This is the generation that will abolish abortion

Tough Questions – Christians should be spreading the Gospel, not worrying about political issues like abortion.

I cannot tell you how many pastors throw this at me as an excuse for not getting involved with pro-life work or even talking about it from the pulpit.  It actually surprises me that a pastor would even try to justify his apathy and lack of involvement in standing up for life.

Obviously we all know that as a Christian s our main focus is to spread the Gospel and share the hope we have in Christ.  We are commanded to “ Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15

The idea that taking a stand for the almost 4,000 children that are being ripped limb from limb every day by surgical abortion is contrary to the Gospel , is simply ludicrous. In fact, I would say that when we do not stand up for the voiceless or love our neighbor as ourselves, we are not truly preaching the Gospel.

I remember one pastor in particular who told me that I had no business telling anyone that abortion was wrong.  He said I should only tell people about Jesus and nothing else.  I laid out a situation for him to answer using his logic.  What if you came upon a man beating a woman in an alley?  Would you walk up to the man and tap him on the shoulder and tell him about Jesus or would you first stop the man from beating the women and make sure she was taken care of?

He tried to wiggle out of answering the question at first but eventually said he would first stop the man from harming the woman and make sure she was ok.  I asked him why he would not just tell them man about Jesus and not worry about his behavior?  He said because the woman was in imminent danger and needed to be rescued.

The fact is we are also called in Scripture to “Deliver those who are being taken away to death. And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back. If you say, “See, we did not know this,” Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?” Proverbs 24:11-12

We are also called to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

We can also look at Matthew 25 where we are taught that when we do not feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty and clothe the naked then we are not doing that for Christ.  I could fill this commentary with pages of Scripture references that would show us that preaching the Gospel is more than just mere words.

When babies are being killed by the thousands every day, are we loving our neighbor as ourselves when we ignore this? Is our neighbor just the guy who lives next door?  Did the Good Samaritan stop to see if he knew the man in the ditch or ask God if he was called to a ditch ministry before he helped the man?  No, he saw his fellow human person in distress and he stopped and helped him.

So many people tell me that their pastor will not talk about abortion from the pulpit.  They don’t want to talk about political issues or possibly offend anyone in the church.

Here is a question I would ask them: if you were told as you were walking up to the pulpit to deliver your sermon that a man with a knife was heading to the nursery to stab all the children in the nursery, would you warn people from the pulpit or would you say that the pulpit is only for preaching the Word ?  Of course they would warn people, I don’t know a single pastor in the world who would not jump up and immediately warn everyone about the danger the children were in.

If that same pastor were told before his sermon that they were opening a new abortion mill down the street where about 20 babies a day were going to be aborted daily, would he feel the same urgency to warn his congregation about the danger facing those children?

Most of the time it would have to go through some kind of committee or vote to see if the church wanted to have some kind of official outreach to that abortion mill.  There would be so much red tape that it may take a year to even get an announcement in the bulletin about a possible ministry team being formed.

Are the children that would die in the nursery more valuable than the children that would die in the abortion mill?  Why are we not just as horrified about children being killing in an abortion mill as we would be about children being killed in a church nursery?

There is no excuse for the apathy and lack of involvement of the church when it comes to abortion.  We have allowed the government to politicize abortion to the point that we just don’t pay attention any more.  We are more than happy to let our votes on Election Day be our only action we ever take as we leave it up to politicians who never deliver on their promises.

Preaching the Gospel is not just leaving cheesy Bible tracts with a lousy tip on the table at Applebee’s after church.  Preaching the Gospel is not just saying “ Jesus loves you” to your friends as work after laughing at all their dirty jokes.  Preaching the Gospel goes far beyond our words and must also include action.  Feeding the poor, giving water to the thirsty and yes, speaking up for the voiceless IS preaching the Gospel.

What do you think?

7 Comments

  1. Charlene
    Posted September 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I agree. Preaching the Gospel is more about action than words. We can’t expect anyone to listen to what we say if what we do is contrary or lacking. I believe that Jesus is LIFE. Therefore He stands for LIFE. And if we dare preach that Jesus Christ is LIFE and came to bring LIFE but dare not defend LIFE and stand for LIFE, then we are just loud cymbols marching alongside a parade of the Gospel but not playing in tune. Jesus did not just go around saying “I am the Son of God, I came to save you..” HE LIVED IT! He healed, He transformed lives, He resurrected the dead, He saved us..our lives..our souls. He acted on His words. If you are going to preach the Gospel, make sure you understand it first and are willing to be a living example of it. & if you don’t quite understand, pray a little more. Ask that God would open your spiritual eyes and give you discernment, wisdom, and understand of His word and purpose.

    In His amazing LOVE,

    Charlene

    • Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      you have written truth dear lady, I pray that Yeshua will give us pastors in each of our area’s that will proudly proclaim the evils of abortion. If we had a shepherd that would lead his sheep , they would follow, no doubt ABOUT IT. We who know Jesus as our LORD and Savior are the only ones that can break the claws of death that holds this nation in bondage. If only our Pastors would shout ” enough , Our GOD Elohim reigns here” and call Gods army to war. Not with earthly weapons,for our weapons are not carnal.
      I know I would with a joyful heart. Come quickly LORD Jesus come

  2. Posted October 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Hey Bryan
    How are you doing man? First things first, I don’t think I ever said sorry for all the hurt I caused you and your family at the end of the 2003 summer when the whole RFL team mutinied on you, I was a dumb 18 year old and I should have known better. So I am sorry.
    On this issue, I totally agree that we need to do something about abortion instead of just vote. And I agree 100% that the church’s first mandate is to preach the gospel. But maybe making the Pro-Life issue into such a political issue has actually hurt the cause. Obviously politicians aren’t helping much as the death toll continues to rise even after countless promises from politicians to be “pro-life”.
    What I’m thinking is that the church needs to take on this issue, but not so much in a political way. The church could see the Pro-Life cause as a way of ministering to the poor, instead of lobbing power hungry politicians. I think it would be so much better if people thought of crises pregnancy centers when they heard the term pro-life, instead of angry protesters (which usually a media caricature).

  3. wholearmor61018
    Posted May 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I call churches and ask them to allow Colorado Right To Life to gather signatures at their church services. The following statement is not an exaggeration. The VAST majority say no. They tell me they don’t get into politics. Since when is preborn baby murder politics?? Bryan, I’m going to use your church nursery scenario on the very next church that tells me no. Thank you and God bless you.
    Scott Evans
    Longmont, CO

  4. Nelson
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Here is my question to you. As someone who does not believe in your god, your rules or your way of life. Remember, I don’t believe so any response you give me about being god’s will etc. will mean nothing to me because I do not believe in your god. That being said.

    What right do you have to tell me how I should or should not live my life? What right do you have to tell me that my wife can not have an abortion or do this or do that. Do I come into your home and tell you to stop praying or dictate to you how you should live?

  5. Steve
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    Hello everyone!

    I just want to add a little detail to the ‘woman getting beaten in an alley’ analogy to make it more comparable to the realities of the ‘role of preaching in social justice’.

    What would you do if you came upon a man beating a women in an alley, but you also happened to know that both the man and the woman carry a deadly disease that will lead to an excruciating death within the next 48 hours – the pain of this death will be infinitely worse than the beating the woman is receiving. The fight is happening because the disease is driving both the man and the woman crazy. But not only this, also you happen to know that both the man and the woman have just returned from murdering someone which is how they both contracted the disease. Both of them are murderers and will die from this terrible disease because of the murder they committed.

    More complexity: you know that if you break up the fight the man will only continue beating the woman once you leave because the disease is driving him to it. You also know that the woman will go home and beat her children because the disease will drive her to it. But here’s the kicker: you have the antidote. And you know that if you give it to both the man and the woman the beatings will stop and the transformation in them both will be permanent.

    Lastly, you also know that if the woman receives the beating the virus in her will die through the blood loss (you’ll need to assess that last analogy carefully, because I’m not saying what you think I’m saying).

    In this whole argument we must remember certain facts:
    1. Eternal suffering is infinitely worse than earthly suffering.
    2. All human beings are sinful by nature and under God’s wrath. Everyone carries the disease. Even infants.
    3. Dying infants probably do go to heaven (boy! I can just see some people’s faces when they read that! No, I am not saying it is good to abort children so they go to heaven, all I am saying is that this is far more complex than the simple ‘beating’ analogy gives it credit for. Would Christian here dare to disagree that dying unborn infants do probably go to heaven? Well, if you do agree with that then be brave enough to say so because it has got to be relevant in this debate!

    I would condemn any pastor who does not speak out against abortion. Certainly. But let’s not romanticize the picture here. It is more complex than ‘a woman getting beaten in an ally’. Consequently, I would condemn any Christian who only ever seeks to relieve temporal pain and suffering without also asking themselves how they can relieve people from the infinitely worse eternal suffering towards which they are headed, both the one doing the beating and the one receiving it, because they both carry the disease which is the real problem.

    • Ben
      Posted January 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      Yes Steve I agree we should seek first God’s kingdom and show others the cure for their eternal disease that will kill them. As the beaters accept Christ and the Gospel living for him the disease is gone and then they can stop beating each other up. Addressing the disease sin (unbelief, unsaved) addresses the symptoms (racism, dehumanisation, abortion etc.)

      Although I would now like to invite another analogy. A Child is drowning in the lake, do you walk past and say “repent, believe, receive” sharing the gospel with them as they’re drowning, they then respond saying “I can’t hear you clearly because I am blind from all this dirty water splashing in my eyes and deaf from all this dirty water splashing in my ears. This child is about to drown and while we feel compassion for the drowning victim we do not show compassion, we do not intervene, this is exactly like the good samaritan story where the religious pharisee person walked by although felt compassion would not stop and help, it was the good samaritan who intervened and helped.

      Abortion is happening with the permission of the body of Christ, in the sense that God has given his people dominion over resources more than adequate to stop abortion, and abortion flourishes because the church is doing little or nothing to stop it. In Matthew 23:23 Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of his day, as hypocrites because they were tithing down to a tenth of their spice they were that legalistic, but they were ignoring what Jesus called the weightier matters of the law, and he went on to define the weightier matters of the law as justice and mercy and the church today often gets the little things right and ignores the big things, and the big things are babies being tortured to death all across the country savable babies, whose lives could be saved if the church would stand up and actively confront the culture about what’s going on here. – Gregg Cunningham.

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