August 8, 2018 marks the 23rd anniversary of the water baptism of Norma McCorvey in a Garland, Texas swimming pool. She was baptized by an Evangelical minister Philip (Flip) Benham who today leads a pro-life organization called Operation Save America.
For those who don’t know, Norma McCorvey was the woman involved in Roe vs Wade, the infamous 1973 Supreme Court case that ruled it was illegal to criminalize abortion, opening the door for unimpeded abortions across the US.
She came from a rough family. Her mother was an alcoholic and her father abandoned the family.
In 1969, Norma McCorvey, who was living in Dallas, Texas, was 21 years old and pregnant with her third child. She wanted an abortion which was illegal. Her friends recommended that she claim the pregnancy was due to rape, one of the rare exceptions that many states allowed for abortion. However, since she had not filed a police report that was ruled out.
McCorvey was eventually told about two lawyers who were willing to take on her case. Using the pseudonym Jane Roe, McCorvey’s court case eventually wound its way to the US Supreme Court. where she won the right to have an abortion.
However, McCorvey ended up having her baby before the Supreme Court decision came down and gave up her child for adoption. This disproves one of the big lies promoted by the abortion industry that the child is unwanted. There are thousands of couples “wanting” to adopt because they are unable to have children on their own.
But then came the remarkable transformation. Two decades later, McCorvey became a Christian. According to an article in the New York Times, it started when Operation Rescue, an anti-abortion organization that Rev. Benham worked at that time, moved its head office near an abortion clinic where McCorvey was working.
Over time, Benham and McCorvey developed a friendship that eventually led to her believing on Christ and becoming a Christian.
In 1995 McCorvey quit working at the pro-choice clinic. She was also previously involved in a lesbian relationship. McCorvey who later joined the Catholic church eventually ended up working for an anti-abortion organization before her death in February, 2017 from heart failure.
So the woman who was the symbol for the abortion movement became an anti-abortion campaigner.
In an interview with New York’s WBAP radio McCorvey stated “I’m pro-life, I think I have always been pro-life and just didn’t know it.”
But this is not the only time we read of a noteworthy conversion. The Bible records several, but perhaps the most intriguing involved the leader of one of the most powerful nations in the ancient world.
In Daniel we read the testimony of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar:
4 King Nebuchadnezzar,
To the nations and peoples of every language, who live in all the earth:
May you prosper greatly!
2 It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.
3 How great are his signs,
how mighty his wonders!
His kingdom is an eternal kingdom;
his dominion endures from generation to generation.
4 I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace, contented and prosperous. 5 I had a dream that made me afraid. As I was lying in bed, the images and visions that passed through my mind terrified me.
As we read this incredible testimony of the King’s acceptance of Jehovah, the first thing we notice is that it is written in the first person. Some believe it was an actual statement issued by the King himself that was inserted verbatim into the Book of Daniel.
We know from the first chapter, that Daniel was trained in a university set up in Babylon.
Archaeological records tell us that the Babylonian government took the brightest and youngest of its boys aged 15 and put them into a three-year course similar to many universities today. The Babylonians taught these boys multiple topics including math and astronomy.
We also know they trained boys captured during conquests of other nations which is what happened to Daniel and his friends.
Notice how Daniel says that they were not only taught the Babylonian language, but were also trained in the Babylonian literature meaning they had access to the Babylonian libraries and records:
3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— 4 young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well-informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. (Daniel 1:3-4 NIV)
So when Nebuchadnezzar released this remarkable proclamation acknowledging the Jewish God, Daniel simply included it in his book. So it seems part of our Bible was written by King Nebuchadnezzar heralding a surprising conversion.
- This week in Christian history: “Roe” gets baptized; Shakers come to America; Martin Luther fore dies: Christian Post
- ‘Jane Roe’ joins anti-abortion group: New York Times
- Norma McCorvey Obituary: The Guardian