Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Won Over Through Acts of Love, Grace and Peace: Thoughts on Abortion - Part 3

I propose that corporately, we try mass acts of love, grace and peace.

The next time you see a young girl who is pregnant, rather than looking at her disapprovingly and shaking your head, why don’t you ask her what she needs? Does she need maternity cloths? A ride to a doctor’s appointment? Does she need money? A safe place to stay? Maybe she needs friend who will walk with her through this hard time in her life. The next time you stand in front of an abortion clinic, rather than holding a sign or hurling insults, talk to some of the women. Get to know them as people. Ask if there is some way you can help. Maybe the baby is an inconvenience, maybe it is going to be born with a physical defect. Maybe they do not want the baby and do not know of anyone who would.

Maybe you should offer to adopt it if she will carry it to full term.

That sounds extreme to you, doesn’t it?

That is precisely the problem.

What is stopping us from overturning abortion is not politicians, it is our own selfish hearts. We see the vision, but don’t have the ambition to grasp it.

What it would take to stop abortion outside of politics would be far more costly than standing outside a building for a couple of hours or signing a petition. It would take personal investment in another human being. It would take us getting our hands a little dirty while keeping our hearts and actions pure and peaceful. It might cost us money. It will cost us time and it will be hard work. It will mean many, many hours spent in prayer and fasting. It might cost us our pride. It might even cost us our lives.

However, that is the way that Jesus conquered. Changing the world through servant-hood and sacrifice was not the way that the Jewish people expected, was it? He did not come as a king, to overthrow the corrupt government of his day. He did not petition or bargain with the politicians. In fact, he did not even speak with them very much. He did not raise up a mob of followers to do his bidding.

What he did was wash his disciples’ feet. He fed crowds of people who were hungry. He healed people from their illnesses and freed them from demons. He hung out with poor and diseased people, tax collectors, crooks, fishermen and prostitutes. Christ never expected anyone to be perfect, but was angry when they pretended to be. He came for the lost, the hurting, the sinners, the broken and the dead. When he died, he conquered sin and death and when he rose again, he told his disciples to, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16)

Jesus told us to bring the good news to sinners, not to ostracize them. He told us to pour our lives out for them in his name, not to look down on them. Not just the convenient or easy people to love, not just the white ones, the pretty ones, the clean ones, the honest, intelligent, healthy, whole ones. He said to love people as you have been loved. (You, who were at enmity with God and dead in your sin, you who did not deserve grace but had it given freely anyway.) Christ did whatever it cost to overcome sin and to glorify God the Father. It cost him his life and his father looking away from him because he took on our sin. Are you willing to follow Christ’s model, his form of love?

Reaching out and touching people’s hearts in honest, tangible, Christ centered love is ultimately the only way that the abortion crisis will be stopped. Why? Because, until people see Christ, and his glory rightly, they will never be moved to repentance and faith in him. If we continue down the path that we have been on with the anti-abortion movement, at best we will only see behavior modification in the form of a few less abortions. We will not see eradication of abortion forever because people’s hearts have changed.

The point of ending abortion often becomes obscured. It is not just about social justice, or racism, or human rights, although all of those things are important. Ending abortion is about God. It is about his glory, and his will. It is about the fact that we were created by him, made in his image and have been bought with a price, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

My prayer is that souls would be won over by the beauty of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and the sacrifice of his saints in the form of love, grace and peace. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)


Go Do Something. - Tavia Pitkanen

Also, see James 1:22-27, 2:14-26.

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