Abortion

Recently, my friends Greg and Bruce were headed to the local coffee shop, ReJavanate. Instead of an espresso, they got an eye-opening experience into how hateful Christians can be.

Outside of Planned Parenthood next to ReJavanate, a group of so-called “Christians,” calling their efforts “Operation Save Las Vegas,” were standing outside Planned Parenthood, picketing, chanting, and yelling at people.

In the name of Jesus, they were bringing condemnation, anger, hostility, and hatred.

Greg and Bruce, being the loving Christian men they are, felt the urge to go into the clinic and apologize to the workers and people inside — in the name of Jesus — for the hatred of these so-called “Christians.”

Unfortunately, the image of most not-yet Christians is that of these “Operation Save Las Vegas” dimwits. I’m not even going to go into how wrong I feel it is for these people to be doing what they’re doing — “Dimwits” will do for now.

Every year in the United States, there are nearly 1.2 million abortions. Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, there have been almost 50 million abortions.

Instead, I want to propose a solid, simple approach to abortion as Christians.

1. Life begins at conception. To say life begins at first breath is ludicrous to me. Human beings are all in the process of developing. There is never an end. Thus, who is to say that first breath is more important than implantation (7 weeks)? Life begins at conception. Humans are always developing.

2. “The best way to be prolife is to deliver people from the causes of abortion” (Stassen & Gushee, Kingdom Ethics). Those who have not had abortions or ever considered an abortion should only “use words when necessary.” Our actions will always speak louder than words. Instead of picketing, why not provide financial support to young mothers? Instead of yelling, why not offer acts of compassion? Instead of hatred, why not provide counseling and resources about adoption?

3. “A Kingdom-focused church can be — must be — a place in which the scourge of abortion, except in the rarest of circumstances, has no place” (Stassen). Church must not compromise the sanctity of life. Compassion does not mean acceptance. We must hold firm to the value of ALL life. We must preach it from pulpits and provide teaching in classrooms. Honestly, there are many reasons for abortions and many that we can change as Kingdom-minded people. However, fully 20% of all abortions are done by MARRIED COUPLES! This means, these people are just eliminating life because of the inconvenience.

4. A Kingdom-focused church should provide the means, resources, and support to back up their teaching. Basically, churches must be refuges and resources for people considering abortions. There are an infinite about of reasons behind abortion. Financial instability. Mental instability. Economic disparity. Lack of adoption resources. Crisis situation. The church must seek the meet the physical, emotional, and mental needs of young women considering abortion.

5. Prolife but anti-law? I don’t think so. I used to be Prolife, but anti-law — meaning, I want life to happen, but ultimately, it’s up to the person and the government shouldn’t oppose it. However, God has changed my heart in this regard. If 1.2 million lives are being ended by abortion, it’s time to promote laws that make it difficult for abortions to occur. We don’t scream bloody murder at the government attempting to protect others through speed limits, but people will scream lack of freedom when we impose laws to prevent abortion. Give me a break!

What are your thoughts on abortion? What are they influenced by? How are we helping those who help babies to be born?

Last, one of my great friends and one of our youth ministry leaders, Nancy Korten, supports and works for an organization called “Living Grace.” Essentially, it is a home that provides housing and resources to young women who commit to having their babies. This is GRACE IN ACTION! Nancy is providing the exact way Christians must respond to abortion.

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5 thoughts on “Abortion

  1. I agree with your post, but I would add a #6: Opposition to abortion is not an end in itself. Unless we take every opportunity presented by #1-5 to proclaim the gospel, then all we’re doing is helping to bring another damned soul into this world. Let us take the opportunity to share what really matters with the mother and her child.

    Abortion, The Christian, and The State
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/039a-Abortion,theChristianandtheState.pdf

    The Ethics of Abortion
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/025a-TheEthicsofAbortion.pdf

  2. Hey John just wanted to say I couldn’t of said it better myself and the Grace of Jesus has truly touched your heart.

    I am sure you have figured out that we adopted Adrian when he was six months. He is truly a gift that God gave us the privilage of raising him into a great Christian. Our motto to him is never pass judgement and always try to be understanding of all problems.

    From the day I saw his picture I am sure it was the Holy Spirit moved us to say that is our baby. The day we brought him home he was so happy to be with us and smiled all day long as he met all of his new relatives. We are very blessed with our son and he amazes us and as God does everyday as he works through Adrian’s faith.

    Well I could go on all day about Adrian and how great he is but I always suggest adoption to people who cannot conceive. Granted we have had our trials and tribulations as all parents, but the victories out way the battles.

  3. Kristine! Thank you so much for the kind words. We love Adrian and he is truly a special gift! Thank you for adopting and bring an awesome kid like Adrian into this world!!!

  4. Brandon: I’ll look those up. I agree, there are times we must share the Gospel, but I feel in my dealings with people, it is way more helpful to “speak” the Gospel with actions of love. I disagree with you about just “bringing another damned soul” into this world (obviously, theologically…) Furthermore, while I agree we should share the Gospel, I also know that God does the growing and we just water and plant.

    The not-yet Christians I deal with generally feel that Christians only want to help them if… they start believing; if they change; if they become Christians. I want to break this stereotype. Therefore, I desire to serve without strings attached. Therefore, the “Gospel” will hopefully be witnessed in the actions of love, instead of preaching damnation and fire.

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