In the past several weeks, we’ve seen a hard progressive push toward more radical legalizations to abortion. The state of New York recently passed a law that would permit abortions up to the moments of birth. There have been discussions to allow the ability to have an “abortion” even moments after birth. (Process that with me for a moment). As a Christian husband, father and a Pastor, I am terribly saddened, disgusted and broken over the moral DNA of our culture and most of our officials in Washington.
So, what are we to do? How can we respond?
Here are 5 ways to properly respond to the Pro-Choice Movement:
In the book of Esther, we read how the Jewish people were on the verge of annihilation by a horrific plan by Haman. Queen Esther had a plan to stop it, but before she did anything, she called for 3 days of prayer and fasting. This is a not battle that could be won through the means of flesh and blood. This is a spiritual battle and we need to put on our armor. F.B. Meyer once said, “The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” Let’s be sure to pray!
Speak up and engage
Everyone has on opinion on the matter of Abortion. However, there is only one opinion that truly matters and that is God’s. He has called us to be the carriers of His message of truth. Proverbs 31:8-9 says, “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” We need to speak up and engage in conversations with our friends, family and those around the water cooler and be a voice for the voiceless. Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Volunteer/Support Crisis-Pregnancy Centers
We are thankful for those who are on the frontlines in our community for the Pro-Life Movement. Crisis pregnancy centers work to educate, love, and counsel pregnant women against having an abortion. These are organizations that work with limited resources and depend on those who financially support and volunteer. Let’s support those who are on the frontlines.
I don’t ever tell anyone who to vote for. However, let me bring some commonsense here. If you want to stop abortion, stop voting for those who are for abortion. It’s that simple. (The next election is April 2nd!)
Respond with the Gospel
Look at any study, and you will find that women with a history of abortion have higher rates of anxiety, depression, alcohol use, marijuana use, and suicidal behavior, compared to those who have not had an abortion. Despite what you see on social media, brokenness is wrapped around the one who has had an abortion. And the best way to respond to that brokenness is with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
No one is too dirty that Jesus can’t clean him. No one is too far for Jesus to save. Let’s choose to respond with the gospel of grace. The Apostle Paul once said of the Gospel, “…for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”
God is the author of life. He values life and so should we. Let’s choose to be His hands, feet and voice in our culture today.
Join us for the annual SpeakOut Illinois pro-life conference on Saturday, March 9th!