In the days of Elijah, the people of Israel were divided between commitment to the Lord and to the cult of Baal. Baal worship entailed intoxication, heterosexual and homosexual immorality, self-harm, and the human sacrifice of children. The prophet Elijah, even after his victory against 450 prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18), despaired for his people and his nation. He felt all alone. He felt like giving up. But the Lord God reassured him that there were still 7,000 in Israel who had neither bent the knee to Baal nor kissed him. There was reason for hope in Israel.
This Wednesday, January 22nd, pro-life Americans will march in Washington D.C., as they have for 40 years. The major news media will largely ignore this event, or perhaps mention the “thousands of abortion rights supporters and opponents” in a ten-second blurb (despite pro-lifers outnumbering the abortion supporters there literally on the order of 1,000 to 1.) Yet the estimated half-million people who will be marching down Constitution Avenue this week provide reason for hope for the future of our country and our culture.