It is the greatest human rights abuse of our time. Its implications affect families, public health and government. It calls into question our very humanity.
Yet many churches have neglected it. They see it as a divisive issue and believe that churches should be about unity and harmony, not division. They believe Christians should “Seek to live at peace with every man,” to “Love our neighbors,” and to remember that “Blessed are the meek.”
But what is the line between loving and enabling? Between “peace” and complacency? Between meekness and silence? And, most importantly, what is the role of truth?
For 45 years, the barbaric procedure of abortion which dismembers unborn humans in the womb has been ignored by those too afraid to engage in a divisive issue. Why? Abortion is offensive. But so was slavery. However, everyone today agrees that outlawing slavery was the right thing to do. Everyone today agrees that owning another human being as “property” is morally wrong. Everyone agrees that despite the so-called “economic benefit” for owning slaves, it is morally unacceptable, and no civil society should allow it.
Yet, like slavery, abortion gives the strong power over the weak.
Like slavery, abortion denies rights to those whose voices are deemed inconvenient.
Like slavery, abortion denies the personhood of another human being, claiming them as “property.” “My body, my choice” essentially means “My body, my property.” Think about that.
Like slavery, abortion continues to remain legal because people have difficulty seeing what life might be like without it. The question of the past, “How will we run our farms without slaves?” mirrors the modern question, “How will we live our lives without abortion?”
Like most of life’s questions, the question of abortion has a simple answer with complicated implications. Science reveals that the child in the womb is a separate, individual human being with a heartbeat and unique DNA. The complicated implication of this simple reality means a changed perspective on sexuality. It means that sex carries the weight of responsibility. It means that sex is never “free” if by “free” this means no consequences.
Yet the human heart already knows this. It knows that in sex, something significant has just happened between two people. Yet the culture attempts to convince people that sex is as inconsequential as brushing your teeth…and that neglecting “safe” sex (like not brushing your teeth) might result in a cavity. The culture claims that whether pregnancy or cavity, you just take care of it. And you’re good.
Yet many women face physical and psychological ramifications following an abortion. Whether it is increased substance abuse, increased suicide risk, or complications in subsequent pregnancies, the suffering of women reveals that abortion is not just “taking care of it,” but in fact it causes harm, both to the woman and the baby.
Ultimately, slavery ended because of the law, not because everyone’s hearts had changed. However, some today, hope that abortion will disappear because every heart in America will see the truth. They hope that abortion will end on a social level, not on a political or legal level. However, abortion became legal because of the law. It will end because of the law. This means that those who support the right to life, must do so politically…for that is how laws are made. People who support life must vote for those who support life.
Many in the church have begun to support “social justice” to the exclusion of true justice for the unborn. In doing so, they make a grave mistake.
Proverbs 24: 11-12 exhorts us:
“11 Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?” (NIV).
This is why the church cannot stay silent, sit out, or retreat from voting pro-life. It is a responsibility, an obligation, in truth, a moral requirement.
Ultimately, “What is a human?” is not a political question, but a moral one. This question is answered by God: Humans are created by God in His image and therefore possess infinite value, worth and dignity. In a culture asking this question, the church should have the courage to answer it.
If you or someone you love is hurting from an abortion, you are not alone. Please reach out for help and hope from those who understand:
Also published on Patriot Post, November 1, 2018.
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With the 2018 midterms approaching—and already underway in some states–it is time to examine what this election is really about. Most elections center around policy issues: healthcare, the economy or immigration.
This election does not.
This election has nothing to do with policy and everything to do with principle. The tumultuous confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court revealed a stalwart partisanship of the Democrats, who-–all except one—stood as a blockade against a good man. They relinquished basic legal principles such as “innocent until proven guilty” and “beyond a reasonable doubt” to produce a smear campaign against a man whom they perceived would threaten their power wielded through the Supreme Court. What Leftists cannot accomplish through representative government, they force through activist judges who manipulate the Constitution for political gain.
Judge Kavanaugh makes decisions according to the Constitution, not political persuasions. This is how it should be. This is equitable and fair. Yet, a Justice committed to the Constitution and not the whims of Leftist orthodoxy compromises their hold of power.
Their response? Intimidation, protesters, screamers. A resistance campaign much of which was bought and paid for by Leftist groups and donors. Rather than representing “We the People,” paying agitators creates an oligarchy—a rule by the wealthy elitists.
Moreover, the likes of Maxine Waters have encouraged violence, protests, and intimidation by calling for #resist people to harass anyone associated with the Trump administration. She stated,
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
This hatred of those who simply disagree with you is the definition of bigotry, hatred and intolerance. No other sector would tolerate this type of intimidation and bullying. To put this into context, what if the two teams who competed for the Super Bowl title earlier this year had used the same intimidation tactics? What if Philadelphia Eagles fans were told to harass, protest and make a scene if they saw a New England Patriots fan? What if the players for the Eagles harassed the kids of Patriot team members? Or shouted at them on the street? Or ran their families out of restaurants?
This would be unacceptable and an outrage. Yet, it is “justified” and “acceptable” in the political context. Is this right?
Additionally, Hillary Clinton claims that Democrats cannot be civil until they have power. But if civility depends upon power, wouldn’t Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Tito and Mussolini have stopped their violent pursuit of control once they achieved it?
The reality is this: when people claim to stop the violence after they “get there,” there is no end. Why? Because freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of conscience always seem to get in the way. As long as there is freedom, there will be people who have divergent thoughts. Leftist orthodoxy cannot handle divergent thoughts because it compromises their desire for ideological conformity. This is why college campuses have limited free speech to particular “zones.” The totalitarian blueprint of the modern university which censors free thought is the future of America if we don’t speak up and if we don’t stand against those who seek to intimidate us.
It will always be easier to “do as you are told,” and to live in such a way that the mob doesn’t harass your home, your work, or your children’s school. But this is the goal of all who use intimidation tactics. Their tactics are meant to silence opposition.
Watching the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, it became clear that the November vote has less to do with the economy and healthcare, and more to do with the answer to one basic question: what kind of society do we want to be?
Do we want a society that interrupts, obstructs and intimidates our judicial process, or do we want a society that respects our laws, that listens and that debates?
These are two visions of America: Rule of law, or rule by lawlessness. Rule by representative government or by protesters. Rule by “We the People” or rule by the mob.
May we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
Coming to a neighborhood near you, if we don’t do something about it:
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Also published on Patriot Post, October 18, 2018.