I was in my late teens or early twenties when I realized that one of the things I really admired and lacked in my life was wisdom. I was a bit of a spontaneous, happy-go-lucky type of guy. Sometimes that’s a good thing. But I realized early on that the people that I admired most in my life were the people that I considered to be wise moral leaders.
I had a mentor by the name of Craig Bowen. I admired him then and admire him to this day. I loved his biblical acumen and his ability to bring the Bible to bear on almost any circumstance in a morally decisive way. I began to pray for wisdom in those days and sometimes God takes a lifetime to answer prayer. Hopefully he is still doing that to me and will continue to.
As I say all this, I was thinking about Solomon in all the wisdom that he had, all the things that Solomon had in his possession or had access to were pretty amazing. He had wealth, he had kingship, he had political power, he had influence, and when God offered him the ability to ask for anything in the world, he asked for one thing. That one thing he asked for, very famously, was wisdom.
Let me read to you just a small portion from 1 Kings 3:3-10, “Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness and in uprightness of heart toward you.
And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted in multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern your great people?”
With this sign of humility and realizing that he had a tremendous responsibility that he did not want to fail on, it pleased the Lord that Solomon asked for this. So God gave him wisdom and, of course, many other gifts, specifically because he was so pleased that Solomon did not just ask for selfish things.
I have always looked up to and admired people of great moral clarity. Last night I was at an event for a legislator who was being praised for his moral compass and his resolve not to give up. He was praised because he voted his conscience even when it resulted in hate mail coming into his email box the next day. People look up to and respect that. It’s a rare quality.
I say all of this because of the great admiration and respect I have for Passion Life’s President, John Ensor. I count it a privilege to call John my friend. I count a double honor that I get to work with him as a colleague day in and day out. One of the things that I respect most about John Ensor is his moral clarity. When I say moral clarity, I mean that John has a unique gift to take any situation in my mind, whether it be a complex situation or a simple one, cut through the complexity of it to the core of the issue and to bring biblical wisdom to bear in a clear and concise way. I find it a gift. I find it admirable, and I do not know very many people, if any, in my life with the moral clarity that John Enor possesses.
John has just been recognized in a book that is being published by the Florida Family Policy Council and John Steinberger called Legacy of Life. In this book, they highlight the 50 greatest pro-life leaders of all time. Of course, we are now at the point of celebrating the one year anniversary of the Dobbs decision the Supreme Court made which overturned Roe v. Wade. That was a decision that should have been overturned long ago. Even Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was a feminist and pro-choice advocate, thought it would fall and thought it should fall because it was not a well decided law. A year ago, that decision, of course, was overturned. We praise God for that.
In recognition of this event, Family Florida Po. Florida Family Policy Council is releasing this Legacy of Life book highlighting 50 great pro-life leaders who have contributed over the last 50 years to a culture of life that has led to the overturn of Roe v. Wade. You will find alongside John Ensor others who are being highlighted for their efforts, such as Senator Marco Rubio, who is well known for his pro-life legislation and activism in American politics. You will find Ben Shapiro from The Daily Wire, a Harvard lawyer and a political commentator who is well known. You will find Alveda King, who is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and she is a pro-life advocate and activist. She is the founder of Speak For Life. You will find Albert Mohler. Al Mohler hosts the popular podcast The Briefing. He is also the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Association and Seminary. You will find Robert George. Dr. Robert George is a McCormick professor at Princeton University and a legal scholar. You will find Star Parker. Star Parker is a well-known syndicated columnist and pro-life advocate, as well as TV host herself.
This is the company in which John finds himself as he is being recognized alongside these people and others as one of the 50 greatest pro-life leaders of our lifetime and of the Roe v. Wade generation. John chose me to be the executive director of Passion Life. In a technical sense, John is my boss, but I am not saying what I am about to say because I feel beholden to him in any way. I mean, what I am about to say from my heart. John deserves to be on this list. John Ensor deserves to be in this company and he deserves to be recognized for his relentless 34 plus years of pro-life activism and leadership. And above all, his moral clarity which shows his ability to bring the biblical principles regarding life and ethics into what many regard as a labyrinth of complex, ethical issues that surround abortion.
John is a leader because he has established a curriculum that is reaching millions of people around the globe through the work of Passion Life. In this ethical curriculum that John has written called The Four Questions along with all of his books, he demonstrates his abilities as a leader of moral courage and moral clarity, and I thank God that he is being recognized in this book, Legacy of Life.
You can request your copy at passionlife.org. We hope that you will do just that and read the contribution that John has made to this book. We ask that you will continue to sign up for our newsletters and pray for us and support us financially in the work that we do. This is God’s way of bringing John’s moral clarity, which God invested in John, to the nations, to the places where the abortion rates are higher than they are even in America.
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