“Put your money where your mouth is!”
This is a challenge often leveled to inspire action. But in our case, we’ve kept our mouths silent, and put our money where our heart is – in the comfortable, obvious outlet of pro-life schemes.
We’re so invested in the political game, the one-upmanship of bills and petitions, and the easy gratification of sending a check to those who are “called” to fight this fight. We are drawn to the theatre and the drama of the high stakes game drawn out by Daleiden and Planned Parenthood.
But Daleiden can’t fight this alone, and he is not even fighting wisely.
Rather than using his coup to illustrate the depths of depravity, to highlight and drive home what we already know in our hearts, that abortion is murder, he’s missed the mark by swinging away at a branch of the tree, trying to treat a symptom of the disease.
Instead, we must lay the axe to the root! Why would we think that our government, which has made it legal to murder human beings so long as they are under x age, and in x location (their mother’s womb) would be just?
We have called evil good and good evil.
Why should we be outraged at the sales of baby body parts, when we yawn in the face of their murder, and declare: “Well, it IS legal”?
Christian, this is NOT righteous.
We must love what God loves, and hate what God hates.
Repent with us.
Consider our response to abortion, as a nation.
Many abolitionists have found over and over and over again that as we approach our pastors, our churches, and our sisters and brothers in Christ, we are given the same answer each time: “I’m not called to that.”
But we realize we ARE commanded to oppose it; our actions declare this loud and clear! Consider the way we use our wallets. We know abortion ought to be opposed, and so we pour money into our local Crisis Pregnancy Centers, sign petitions, respond to donation pleas from pro-lifers, we share photos, articles, and videos from professionals like David Daleiden, and we cry out together when he is indicted.
If we think we should do this much, why are we using the “not my calling” excuse?
Why are we pouring all our effort into theatrics, shows, and pro-life careerism?
Why are we still on the treadmill, going nowhere?
So many have quoted Paul in exasperation when abolitionists have approached them about opposing child sacrifice themselves. They bolster their plea of “I’m not called to that” with an appeal to I Corinthians 12.
Yet this text is not in any way saying we can make a menu of God’s commandments, picking and choosing which ones suit our desires, and applying only those.
We even acknowledge this in other areas of church life.
When scripture commands us to “Praise the Lord, all you nations!” (Psalm 117), none of us think that because Bob is “called” to play the guitar means that everyone else is now exempt from praising God.
No one says:
Let’s all give Bob money so he can praise God! That isn’t MY calling!
No, we all praise God as our talents, abilities, and place within the body and bride of Christ allows.
Some write, sing, speak, play, pray, etc.
We know that praising God is not limited to the pew, or the stage, but rather something we are to do with our whole lives.
Although we may have different means with which to praise God, but we praise God, and we do it daily.
Now, consider God’s commands in scripture, ones that have a far more difficult and self-sacrificial applications, in many ways…
“STOP those who are stumbling to the slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11)
“Establish justice in the gate” (Amos 5)
“GO ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15)
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
When faced with these commands, applied to the injustice of our day, HOW is it that suddenly, we have come to think of God’s commands as a buffet of what pleases and suits us?
Are they not commands to be obeyed joyfully, with the means that he has provided us?
This is all that we, as abolitionists, are saying!
Stop being sucked into the fundraising schemes of the professionals, stop handing your money over to fund the secular or pluralistic tactics of the Pro-Life Movement, and obey God!
This isn’t about theatrics, this isn’t about a national conversation, and it isn’t just about thinking rightly.
Love your neighbor! There is no middle ground with that commandment.
There is no professional to turn it over to. It is given to each and every one of us who follows Christ!
Consider Christ’s words in Matthew 21:
“What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.”
So which son are you?
Do you disobey, but realize your sin and repent? Or do you think rightly, speak rightly, but abandon God’s commands in deed?
Remember, that Christ also said:
“What you do for the least of these, you do for me.”
And he did not speak of a flourish with the checkbook, but rather right action in the face of urgent need for the weakest among us.