Thursday, October 27, 2011

Believe it or Not, Jesus Also Died for the Sin of Abortion

Yesterday I talked about the pro-choice movement with a special focus on those in the church who are pro-choice.  Today I am going to talk about another kind of Christian.  Today I want to talk about many of those who are involved in the pro-life movement.  I am talking about those who protest in front of abortion clinics.  Some Christians do get this part right, but many do not.  Sadly, we sometimes forget just who the enemy is and take our battles out against the doctors or those who would abort their unborn child.  That does no good in the war for our children and does nothing for the kingdom of God.  If anything, it has more of a chance of hurting the kingdom then expanding it.  If we understand who the enemy is and how to battle that enemy, we will make much more progress in the war. 
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places].  Ephesians 6:12 NKJV
Our enemy is not the doctor or the woman who hires him, but the spirit behind their actions.  I am not saying that performing or having an abortion are not evil acts.  I am not saying that what they are doing are not sins that deserve eternal separation from God.  Holding signs pointing that out, though, are only stating the obvious and making a terrible situation even worse.  You see, while those acts are terrible things, we must remember the old adage to hate the sin but love the sinner.  I know that sounds difficult.  How do you love a man who spends his days killing innocent unborn babies?  How do you love the woman who is having her fourth abortion because she wants to be "free" to do what she wants and not live with any of the consequences?  How do you love those whose life work is to perpetuate that wicked system?  You do so by the power of the Holy Spirit that lives inside you.  You love them as Jesus loved and forgave the Roman guards who just scourged and humiliated him and then nailed him to a wooden cross left to die slow and painfully.  You love them just as Stephen loved and forgave those men who were about to stone him.  You love them because Christ compels you to love them.  You love them while they are the same vile miserable sinners you once were.  You know the Scriptures that we all deserve eternal separation from God.  You know the Scriptures that say that without Christ we are dead in our sins.  Now you must live it. They are where you once were and you must reach out to them with the love of Christ.

That's not what many of us do, though, is it?  We stand outside those clinics holding our signs proclaiming that what they are doing is sin (as if they do not know that already) or calling into question their character.  I mean, to hold up signs calling them something along the lines of "whore" is making a judgement based on facts you have no way of even knowing.  What you are doing is not making progress for the kingdom, but playing right into the enemy's hands.  The goal of Satan is not the abortion, but in separating that person who performs it or receives it from God.  His only interest in dead babies is that it serves his purpose of driving people further from God.  Dead babies are only a means to his true end, which is dead souls.  When we stand outside those clinics with signs and calling names, we are only serving his purpose of driving those people away from God.  Congratulations, the work you think you are doing for God is really only working to serve Satan. I know that is not your desire, I know your heart is for those babies, but you really need to evaluation your actions. 

What we have to do is not limit our outreach to just saving babies, we have to be concerned about saving souls.  In fact, the Bible never tells us to save babies, but it does tell us to preach Jesus Christ.  I am not saying that being concerned for the innocent slaughter of our unborn children is a bad thing, but I am saying that it is not the Great Commission.   In fact, that is the way to save babies.  If you want there to be a new law, there first has to be a new heart.  If you want a mother to keep her child, God has to change her.  If you want a doctor to stop performing abortions, God has to change his heart.  Standing outside with bullhorns and signs is not going to save any souls or babies.  Doctors and patients can just go elsewhere.  Babies will still be killed.  Souls will still go to Hell.  Nothing will have been accomplished except to turn people away from the cross.  If the mother to be comes to Jesus, and her heart is changed, you will have saved a baby and gained a sister.  If a doctor who performs abortions comes to Jesus, and his heart is changed, you will have saved many babies and gained a brother.  We can not express hatred, we are never called to express hatred to anyone, but we are called to love and loving them is what we must do.

That love we have for them can not just be some abstract kind of love that you just say you have because God tells you to have it.  That love has to be expressed.  Instead of holding up signs that call names and tell a sinner that she sins, why not hold out your hands with offers of prayer and to share with them the love of Jesus Christ.  Instead of giving out pictures of aborted fetuses or ultrasounds of unborn babies, why not hand out Bibles.  Instead of preaching condemnation for their actions, why not preach the forgiveness that is in Jesus Christ.  Yes abortion is a sin and it should be called a sin, but it is just as filthy and deserving of death as the sins you committed before Christ.  It is the job of the Holy Spirit to convict them of their sin, it is our job to share with them the hope that is in Jesus Christ.  And what if we fail and they go inside and have their abortion anyway?  Then we do the same thing on their way out. We may have lost a baby, but we can still gain a soul.  We must still have those same offers of prayer, we must still share the same message of grace and forgiveness.  We must let them know that Jesus still paid for that sin and that He still wants them to accept that free gift paid for by His blood.  The same applies to the doctors.  Calling them murderers only serves their hard hearts.  Trust me, if there is any hope for them, the Holy Spirit is convicting them of that already.  It is our job to share Jesus while the Holy Spirit does His job and convicts them of their sin and of the truth of what you are saying. 

What it all comes down to is conforming ourselves to God's desire that all should be saved.  It is not for us to pick and choose who should hear the Gospel and when, but to preach the Gospel always and to all.  Those women who are about to or who have committed the sin of abortion must be reached out to for Jesus.  I know I write much about righteous living in this blog, but please know that what I write about are the effects of being saved.  If not for the grace of Jesus, we may be heading into an abortion clinic ourselves, paying for one for our girlfriend, or a doctor performing one.  Never think that you are anything better than they are before Jesus. You were just as much a slave to sin as they were, and even if not the same sin, it was just as wretched before our Holy God.  Their actions reflect the reality that they are slaves to sin and in that they are slaves to their flesh and their passions.  They do not have the Holy Spirit, they are the Old Man, and they are spiritually dead.  Expecting sinners to do anything but sin is not Scriptural.  If we were able to cease from sin, then Jesus would not have had to die.  Yes, love and pray for those babies being set up for slaughter, but reach out in love to the women and doctors murdering those babies and share with the grace and love offered through Jesus Christ.  In the end, the best way to save the lives of babies is for God to save the souls of those mothers and doctors.  So while you are praying for those babies, make sure you pray for them just as earnestly.  Love the sinner, just as Jesus loved you while you were still a sinner, just as someone who loved Jesus loved you enough to share with you the hope that is in Him. 
The Lord is not slack concerning [His] promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 NKJV

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