Christians, we are not called to be pragmatists. We are not commanded to “reach across the aisle” to get things done. Ephesians 5:11-14 reads “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light.” Now is not the time for piety (it's never that time.) We are commanded to be the salt and light of the earth. We should be actively preserving what is good and exposing what is evil to the light of the Gospel. Here are 5 reasons why the time is now to fight for the end of abortion:
1. Sharing the Gospel does not prohibit us from creating just laws in our society
The truth is, the Gospel is offensive. We should be always be on the offense with the Gospel. The Great Commission calls us on to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything Jesus has commanded us. Jesus commands us according to God’s Law. God’s law was made for society, to be administered by government. We know that the core of the Gospel is a call to repentance and belief in Jesus in exchange for eternal life, but God’s magistrate exists in spite of the Gospel. The magistrate is God’s minister to punish those who do evil. Evil is only (read: can only be) defined according to God’s Law. Christians, we exist in this nation now. We have been here from the beginning, and the natural outflowing of a nation of disciples should infiltrate the nation's laws. No excuse should be made that we must share the Gospel first. The Gospel has been shared and because of this, thousands of churches can be found in almost every state in this country. As the wheat grows with the tares, so do non-believers and enemies of God exists alongside believers. If a nation could exist without the lawless and unbelievers, God's law would not be needed.
2. As is written in 1 Timothy 1:9, "Knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners."
If we have any doubt that the moral and civil law of God is still applicable, let Paul’s words clear this up. The Law of God can and should be used to restrain sinners and the ungodly. Realize here that when Paul speaks of the civil magistrate being the agent of God’s wrath, he spent a couple of chapters earlier in Romans defining who God’s wrath is poured out against. It is not the civil magistrate punishing evil that we should fear, for we as Christians should be doing good; but instead it is the civil magistrate that is punishing the good, the innocent, and the righteous that we should fear, for they do not consider themselves subservient to God, and will soon place the nation under God’s judgment. The commonly quoted Bible verse “stand in the gap” comes from Ezekiel 22:23-31, where God pours out his wrath on Israel because the princes destroy people among other sins.
3. We should not be compelled by popular opinion or the “will of the people” to soften our stance
Nor should we make abortion permissible on the basis of rape. Don’t get me wrong, rape is of the worst kind of evil, demanding the death penalty, and having compassion on the victim. We should be patient with the rape victim and grieve as she grieves, but one evil act does not justify another. The baby does not know how it was conceived, nor is it considered to be less imago dei (image of God) than any other child. We affirm as the Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 1:10, “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” The words of Jesus himself agree in John 15:20-22, "If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin."
The natural outflowing of a nation of disciples should infiltrate the nation's laws. -@WScott84
4. To state the obvious, babies don’t care if they are inconveniencing the mother
They don't know if they are getting in the way of their mother's career path, nor are they going to care if your theological excuse made you believe that outlawing abortion wasn't the right path. To quote a popular online meme “If unborn babies could vote, every state would be red”. Sadly this is more true in theory than reality. The Republicans have failed to follow through in outlawing abortion. The last time they had complete control of congress (2001-2002), they simply passed a token Partial-Birth Abortion Ban to silence the critics, which did little to stop the genocide in this country. This is why we must lay the pressure on the incoming Republican government more than ever. Babies' rights are civil rights, and if the Progressives in their cognitive dissonance have trouble understanding this, they should be ashamed of themselves; even many medical school ceremonials still hold a ceremony where doctors swear by the Hippocratic Oath including not assisting in abortion. Advances in medical science continues to press the boundaries of our understanding of early fetal development. Recent studies conclude a baby can feel pain as early as 8 weeks.
5. Our fight to end abortion is the American way
Let’s not forget that passing large pieces of legislation is sometimes done when one party is in complete control. The Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) was passed when the Democrats had complete control of congress and Barack Obama was president. Others like Roe vs Wade and Obergefell (legalizing same sex marriage nationwide) were Supreme Court cases. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was legislation passed through Congress, and while it was bipartisan it did have its share of opposition. The Emancipation Proclamation precede the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments as an executive order issued by Abraham Lincoln. Making abortion illegal through a Conservative Supreme Court, with the power of a Conservative Congress and President is no less American than how it was legalized. Nor is denying the opposition a compromise. The Democrats treat abortion the same way they treated the right to own slaves: demeaning the object of their property. Their party was kicking and screaming the whole way when it was outlawed; lest we forget the KKK is their creation. If they want to talk about how we will outlaw abortion, maybe we should remind them of their mixed record on Civil Rights. They have the tendency to obsess over the right to choose when it fits their agenda (abortion, gay rights), and cry about choice when it doesn’t (guns rights, freedom of conscience). We choose on the basis on God’s eternal law, not on the Democrat’s moving social target.
Christians, we have no excuse not to move full speed ahead with pressuring President Trump and the Republicans to outlaw abortion. Unborn babies about to have their brains sucked out and cut up into pieces don’t care about your excuses. They care that they were able to live. This fight to outlaw abortion must not stop there, since God also commands us to take care of the oppressed, the orphans, widows, and poor. Be ready to back up your opposition to abortion with the willingness to take care of these new mothers, fathers, and children, and even adopt any child that is unwanted. Start by calling, writing an email or letter, or visiting the office of your local congressman or woman and get connected with larger organizations (Babies Are Murdered Here, Abolish Human Abortion) dedicated to the pro-life cause.
Our time is now. Our time has always been now, to outlaw abortion.