I was reading a blog the other day by a Christian who was really just listing excuses for his apathy towards abortion. This person did not want to give up his Girl Scout cookies when he heard of their connection with Planned Parenthood, the largest child-killing organization in the United States.
His first excuse was that they taste too good; at least this was an honest answer. Later he pulled out the classic Christian apathy excuse, sin is sin so we don’t need to worry about abortion more than any other sin. This is just a cop out, a way to deflect our responsibility to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Without getting into the theology of “sin is sin” in God’s eyes, let’s look at the physical-world-reality of abortion. While abortion is a sin and will be dealt with as such by God, abortion is also an act of violence that ends the life of a human being.
There are spiritual ramifications and consequences to our actions but what I want to talk about are the physical ones. I want to address the duty and responsibility given to us by God to:
“Love your Neighbor as yourselves” – Mark 12:31
“Do Justly, and to love mercy” – Micah 6:8
“Rescue those being led away to death” - Proverbs 24:11
“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” – Isaiah 1:17
“Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed.” – Jeremiah 22:3
“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.” – Psalm 82:3
I could go on and on listing where God commands action not apathy.
The problem with this argument is that it ignores most of what these verses are talking about, leaving any and all action to God when we are commanded to act in cases of grave injustice. What can be more grave or more unjust than innocent babies being ripped limb from limb?
Abortion is more than just sin and we must treat is as such. If we saw two sinful situations happens simultaneously, which situation would we react to? The reality is that we would judge the severity of the situation and that is how we would decide which one to react to.
If you saw a man on one street corner littering and down the alley from that corner a man was sexually assaulting a woman, would you just say sin is sin and say a prayer for them? Would you be just as concerned with the man littering as you were with the woman being sexually assaulted?
Of course we would be more concerned with sexual assault because it is more than just a sin or just crime, it is a violent act against another human being. There is much more urgency to the situation when someone’s physical well-being or life is at stake.
Our apathy however drives us to try and marginalize abortion to simply a sin or an issue we say we oppose. We don’t want to have to deal with the fact that we know abortion is so vile, so reprehensible that if we grasp the reality of it we would be forced to actively oppose it.
When teaching a woman self defense, one of the first things you teach her is what to yell when being attacked. You teach her to yell “fire” instead of “help” because people don’t want to get involved and yelling “help” can actually get people to look and move the other way.
Christians are looking the other way when it comes to abortion; they don’t want to get involved. They don’t want to offend anyone or have to have an uncomfortable conversation. Christians seem to think they have to be nicer than Jesus and avoid clash when in reality it is the very nature of God that forces true Christianity to clash with sin.
Abortion is sin and we must oppose it as such! We must expose it and shine the light on the darkness that it is. Abortion is also a violent act that ends the life of a human being and we are obligated to actively oppose this violence with love.
When I say oppose with love, I am talking about the kind of love that pulls a drowning kid out of a swimming pool. I am talking about the kind of love that stops a bully from picking on the weakest kids on the playground. I am talking about the kind of love that pulls an elderly woman from a burning building. I am talking about the kind of love that reaches into a ditch to help the man who has been robbed and beaten. I am talking about the kind of love that rescues those being led away to slaughter as Proverbs 24 commands us.
I am talking about an active, urgent and selfless love. A love that understands that faith without works is dead and that to truly oppose something, we must do so actively.
Please pray to end abortion, but don’t stop there. If you truly believe that abortion is killing human children then act like children are being killed.
President: Stand True Pro-life Outreach
Director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life