Why Do We Do This? - Fighting Against Abortion
Why do God's people fight abortion? Why don't we sit on our hands and do nothing, hoping that Jesus will come and save us from the evil world we live in? When the tide of culture and society is so much against us, why do we even put up a fight at all? These are all very good questions, and every pro-life Christian ought to ask him or herself questions like this. It will be my goal to answer these queries in this article; and by so doing to both encourage you, and spur you on to yet even more action.
The reason we are pro-life, and oppose abortion, is because GOD is pro-life, and opposes abortion. Scriptural evidence of this is abundant; consider the words of Ps. 139:13-14: "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well."
God then forbids the taking of innocent life [viz. a life not guilty of a capital crime, according to the law of God]. This is evident from verses such as Ex. 23:7, which says this: "Keep yourself far from a false matter; DO NOT KILL THE INNOCENT and righteous. For I will not justify the wicked
Next, we ought to address our second question: Why not sit on our hands, and wait for the Lord to take us out of the wicked world? This is a very pertinent question today, and it directly affects a large percentage of evangelical Christians in America. Many are silent on abortion (and other abominations) because they believe that they can do nothing, and that the darker the days become the closer the coming of the Lord. In other words, "Why shine the rails on a sinking ship?" This view, though prominent, is perverse and anti-Scriptural. Christ our Lord commanded that we go into the world and spread the Gospel of grace, and in so doing bring about real change, and the extension of the kingdom of Jesus, our Risen Sovereign. Here are Christ's words to us, from Matt. 28:19-20: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Our third query is related to what we just observed, but it has its own nuance to it: "With the whole world against us, why put up a fight at all?" This is a faithless point of view, and it denies the ultimate power of God over the universe. On top of that, how would we have liked it if God took an attitude and approach like this to our salvation: "Since they're such wicked sinners--I'll just send them all to Hell!?" Our Lord did NOT leave us in our sin, but sent His Son to redeem all of God's people (Matt. 1:2 1). If you are actively pro-life, you are doing the right thing--and your efforts will someday be rewarded.
You may, or may not, live long enough to see abortion be considered unthinkable in America--but that day is sure to come. On top of this, though you will never be saved by your works; and though your works are not meritorious, nor do they obligate God to you in any way--nevertheless, if you are a believer who exercises your pro-life convictions out of a heart that has known the salvation of God, you will someday hear your Savior say to you, "Well done, good and faithful servant, " (Matt. 25:21a).
Mark J. Henninger
Pastor, First Presbyterian Church Of Pottstown, IL 08/94