Updated: Apr 19, 2019
Suppose a political party down the street started campaigning to reintroduce slavery into American life. Would that upset you? Would you speak out against it? It seems like a question that needs no real consideration. Of course, we would stand against slavery! Our culture knows that slavery was and is wrong. But it wasn’t too long ago that half the country justified slavery.
Recently, I had the privilege and duty to share in the ministry of the Genocide Awareness Project at the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville conducted by The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. During our demonstration which argues that abortion is a form of genocide, I heard a male student from an African descent articulate a very common sentiment concerning abortion.
“I am personally against abortion but I wouldn’t stop someone else from having one.”
I asked him: “if I wanted to have a slave or if the whole south wanted to have slaves, would you be content with saying 'that is their decision'?
The man answered, “no I wouldn’t.”
I said, “That is what we are saying. It is not okay to own someone else and it is not ok to kill someone else.”
He responded, “I can see that.”
Suppose Slavery was still taking place in the southern United States. Would we be content to say, “I am personally against slavery, but I wouldn’t stop someone else from having a slave”? Of course, we wouldn’t. So, why don’t we do something about abortion?
The issue of abortion is not their problem, it is our problem. It is our cooperate sin. We cannot stand idly by and say that we are pro-life without doing anything about the mass slaughter taking place on a daily basis. We cannot afford to be theoretically pro-life but practically pro-abortion. As Christians, our whole world-view is supposed to hinge on the significance and the purpose of the resurrection. And in the resurrection, the God who created human life and the world has reclaimed it for Himself. Jesus didn't come to rescue babies for heaven. Jesus came to rescue babies from bodily death! When Jesus calls us to follow Him, He calls us to protect and rescue the life He created. And if we are not for life, we are against it. Nobody cares about our theoretical pro-life position on abortion. The question is, what are we doing about it?
Easter time is here. It is time for the dead to come alive in Christ. Speak up for life and offer the hope of forgiveness and restoration to those who are weighed down with grief and shame from abortion. Give people the hope of resurrection for the lives lost to abortion. Jesus is still raising the dead. That is good news for a nation soaked in the blood of the innocent. There is hope even for us.
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine on you.”