This is not the first time I’ve said as much, but I maintain that though legislative efforts are important, the abortion debate is to be won on grounds other than that. I don’t think I am the only one to make the point. It has been noted that even on a best case scenario, the overturning of Roe vs. Wade throws the issues to the states. Finally, even if every state banned abortions there would still be women seeking them. At the bottom, persuading women to keep their children and enabling them to do so is utterly necessary.
As pro-lifers begin to gather in Washington let me submit that the Christian church holds in its hand the general resolution of this issue, and by extension, so many other issues.
What is required, in short, is for Christian congregations across the country to shake themselves out of the stupor that they currently find themselves in and take definite, loving, action. By love I mean the word as used in the New Testament, which is not a wishy washy panzy love, but can be hard at times. Hard or soft, it has the best interests of the other in mind, and according to the New Testament, it is willing to lay down its life for another…
The pattern is set in crystal clear clarity in 1 John 3:16 which says “This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”
True love dies. Or, it is willing to die, and in the meantime expend every ounce of energy available to it.
What does this mean? If World War 2 had its Schindler in response to the German extermination of millions of Jews, do we have tens of thousands ‘Schindlers’ in response to the virtual global extermination of tens and tens of millions of the unborn? The answer, I think, is No.
If we as Christians were willing to love in this radical fashion I am convinced so many issues would fade away into oblivion. Gone would be the atheistic crticisms of hypocrites in the church, for example. Examples would multiply.
“Judge not, lest you be judged.” Indeed. I am guilty of my own charges. I too need to love in the radical way described in the New Testament. As I evaluate my situation I recognize that the whole structure of my life is set up to make that sort of activity difficult to implement, except now and then. Does this mean I throw up my hands and say “Oh well! I have my excuse, then!” No. I am steadily chipping away at the ‘structure’ and hope to put in its place something which will allow me the freedom and flexibility to act as I know I should regarding the people in need in my own neighborhood- and this includes those considering abortions.
God did not include an expiration date on the contents of the New Testament. The admonitions to radical love are still in effect. My contention is that a critical mass of Christians carrying out love as described in the New Testament would be utterly transformative. I have good reason to believe that: we saw it in history as the Christian church sprang into existence.
Think about it.