He gives two points regarding God's sovereignty and how we should view it.
1) The fact that God ordains all things (i.e., his secret will) has a limited effect on our decision making. It can't prescribe how we act, but it can prevent us from having the wrong perspective (e.g., anxiety, fear, despair, misplaced trust, etc.). But in terms of interpreting events, the main way to read providence is backwards (as John Flavel wrote: "Some providences, like Hebrew letters, must be read backward").He then adds this helpful summary from The Knights of Columbus on the the preservation of life regarding abortion since 1973:
(2) The fact that God ordains means ensures that our actions have significance. The ordained outcome can never be seen as an excuse for complacency or fatalism.
- The Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal funding for abortions;
- The federal law banning partial birth abortions, which was finally upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in April 2007;
- The “Mexico City Policy,” which has barred the use of federal taxpayers’ money to pay for abortions in other countries;
- Laws in 44 states that preserve a parental role when children under 18 seek abortions;
- Laws in 40 states that restrict late-term abortions;
- Laws in 46 states that protect the right of conscience for individual health care providers;
- Laws in 27 states that protect the right of conscience for institutions;
- Laws in 38 states that ban partial birth abortions;
- Laws in 33 states that require counseling before having an abortion;
- And laws in 16 states that provide for ultrasounds before an abortion.