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Each week on Colson Center.org, BreakPoint Radio and BreakPoint.org, WorldviewChurch.org and other channels we publish a great deal of new content around a vital theme. The ReSeries, John Stonestreet's video commentary, is often (but not always) the cornerstone of the weekly theme.

Theme of the Week: Lessons to Learn

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Here we go: The Supreme Court is about to hand down rulings on two pivotal cases in the battle between advocates of traditional marriage and homosexual activists. If the Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act and California's more recent Proposition 8, the decision will likely be hailed as the final nail in the coffin of those who believe marriage is a public union between one man and one woman. But as John Stonestreet points out in this week's edition of our "Re Series" video commentaries, people said the same thing about the abortion debate in 1973 after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Roe v. Wade. Back then, the fight was seen as over. Opponents of legalized abortion had lost, we were told, and a new constitutional right had been enshrined in American law. Soon culture, spearheaded by a new, progressive generation would follow, and abortion would become as American as cherry pie.

Re_May9Forty years later, the country looks nothing like pro-choice prognosticators crowed it would following Roe. Today, more Americans describe themselves as "pro-life" than at any other time since 1973, and the younger generation is leading the way. Pregnancy care centers now outnumber abortion clinics in the United States 4 to 1, state governments have passed countless restrictions, especially on late-term abortions, the nation's largest abortion providers have come under heavy fire, and under-cover investigations continue to erode public trust in and tolerance for the country's abortion industry. Perhaps most notably, the chilling case of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist who was convicted this week for murdering at least one woman and two babies born during botched abortions, has broken on the public consciousness with devastating force. The pro-life movement continues to grow and gain in vibrancy and passion, while the pro-choice movement deteriorates and ages every day (as prominent pro-choice activists have lamented).

This generational shift in momentum on the abortion issue ought to remind us that even if we seem to be losing the battle over marriage right now, the war may be just beginning. Culture is malleable, and eventually the most persistent, winsome and passionate voices will shape it in meaningful ways. But more importantly, those of us pushing against a seemingly inevitable tide of public will to redefine marriage should ask ourselves: What has the pro-life movement done which we ought to emulate?

According to John Stonestreet, the pro-life movement has shown a willingness to adapt its presentation, to commit to long-haul efforts, to back up its rhetoric with positive social action, and most importantly to refuse the political illusion, which sees legislation and judicial decisions as quick fixes to a mythology which runs deep in our culture. Rebuilding a culture of life, says John, is what has led to so many encouraging victories for life on the political front. The dwindling movement to preserve marriage must become a renewed movement to rebuild a culture of marriage.

Only if we're willing to take a lesson from the now meteoric pro-life movement can marriage advocates hope to turn the bitterness of defeat today into a hope of victory for tomorrow. But we have the assurance of knowing that Truth is on our side, because neither the sanctity of life nor marriage are functions of public opinion, but of Divine decree. We will strive to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) and leave the result in His hands. Regardless of what happens in Washington at the end of this month, we must remain faithful. Because that's what's right, and what it means to be a Christian.


Explore This Week's Theme

ReSeries_Icon_small Christians might be delusional when it comes to the issue of marriage and the culture. John Stonestreet tells us how we should rethink the whole issue. >>Watch now.
TalkingPoints In his most recent Talking Points, T. M. Moore wonders aloud why, when it comes to the debate over marriage, Christians are so often reticent to employ the most powerful tool God has ordained for converting hearts and minds: Scripture. It's not off-limits, he says. >>Read more.
BreakPoint_Daily_Commentary_Generic Eric Metaxas contents that one of the biggest reasons for the growing success of the pro-life movement is its willingness to reveal the pro-choice rallying cry of "women's choice" for what it really is: an excuse to take a child's life in the name of convenience. >>Read more
point_ad_image John Stonestreet raises tough questions about a new movement in evangelical Christianity which seeks to follow Christ's example through rejecting mundane faithfulness in favor of radical discipleship. >>Read more.
BPTW_icon_small John Stonestreet interviews Kirsten Powers and Lila Rose about the recent trial of Kermit Gosnell and revelations of the "Inhuman" undercover video series. >>Read more.




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