Edmond Burke said, “The only thing needed for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing. ” For far too long, the Lord’s church has set idly by while atrocities are committed all around us. We concern ourselves with inconsequential matters, like the color of carpet in our church buildings, while over a million babies are murdered in the United States of America every year! It makes you wonder how similar we are to those good Germans who turned a blind eye to the holocaust. How many more babies will have to die before the Lord’s church says something!
One of my favorite passages, as it concerns life in the womb, is Luke 1:41-44, “And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, andblessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.'” Notice, the “baby” leaped in her womb. The “fetus” did not leap in her womb; the “baby” did! In fact, Elizabeth said that John “leaped for joy.” No one but a human can leap “for joy”!
What can you do?
1. Vote! One of the greatest gifts we have been given is the freedom to vote! However, (and I realize this sounds incredibly harsh) Christians are often selfish and sinful with their vote! What could possibly justify a Christian voting for a candidate (or a party) who supports abortion? Economic reasons? Friend, surely you jest! How can we possibly stand before the Creator and say, “I voted for a man, who kept the slaughter of unborn children legal, because I liked his stance on economic issues.”? If you vote for a candidate (or a party) who supports abortion, then you support abortion, period! Do not make the claim to support life if you will not cast your vote in favor of life!
Furthermore, if you do not vote at all, you cannot claim to support life. If you stand on the sidelines while PEOPLE are being murdered and you do not exercise your right to stop it, you cannot claim you want to stop it! Vote; and when you vote keep this in mind, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).
2. Pray! I do not know if I have EVER heard someone pray during worship, “Lord please help us to end the murder of unborn children.” Why are we not praying about this, publicly and privately?! During droughts, we hear Christians beg for rain because their lawns, crops, and livestock are dying. But millions of babies are being slaughtered and God’s people are not crying out for help! There is something dreadfully wrong with this picture!
3. Preach! Whether from the pulpit or from the pews, we must not remain silent! God told Ezekiel, “If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand” (Ezekiel 3:18). How horrible would it be on the Day of Judgement to hear, “Babies were being killed; precious lives that I created. And you said nothing!”
Say something! Say something to your church family! Say something to your congressmen! Say something to your community! Say something to the poor young ladies who think that abortion is the only answer! Might you offend someone by saying, “This is wrong?” Yes! That is the cost! But what is the cost of saying nothing? Lives! Millions and millions of lives!
There may very well be someone who reads this who has had an abortion. I want to assure you that there is room at the cross, where there is mercy and forgiveness for all! I would encourage you to do what Paul was encouraged to do, “And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name” (Acts 22:16). And if you are washed in the blood of Christ, then forgive yourself as Christ has forgiven you!
I love you and the God who created life loves you!