Saturday, March 30, 2013
"In front of every abortion clinic, there needs to be a sign that reads, 'Here by permission of the church.' " -Francis Schaeffer
If you were walking down the street one day and saw a woman holding a gun to her toddler's head, what would you do? What if it was twenty of thirty women doing the same thing, about to kill their children right in front of you? Would you do anything? Of course you would! You would yell for them to stop, you would plead with them not to kill their children...you would be horror-stricken.
If you drove past an abortion clinic every day on your way to work, what would you do? Chances are you would keep driving, turning a blind eye and carrying on with your day. But why? Why are we so outraged and devastated when children are murdered in school shootings, and yet so tolerant of the fact that 3,500 unborn babies were thrown away like garbage today?
Maybe you consider yourself to be pro-life...that's great! But if you believe that abortion is murder, why does it not then disturb you the way the murder of born children does? If it did, you would probably be doing something about it. By something, I mean much more than voting pro-life or making donations to crisis pregnancy centers. I'm not saying those things are wrong, they're good too, but we could and should be doing what we as Christians are commanded to do in Proverbs 24 - "Rescue those being taken away to death;hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter."
Christians always seem to avoid talking about abortion, and if they do talk about it, they don't talk about doing something about it. Abortion is like a huge elephant in the room, not just standing there silently, but kicking and screaming and tearing people apart. I don't understand why we continuously close our eyes and act like it's not happening, other than because we don't want to offend anyone or make anyone uncomfortable. During the holocaust in Germany, churches near the train tracks sang hymns very loudly when they knew the cargo train of wailing Jews was soon to come. They didn't want to "offend" their church members, or have their congregation haunted by those desperate cries, so they drowned them out. And sadly, because of the fact that many women in our churches have had abortions, everyone is singing hymns at the top of their lungs so as not to see or hear about it. We can shut our eyes and sing as loud as we want, but there will always be a rabid elephant in the middle of the room until Christians get serious about abolishing abortion and bringing the gospel to abortion clinics. Of course we have to be loving towards abortion-minded women, but most of the time they will take offense no matter how loving you are. The gospel tends to offend people more often than not.
I'm not saying it's easy to stand in front of an abortion clinic and watch parents prance inside to murder their kids. In fact, it's exhausting at times, and it's not always comfortable either. I am definitely not comfortable walking up to a stranger's car and trying to explain to them why it's wrong to give someone a few hundred dollars to rip their baby to pieces. It's not comfortable or easy when you're cussed out, mocked and flipped off. But like I've said over and over again, Christians are not called to be comfortable. Can we take a minute to think of what Jesus Himself went through for us? He was beaten, spit on, mocked and hung on a cross for sinners like you and me. It wasn't comfortable or easy for Him, but He bore it anyway because He loves us. If He loves us so much that He gave His life for us, we are more than capable of loving our unborn neighbors enough to get out of our comfort zones and protect their innocent lives.
If you have never ministered at an abortion mill, I strongly encourage you to do so. Don't want to go alone? Check out Sidewalks 4 Life to see if there are other sidewalk counselors in your area, and go! Whether you're a people person or not, a great public speaker or more on the reserved side, God will use you however He sees fit, for His glory.
~1 Peter 4:10-11
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.