Asked about the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, a pastor from Auburn turned to the scriptures.
“I think this is a day of celebration for believers whose authority is the Word of God and not culture,” said Brian Payne, senior pastor of Lakeview Baptist Church. “Psalm 139 says, ‘You formed my inner parts. You knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am terribly and wonderfully made. Wonderful is your work.
“So it is God’s work to be conceived in the womb, and life begins at conception. It is not only the Bible that tells us this, but science tells us this and so we celebrate this victory.
Jennifer McCracken, children’s minister at Parkway Baptist Church in Auburn, also referenced the Bible to explain her views on the decision.
“Ephesians 2:10 says we are a living masterpiece,” she said. “We are not created by accident. And Scripture tells us that God created us and knew us before we were even born. I don’t think we have the power to decide whether or not we can take the life of an unborn child.
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She, too, called the decision a victory, but one that she hadn’t expected.
“I’m shocked this happened,” McCracken said. I really didn’t think it was going to be reversed. Finding out that is the case, I think is just a big win for pro-lifers and evangelicals in particular. You know, it’s the sanctity of life and believing that God created each of us and for a plan and a purpose and just the value of life being recognized.
Reverend Monsignor Michael L. Farmer of St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church in Auburn said the decision made him happy, “and I think most Catholics would be happy.”
“But we also understand very well that there still has to be … a conversion of people’s hearts on the issue and the moral issue of abortion,” Farmer continued. “So, indeed, we are happy with the decision. And we’ll just continue to do what we always do, which is to understand that reversal doesn’t necessarily mean reversing people’s views on abortion. So we must continue to pray for this.
Elijah Barnes, a member of the Living Word Christian Center worship team in Tuskegee, called the Supreme Court’s decision a “wise move.”
“I believe every person should have a chance, and I believe even a fetus should have a chance,” Barnes said. “Me being a Christian, of course, it’s in the Bible. It says in the Old Testament, specifically it talks about that life begins at conception. So once you have one life, it’s another human life you’re talking about. And for me, if human life is important for God, it should be for every Christian and every believer.
Brenda French, a resident of Beauregard and a volunteer at the Women’s Hope Medical Clinic in Auburn, said abortion should be left to each state, a view also shared by Payne and Barnes.
“I think it would be fabulous for states to have the power to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to abort in their state or not,” French said. “Fifteen weeks you can hear the heartbeat. You can say brain activity at 15 weeks, it’s even at 12 weeks. They then begin to form body parts. And so it’s important that we recognize that this is a real baby, not just a bunch of cells.