Abortion, a Gospel Issue

One of the more disturbing moments concerning the abortion battle took place this summer at the Texas State Capital.  As pro-life supporters were singing “Amazing Grace,” pro-choice advocates began to chant, “Hail Satan” in an attempt to drown them out.  Much could be said about this chilling moment on this particular front of the spiritual battle that rages in our culture.  I would like for you to consider what is really at play in the abortion issue and where we need to look for the ultimate solution.

I am sure that most of those chanting loudly gave little thought to what they were doing.  Likely, they quickly made sure to make it known that they were not Satanists.  Yet, the chanting of their mouths reveals the core of this matter.  At the center of the abortion issue, sinful hearts are what drive pro-abortion politicians and advocates, abortion clinics, and personal decisions to abort.  Sadly, sinful hearts drive some pro-life advocates to speak inappropriately, practice underhanded politics, and perform acts that are contrary to the very tenets they claim to believe.  As a result, we share the same need– the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I am not siding with those who say that Christians need to avoid the political issue of abortion and get to the work of the Gospel.  I am saying that we need to get to the work of the Gospel and bring it to bear in all of life and culture, including the matter of abortion.

We must continue to stand against abortion in the public arena with clear Biblical convictions.  We must continue to see men and women, cut from the cloth of William Wilberforce, stand against moral evil by taking up public office and bringing the Gospel to bear.

We must continue to support the work of Christ-centered, Crisis Pregnancy Centers with our resources and time.  Thank God that our local CPC is dedicated to sharing the Gospel with each client while offering continued resources, support, and love regardless of their response.

We must continue to share the hope of Christ’s forgiveness for the broken post-abortive woman, the crushed boyfriend or husband who convinced her, the secretly shamed, insisting parent or grandparent, and the empty doctor or nurse who has performed or assisted in countless murders.

A culture of death needs life.  Jesus said in John 10:10-11 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (ESV)  For the culture of death to have life, Jesus died.  He laid down his life for the sins of mankind, including abortion.  As a result, we must be careful as believers to courageously expose the lies and destruction of the thief by working for an end to abortion while courageously and compassionately proclaiming the Good News of life to those who are caught in the clutches of death.  May our voices rise above the noise and chants with the life-giving message of amazing grace.

Comments

  1. Allen Chambers says:

    How appropriate. Was just listening to an anti abortion show on radio and thought many of these thoughts. They were focused on how the church should speak out more against abortion. While I agree with this I was thinking that the church must speak out on sin and man’s need for a new heart. To be anti any sin without recognizing the need for a renewal of heart is to miss the point.

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