There are enumerable battles to fight in today’s culture with so much goodness, truth and beauty now under attack.

These struggles play out in our homes, churches, schools and wider communities. We fight for marriage, parental authority, children’s innocence, the rights of the unborn to live and breathe, religious liberty, free speech and so much more.

Sometimes we realize the sweet taste of victory, when bad policy is thwarted or good legislation enacted. On occasion we see inspiring men and women courageously stand in the gap as brilliant shining lights that inspire and motivate others to follow suit. There are also untold acts of kindness, generosity and genuine love that occur far from the spotlight every day.

But there are painful defeats as well, when we are tempted to despair.

We must not!

Today’s article about 40 Days for Life includes an arresting talk by a young woman from Palmer who urged Alaskans to take time to physically pray outside the Planned Parenthood abortion mill in Anchorage.

She admitted that not all babies will be saved through prayer vigils, but that we must – even in the face of death – maintain a consistent witness and solidarity with those who suffer at the hands of evil. She asked us to consider setting aside a few hours to pray as desperate young women go to have their babies killed by an abortionist.

“…we may not be able to save all these babies, but we can pray and be with them when they die, until the day God finally rids us of this evil.”

This is true of all our efforts to dispel the effects of evil and darkness in the world. We will not win every battle, but we can always be a powerful force and compelling public witness against the dying of the light.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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EDITORIAL: We cannot win every battle…

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    This is a great and now days courageous effort on those that go to participate in this vigil. I’ll pray that nothing happens to them for doing this. In today’s world the liberals seem to think they can do or say anything and they will get away with it. A good example is the scam as Trump would say of January 6th, 2020. Those people arrested by our laws say they entitled to a fast speedy trail and to this day most have not been charged yet alone seen a courtroom. This is totally wrong. Why don’t they get released until their charged and go to court? Our system is in place but nobody has balls enough to back it or do what’s right. Obama wanted to be a dictator but Groper Joe took his place. It’s WRONG people and we need to stand up for those unlawfully detained.
    GOD BLESS all these people!

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    I’m not sure winning is the real goal? Honestly I don’t know what we’re trying to achieve?!
    Where there is no vision the people parish

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Joel, what a good message today! Thank you for the reminder! Listening to LT with “And We Know” at He was saying the same thing today that we lose some, but we win others, that we might not get what we ask for right now because this is not the time. God is good and he truly does love each and everyone of us. LT’s rumble link:

  • Independent Observer says:

    Remember that the battle is not ours to win, only to fight as the Lord uses us to be instruments of light. Christ did not come to seek and save cultures, but the lost. And that He does using us to share His gospel of the Kingdom. We focus on the things He gives us and we try and take possession of them to make them ours, but they are His, as all of us who are called by His name are. The gospel is good enough to save the lives of everyone who calls on the name of the Lord. We can’t save them, only show them Who loved them enough to die to save them. God is sovereign and will prevail.

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Great thoughts io . Some important thoughts though in regards to the sovereignty of God. We people love to comfort ourselves with resolution. Heavy emphasis on Gods sovereignty can and I think does create in us a safety net attitude. Which then over time translates into our roles being minimised ! Proof of this is all around us at present. “Sleeping giant “ otherwise known as the church!

    • Blaine in Camelot says:

      Why doesn’t the omniscient and omnipotent god end abortions?

      • Hans Litten says:

        A fair question. Let’s ask a few more.

        Why would a loving God ask Abraham to kill his own son?
        Why would a loving God allow pedophilia to exist in His/Her creation?
        Why would a loving God allow war, starvation, disease, hatred, and crime to pervade His society?
        Why would a loving God the Father decide to kill his own son, and in such a cruel and excruciating manner?
        Why would a loving God allow religions to exist which purportedly condemn their adherents to eternal damnation?
        Why would a loving God allow nuclear weapons to be created, thereby providing His creation with the means to self destruct?
        And why would a loving God allow sin to exist in the world to begin with?
        Indeed, the Lord works in mysterious ways. Yeah, that platitude should satisfy everyone. If we say it loud and often enough, maybe they’ll stop asking such questions.
        There’s a lot of good to say about religion, but the theologies that they expect people to believe are pure rubbish. And the pious wonder why religion is on decline in the country.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Blaine, it sounds like you and Hans Litten need to attend some bible studies to help you learn about our loving Heavenly Father. It is never to late to learn about our Heavenly Father and ask for his loving guidance to help you navigate these times.

  • Hans Litten says:

    To the Editor and Author: Readers would like to know if there are any circumstances under which you would condone abortion. Please publish your position in detail.

    Yes or No:

    1) Rape
    2) Incest
    3) Threat to mother’s life
    4) Severe health issue with embryo

  • Bob Bird says:

    Dear Hans:
    To answer your question with a question: Please publish your answer in detail.
    Under what circumstances would you condone ripping a person’s arms and legs out of their sockets, that is 1 month, one, three, five, or ten years old, that was:
    1. Conceived in rape.
    2. Conceived in incest.
    3. A threat to the mother’s life — or “quality of life”.
    4. Had severe health issues.
    Insofar as prenatal life being a threat to a mother’s life, about the only two circumstances that exist are ectopic pregnancy and cancerous uterus, both of which are covered even under the strictest Catholic magisterial teaching, under the term “indirect abortion”. Any other reasons are rubbish, and take it from an ex-abortionist here:

  • Now We Are Two says:

    Hans Litten: Readers would like to know if there are any circumstances under which you would outlaw abortion. Please publish your position in detail. Yes or No:
    1) Baby full out and breathing, but cord not cut…you allow kill this human?
    2) Baby head out and breathing, but body inside…you allow me to strangle baby?
    3) Baby inside womb fully developed but mother not yet in labor?
    4) Your best description when a human being becomes a human being? Note any scientist would say at conception. What say you?

  • Mary says:

    At creation, a loving God chose to give us free will. If not we would be no more than mere robots, unable to love in return. If each and every person would only act as He asks us to do, “resist Satan and he will flee from you,” we would not be in this mess. He wants only what is best for us, but we resist Him at every step along the way

    • Blaine in Camelot says:

      Why doesn’t the omniscient and omnipotent god end abortions?

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        Blaine, your questions make me think that you really would like to partake in some bible studies. These studies would help you to find the answers to your questions and more. Yahweh is the Heavenly Father, God Almighty, Creator of ALL Creation, Omnipotent and Omniscient – he is not a “god.” The god of this world is Satan and I am sure that Satan is happy to see all of these abortions happen. God Almighty is not the source of all this evil. Adam and Eve were willfully disobedient to God by eating from the forbidden tree, and thus condemned mankind to sin, sickness, death, wars, injustices. Satan also implied that man would be better off if he did not listen to God. Later on during Job’s time, Satan challenged God by saying that he could turn any man away from serving God. I believe that we are seeing this challenge happening today. Some turn away from God’s word and others have faith and honor our Heavenly Father. Those who honor God’s word and are faithful to him will receive everlasting life. God’s day of judgement is coming and then he will destroy all of the wickedness and heal all of the faithful ones.