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I remember it like it was last week. The Sunday started just like any other Sunday. I went up early to turn on the lights and make sure the heat was on like I always do. As the morning moved along, we had a great time of worship through song. Someone prayed and I moved towards the pulpit and looked out over the congregation. I was eager to see how God was going to move that day. The sermon was from Matthew 12, about the dangers of an empty heart. If we don’t fill our hearts with Jesus, they will be filled with something else. After the sermon, I gave an invitation and a few people came down to pray. I gave a few closing announcements, and the service was over. Some people hung around to talk about Christmas decorations, or plans for lunch or whatever was on their mind. There were no tears of repentance, there was no great movement of God. People worshipped God through song, through the study of His Word, and through fellowship with other believers. That Sunday, in every sense of the word, was just another ordinary Sunday.
Leadership is most dangerous when it ceases to be humbling, when success comes to the leader. When a leader starts to thrive, when the Lord grants success, or when things go better than planned, the leader can easily drift toward pride.
And pride always precedes a downfall.
When I talk to kids in schools, I tell them about how I became a writer. I talk about myself as a child and how my father left the family when I was very young. Four years ago, I was in South Dakota, in this massive auditorium, talking to 900 kids, and I did what I always do: I told them about being sick all the time as a kid and about my father leaving. And then I talked to them about wanting to write. I talked to them about persisting.
Many pro-choice advocates, observing this pattern, have claimed the moral high ground in the abortion debate. While our conversations about abortion should consider the humanity and rights of the unborn child, pro-choice advocates have instead turned the conversation entirely to the question of women’s choice and rights—even staging Handmaid’s Tale-inspired protests to reinforce their argument. They point to Trump, Murphy, and Moore, and then tell America, “See? These men have never really cared about the unborn. They care about taking away a woman’s voice and choice.”
I’ve feared that, if these tendencies persist, many Americans—especially swing voters and young people—could turn away from the pro-life cause. But perhaps there is a way we can prevent that.
A favorite from the archives:
But that doesn’t mean we need to be resigned to this fact. All of us, whether we voted, chose not to, or are ineligible to vote, have a part to play going forward, especially those of us in the Christian community. That is to pursue the good of our neighbors. And that, always, starts with prayer.