About Pro-Life: The Good Fight (Part II)
by Jerry Slauter
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When all is said and done about evangelism and pro-life activism, more is said than done. The primary focus of pro-life activism is to save the lives of unborn children and any other individuals or groups who cannot defend themselves. “Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those who are being crushed.” (Proverbs 31:8)
How we conduct ourselves in that fight should have the secondary benefit of influencing others to repent and turn their lives over to Jesus. Faith should be accompanied by action. Even as He was being crucified by a cruel, inhuman means, He said, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
Politicians argue for or against pro-life, depending upon their constituencies. Abortionists argue that even if the laws were changed in the United States, abortions would still be sought. Judging the character of the abortionists does not win their souls. Laws do not change attitudes or actions if enforcement remains dubious.
One political extreme argues for tolerance while labeling everybody who does not endorse or embrace their form of deviancy as “haters.” Faith empowers individuals to love the sinner without embracing the sin. Tough love should not be misrepresented as hatred. They exhort pro-life advocates to “honor” the law that allows abortion, while admitting they would continue to seek abortions if abortion became illegal.
Members of the same extreme lobby for protection and protest against cruelty to animals while ignoring the pain and suffering an unborn child experiences. They present euphemisms such as: “rhetoric of death, procedure, fetus, and choice.” The actual terms are, “killing the baby” and “sin.” I am still waiting for somebody to coin the phrase, “Biblically deviant behavior.”
Sin has consequences. Sex causes pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Legislatures have not been able to outlaw STD’s, and courts have not been able to declare them unconstitutional. They want to exonerate individuals from personal responsibility and use tax dollars for abortion as an easy way out. They justify abortion by arguing the “health of the mother” which could mean anything the physician determines to be conducive to the mother’s physical, mental, or emotional feelings of well-being. No, it is not fair that young women shoulder the entire burden of child bearing and rearing.
The other political extreme wants to judge and not offer any financial assistance. They blame the mother as if she conceived on her own and do not hold fathers accountable. They speak of chastity and the evils of contraceptives, yet will not offer any remedies that cost money or convenience such as: paid maternity leave; job security for mothers; day care for the children of employees; and, government assistance for adoption programs.
They are pro-life until the child is born and then practice Social Darwinism. In their eyes American children, Caucasian children and children who are born into families of “substantial means” are more valuable than children of immigrants. Children, parents, grandparents, and others who happen to live over oil fields in the Middle East become “collateral damage” in the quest to fuel our insatiable appetite for, and consumption of resources.
Science aligns with faith on the side of the pro-life argument. We must ask about concerns for the overall health of the mother who aborts? Helen M. Alvaré and Meg McDonald stated, “All ideological disputes aside, this is an important question, given that abortion is one of the surgeries most performed on women in America.”
Alvaré and McDonald further state, “ High quality European studies, including a September, 2011 article in British Journal of Psychiatry, suggests reason to worry about what the U.S. investigation might show, including the likelihood of significantly increased risk of mental health problems and substance abuse.” (Helen M. Alvaré and Meg McDonald, “Why Pro-Lifers Keep Fighting Abortion,” Washington Post, March 1, 2013)
Alvaré and McDonald further stated: “After this litany, what can explain the fact that the pro-life movement is ‘not dead yet?’ For starters, science and technology have been very good to us over the past several decades. Embryology, genetics, (and) neurology, not to mention ultrasound technology – they are probably responsible for the fact that none of the abortion-rights Web sites bother any longer to attack the humanity of the unborn child.” (Alvaré and Meg McDonald, ibid)
In summary, pro-life advocacy is a calling, not a hobby. The goals of pro-life advocacy are to save ALL human life, and demonstrate love toward those who practice “Biblically deviant behavior.” Faith is always coupled with action.
Finally, pray for a pro-life revival. Great political and social changes have always accompanied revivals. Revivals have resulted from prayer. Jesus taught of the persistent widow who was awarded justice because she wore down the unrighteous judge. He said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them. I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth? ( Luke 18:6-8)
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Jerry is a retired school teacher. He published Woodcutter’s Revival this past year. He also published Revived: Story of Publishing A Christian Novel, is also on Kindle at Amazon.com.
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