He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. – Mark 16:15
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. – Proverbs 24:11
My wife and I were invited to a fundraising dinner for an organization that provides Christian based pre-birth counseling to those that are contemplating decisions upon discovering that pregnancy is an issue. The truth of the matter is this organization helps women (and men) understand the issues surrounding decisions they will be making prior to a child’s birth. The dinner was fabulous, the company at our table was perfect. The topic…crucial.
As the keynote speaker stated, abortion is the preeminent social issue of our time. In fact, it isn’t even in our time. This issue has been around for thousands of years in different contexts. From before Christ’s incarnation in pagan cultures and following through to today. The statement was also made, that the issue isn’t new, it’s just our turn. It’s our turn to take a stand to defend the defenseless. It’s our turn to present the Gospel in such a way that it focuses on God’s grace in lieu of condemnation for non planned pregnancy and the ramifications of abortion.
With the world (the flesh centered world) presenting the message of “pro-choice”, the Gospel takes a back seat to the absence of consequences of our actions. The reality is, the Gospel doesn’t take a back seat to anything. The consequences of sin cannot be avoided. But in the face of those consequences, we can help others see the glory of God’s will and how someone can participate in His perfect will.
As disciples of the living Christ, we are all called to be on a mission from God, and without a doubt, abortion is not only an aspect of that mission, it’s got to be the battle cry for all Christians that the unborn must be protected. The challenge is what role each of us will take on in that mission. Perhaps, you are called to be directly active in an organization that provides pro-life counseling, perhaps you are called to use your voice in the political arena for this call. Perhaps you are called to financially support these ministries. Regardless of the call, we must participate.
The keynote speaker shared statistics that showed that not only are Christian pregnancy centers flourishing, the abortion centers are closing. God is answering prayers and is calling us to take part in His miracle.