This is the generation that will abolish abortion

Talking About Abortion May Be Offensive, But Our Silence and Apathy Is Deadly; Addressing the Lie That Christians Should Not Offend People.

I sometimes find the excuses that I hear from people who claim to be pro-life but will not take action on their convictions just plain laughable.  Then there are the excuses in which people actually try and use the Word of God to justify their apathy.

One of the classic examples that can be found is the ever popular “I don’t want to offend anyone” excuse.  The worst part of this excuse is that many who use it try to justify it with scripture, often interjecting the word “offend” for the word “stumble”.  There are several verses about causing others, especially children, to stumble. For example:

1st Corinthians 10:32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God—

The problem is that people seem to think that offending someone is the same as causing them to stumble; that is simply not true. If I were to sit and drink beer around someone who is an alcoholic, tempting him by offering him beer, that would be causing him to stumble.

The truth is we will offend many people just by the fact that we are Christians; this Gospel of Christ is highly offensive to those who do not have faith.

Jeremiah 6:10 To whom can I speak and give warning?  Who will listen to me?

Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.

Anytime we take a stand against an evil, someone will be offended. Those involved with evil will take offense to our speaking out against their behavior.  If we were to speak out against pornography and call it indecent or obscene that would offend those involved in the pornography industry.

If we were to give a workshop “talking about domestic violence or child abuse, would that not offend people who commit those actions?  Just because we speak out against an evil and it offends people does not mean we should stop speaking out against that evil.

Many will say that they are worried about hurting people’s feelings. Women who have committed the act of abortion will be hurt so we shouldn’t wear pro-life shirts, hold signs or pray in front of abortion mills.”  While I agree that some women will be upset when they see a pro-life t-shirt or display, that in no way justifies not taking that action.

I have to ask about other things we speak out against.  Would we refrain from speaking out against domestic violence because it might offend someone who has beaten his wife? Would we refrain from speaking out against child abuse because we might offend a woman who has beaten her kids? Would we refrain from speaking out against rape because we are afraid we would offend a rapist?

The problem is that when it comes to abortion we have allowed this evil act to be diminished to just a “tough decision” that a woman has to make.  I am sorry but this is not a decision anyone should have the right to make; it is an act of homicide that cannot be justified.

We would never in a million years call a rape a “tough decision” that a man has to make. There are no circumstances that can justify a man sexually forcing himself on another human person.  There will be no one arguing that we just need to put ourselves in his shoes to understand why he had to make that choice.

This same standard must be applied to killing one’s child in the womb or at any other time in that child’s life.  The act of homicide is one person killing another person and that is what happens in every single abortion.

All this being said, I am not advocating going out on the street and screaming at women or calling them murderers as they walk into an abortion mill.  I have always and will always reach out to them in love and offer them hope.

While I will not be screaming at women, I will also not back down in my fight to expose what abortion is to the world.  The fact is that we need the world to view abortion as the horrific act that it is; to have the same disdain for abortion as they do for rape or any other act of homicide.

Yes, there will be times that people will be offended by the pro-life t-shirt I wear, the sign I hold or by my praying outside of an abortion mill.  There will be women who have had an abortion who will feel guilt for what they have done and probably not be happy about being reminded of their act.  I pray that the guilt they feel will lead to finding the healing and hope of Christ that exists with repentance.

This next statement at first may sound a bit harsh but it is a reality.  I am more concerned with saving the lives of innocent children being slaughtered by the thousands every day than I am with the hurt feelings of someone who has committed this act. I do not set out to offend; I set out to tell the truth.  In doing so, I know people will be offended and feelings will be hurt. This holds for almost every truth we decide to proclaim and evil we confront.

(That being said I also believe very strongly in the forgiveness and healing after abortion and would strongly recommend visiting AbortionShockwaves.com)

If you claim to be pro-life, to believe that the children dying inside these abortion mills are fully human, don’t give me excuses.  To slightly tweak a Greg Cunningham quote:  “Apathy and ignorance sustained by denial are crippling this nation’s response to abortion. When something is so horrifying that we can’t stand to look at it, perhaps we shouldn’t be tolerating it!”

For Christ I stand,

Bryan Kemper

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6 Comments

  1. Shannon Norvell
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    I take my children with me when we pray in front of the abortion clinic for 40 Days For Life. People find this extremely offensive & wrong. I had my 2 year out there with me holding her own sign “Choose Life”. I don’t think they are ever too young to know the truth.

  2. Julie P.
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Once again, you put things beautifully, Bryan! I agree 100% with this post!

    For me, I have had friends tell me that I would be more powerful if I were silent (not just about abortion, but about anything to do with God as well) and that nothing gets solved by talking about these things, that it only stirs up anger and hurt feelings. Personally, I was offended by such senseless and illogical statements. Part of fighting for and/or against something (in this case, fighting FOR life and AGAINST abortion) is speaking up! It’s always hard, of course, when we have those that call themselves our friends saying cruel things to us, but it’s worth it! It’s always worth it to speak for Truth!

  3. jenny
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Nicely said. I will continue to be a voice for the voiceless. And while the words I speak may offend or make someone uncomfortable, it is rightly so. There is nothing comfortable about abortion!! When we speak of murdering an innocent child, every human being should be grieved and offended. I can not be responsible for another’s healing or personal journey through abortion recovery, but there is hope and there is help. And as for the babies, God save them all!
    I am unashamedly pro-LIFE.

  4. Posted April 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Exactly. Has significant social change EVER taken place without someone being offended?

    I just have one quibble…

    There is a significant difference between women who get abortions and men who rape. The missing factor is the abortionist. He’s been to medical school. He knows perfectly well that abortion kills a human person, not a “clump of cells.” But he will lie to his patients about what abortion really is. Live Action’s undercover tapes show abortion counselors spewing all sorts of lies about prenatal development. Abortion is undoubtedly a violent, brutal, reprehensible act– but sometimes, the mothers are victims, too.

  5. Kevin Williams
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    What a powerful quote you closed your article with Bryan! Wheeeeeew!

    People who say that as Christians we are not supposed to “Offend” have fallen into the deception of the adversary. The devil delights in using mindless empty words and slogans to deceive humanity and neuter our witness.
    The word of God is diametrically opposed to silence!
    “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, tell My people their transgression and the house of Jacob their sins!” Isaiah 58:1
    “None calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. THEY TRUST IN EMPTY WORDS and speak lies. They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity. Their feet run to evil and they make haste to shed innocent blood…wasting and destruction are in their paths…the way of peace they have not known…whoever takes that way shall not know peace.” Isaiah 59:4-7
    “If you say “surely I did not know this” does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his DEEDS?” Proverbs 24:11-12
    Jesus said “YOU are the light of the world”

    One particular word that the devil has had a heyday with in our modern “cult”ure is “Intolerance” The Jesus I know didnt say “Heaven forbid someone might think I am ‘Intolerant!” No, He fashioned a whip and drove out those who were offending and grieving His Fathers tender heart!

    I fear for the Church in the West. There are several mega Churches here in Fort Collins Colorado and they are only conspicuous by their absence at our 40 days prayer vigil. The prophet Jeremiah said “Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord with slackness and cursed is he who keeps back their sword from blood!” Jeremiah 48:10 This speaks to me that we as the people of God are to join in the fray!

    “I have set watchmen on your walls O Jerusalem; They shall NEVER hold their peace, day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent and give Him no rest til He establishes and til He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. And they shall call them the Holy People; the Redeemed of the Lord and you shall be called Sought Out A City not Forsaken.” Isaiah 62:6-7
    A Relentless God because of His Great Mercy and His Great Love is seeking out a people who will simply believe in and act upon His words!

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