The Parable of the Wicked Judge
I was recently interviewed by a prominent radio talk show host on why we continued to battle the evil of abortion, why we persevered in the face of a wealthy abortion industry and so much apathy within the religious and political communities.
I told him that much of what drives me, even against steep odds, is the certain knowledge of abortion and the wreckage it leaves behind. These are real lives we’re battling for – and not just the lives of babies in the womb.
But I’ll admit that I was a little pricked by the question. There are days when it doesn’t seem that we are making much headway against such well-financed opponents as Planned Parenthood.
During my daily devotions recently, I re-read a parable from the Gospel of Luke. To tell you the truth I have often wondered about this parable. It is the story of the widow who goes repeatedly to the hard-hearted judge, begging him for justice. The judge does not care about God or his neighbors. After repeated pleas, the judge finally relents. He says to himself, “Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming.”
There is certainly a lesson for the pro-Life community in this parable.
The status of widows in ancient Israel was not great. They were among the most vulnerable and socially weak of the community. For the most part, they had no legal status. At many levels, I can relate to this position. After all, we represent people (preborn children) with no money, no political power, and no legal position.
And certainly most of the people we petition – judges, politicians and even church leaders – are not particularly moved by the plight of preborn children. Yet there is encouragement here: the powerless widow finally obtains justice out of pure tenacity!
So if we are faithful, we can hope for victory even at the hands of those who don’t appreciate the sanctity of human life.