Perhaps that will lead to a loving conversation about how the pro-choice movement seeks justice for women whereas the pro-life movement seeks justice for pre-born babies and women.
This morning, I was in Washington, D.C. praying, which has become my Sunday morning routine. My prayer was something like this:
Father, our just and merciful judge, thank You for this opportunity to restore Your justice to the Supreme Court and to return law-making to Congress.
Send peace and calm, Father, across these United States as we follow our process of appointing a just Judge to the vacant seat.
Lord, pave the way for the Godly, pro-life women whom You have qualified for this seat, for who better to overturn Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton than women.
Standing firmly in Jesus’ name, Amen!