“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us…For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
Romans 8:18, 26 (ESV)
After watching the Planned Parenthood video that has (finally) picked up speed on social media, I have a hard time even sitting down and pushing back my feelings to write. The different colors of emotions cannot begin to be expressed—anger, longing, sadness. I’m putting my hands on my head, lost for words, part of me trying to describe it and part of me trying to hold myself back.
When confronted with such large-scale sinfulness, we need to be biblically sensitive and more proactive than ever. At risk of sounding like I’m on a pent-up, hopeless tirade, I’m absolving my responsibility as a writer. I think part of being a good writer is knowing when not to say anything at all, so to avoid being noisy, clanging, and knee-jerking, I’m merely going to share some of the comfort I have found in Scripture over the last few days (and hopefully nothing more or less).
As Paul wrote in Romans, the Spirit intercedes for us with, “groanings too deep for words.” Earthly comfort is fleeting. A lawsuit loses its shine in a few years. As one organization shuts down, another opens up. No kind of social justice, legal action, or bad PR can bring back the fifty-five million babies that have been killed in America since 1973. But rest assured, those babies are not forgotten by the Creator God who justly reigns over all things and punishes sin in due time, for He will not be mocked or reviled.
I'm praying, though I can't find the words. I'm speaking, though I'm struggling to capture the depths of my emotions. The Spirit will surely intercede for us when we can't find the right things to say, or we can't find comfort. Rest in the accomplished work of Christ, knowing justice is coming for the innocent.
To Him be the glory and honor and power forever, Amen.
Cody Glen Barnhart
Cody Glen Barnhart (@codygbarnhart) lives in Kansas City, Missouri, and is a student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Canon & Culture, Gospel Centered Discipleship, and is a contributor at servantsofgrace.org.