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With Liberty and Justice for All

Updated: Jul 9

"I pledge allegiance to the flag

of the United States of America

and to the Republic for which it stands

one nation under God indivisible

with liberty and justice for all."

(Pledge of Allegiance)

What is justice?

According to Webster's dictionary, justice is impartial. It is morally right and good based on what someone deserves. Justice is doing what is fair.

Children who are aborted are orphans abandoned by their fathers to protect them. It isn't fair. These children - these orphans - do not deserve to be put to death. This is an unjust thing that we do. This is not "liberty and justice for all" because our tiniest infants are excluded.

What does God say about justice?

"Woe to those who enact unjust statutes

and issue oppressive decrees,

to deprive the poor of fair treatment

and withhold justice from the oppressed of My people,

to make widows their prey

and orphans their plunder.

What will you do on the day of reckoning

when devastation comes from afar?

To whom will you flee for help?

Where will you leave your wealth?

Nothing will remain but to crouch among the captives

or fall among the slain.

Despite all this, His anger is not turned away;

His hand is still upraised."

(Isaiah 10:1-3)

Abortionists prey on women who do not have a husband protecting them. These mothers are in-effect "widows". These children who do not have fathers to protect them are effectively "orphans". Abortionists make these orphans their "plunder". God judges his own people for this behavior.

"When you spread out your hands in prayer,

I will hide My eyes from you;

even though you multiply your prayers,

I will not listen.

Your hands are covered with blood.

Wash and cleanse yourselves.

Remove your evil deeds from My sight.

Stop doing evil!

Learn to do right;

seek justice and correct the oppressor.

Defend the fatherless

and plead the case of the widow.”

(Isaiah 1:15-17)

God says He's not listening to the prayers of His people because our hands are covered with blood. I think of the abortionist and the mother who chemically takes away the life of her child whose hands are literally covered in blood. God says to remove these evil deeds and learn to do what's right. He commands us to "seek justice and correct the oppressor." We are not to go about our daily life ignoring the plight of the fatherless or the widow. We are to defend them and speak up for what is right and fair on their behalf.

“Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.”  (Deuteronomy 27:19)

Justice is so important to God that He actually pronounces a curse against anyone who withholds justice from the least powerful in society, those who cannot demand justice for themselves - those who are abandoned by their fathers, who do not have husbands, and those who are strangers.


"This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place. (Jeremiah 22:3)

These mothers are being robbed of their children and the payment being received to kill their children. Abortion is violence against the youngest in our society as sharp instruments pull the child into pieces limb from limb, heart from chest, and brain from body to crush them.

This excruciatingly painful torture of a child to take away their only life is not just. It is not fair. The loss of life to the child who has done nothing wrong and does not deserve to be killed depends on us to rescue them from their oppressor. We are called by God to rescue these children from the wrong and violence against them.

"Do not deprive the foreigner or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge." (Deuteronomy 24:17)

God says not to take something from a widow in exchange for a pledge. Abortionists take money from these abandoned mothers in exchange for their children. These children are not "non-human" or "un-alive", but fully human and alive! These children feel their lives being taken from them. They feel the pain. They feel the rejection when all they want is to feel the joy of love.

How long will you judge unjustly

and show partiality to the wicked? Selah

Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless;

uphold the rights of the afflicted and oppressed.

Rescue the weak and needy;

save them from the hand of the wicked."

(Psalm 82:2-4)

What is more wicked than taking the life of an innocent child? We must stop showing partiality to the wicked. Children are innocent. We must defend the cause of the weak and fatherless, the child in the womb. We are commanded to uphold their rights, beginning with their most basic right to live. The weak and the fatherless need us to defend them.

How many times must God tell us this in Scripture, yet there are many more verses than this where God makes very clear what He expects of us concerning these children and their mothers.

Much like our nation, Israel was facing judgement for participating in the idolatry of child sacrifice. Like the Israelites, God is calling us to repentance. The rest of Isaiah 1 reads:

“Come now, let us reason together,”

says the LORD.

“Though your sins are like scarlet,

they will be as white as snow;

though they are as red as crimson,

they will become like wool.

If you are willing and obedient,

you will eat the best of the land.

But if you resist and rebel,

you will be devoured by the sword.”

For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

Will we be obedient to God to enact justice on behalf of the widows and orphans of our day? Will we speak up for them and rescue them? Or will we resist and rebel and suffer for it?

We know from the New Testament that "Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." (James 1:27)

We have unjust laws. Our laws and our courts are not protecting these children. We need to repent - turn away from - the blood on our hands, so the Lord will hear our prayers. We are called to consider the plight of the widows and orphans to do everything we can to create just and fair laws that truly uphold "liberty and justice for all".

Faye Barnhart is a life-affirming specialist, women's advocate, and Co-Proponent of the Colorado Life Initiative. She raised her children as a single parent and is now married with an adopted special needs son and enjoys each of her grandchildren, including a grandbaby who needed life-saving surgery at birth. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior and Lord as a small child.

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