Similarly, Gallup’s data shows that approval of abortion has held steady for the past 12 years at 42%. Although this is much higher than it would have been fifty years ago, it is unclear what will happen now. Technology which wasn’t available at the time of the Roe v. Wade decision—such as three dimensional ultrasounds—has changed the debate over when a human life deserves human rights.
In fact, in January of this year, Time Magazine ran a cover story to mark the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade that declared that abortion-activists have been “losing ever since” the landmark decision. They cite data such as waning public support for abortion among younger Americans and the fact that a larger percentage of the population considers themselves pro-life than pro-choice.
How will public opinion of the moral acceptability of homosexuality change in the next several generations? It is impossible to say for sure, but it would be foolish to assume that acceptance will only grow from this point. Despite resistance from enforcers of the prevailing politically correct view, data is beginning to emerge on the struggles of children raised by gay parents. The New York Times recently ran a touching piece by a gay adoptive father discussing the deep longing that his children feel for a mother in their lives. He notes that there are two main arguments for gay parenting; first, that homosexual parenting is a basic human right; and second, that there is no evidence that homosexuals do not make comparable parents to heterosexuals. He then draws attention to what has been missing from the discussion:
“[My daughter’s] awareness of being a motherless child is not addressed. I don’t want to appropriate our child’s voice, but I want to speak up for her, and her older brother, and I want to acknowledge their feelings…When [the mother] is not physically there, she is — as we know from many accounts of adult adoptees — still present in dreams, fantasies, longings and worries.”
Growing approval of immorality does not change the consequences of immoral behavior. We have gone from a society where the overwhelming majority of children had both birth parents to care for them to a land where children are being raised by parents in all sorts of unstable romantic arrangements. In a few years, we will learn how they feel about the world we have given them.
We do not have to stand by and wait for the “inevitability” of moral decline in our nation. You have a voice in your family, workplace, neighborhood, circle of friends and the local church. Be sure your reputation is above reproof. And start a discussion that can open the eyes of others around you. History is in the making!
Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.