Social media has been especially busy lately, filled with the debate surrounding gun control after the horrific Las Vegas massacre. While one side of the debate demands stricter gun control laws, the other side maintains that gun control is not the problem but the heart of man is what drives people to commit murder. Without getting into the back and forth of the heated feelings on both sides, my hope is to use the debate as a springboard to another hot topic just as emotionally charged as gun control. The debate over abortion rights has become one that continues to erupt with fervor, passion and rage. It is this debate that continues to stir in my heart day and night as it has become apparent The Silencer has seen great success in suppressing the voice of those who believe abortion laws need to change to protect the most innocent. This should not be.
What good are our vocal convictions if we don’t act on them? As believers, we don’t get a pass when it comes to putting action behind our words. In fact, it is more important for the Body of Christ to couple their words with actions than for others. To put it simply: What actions do we take to communicate consistency with the position we take verbally?
Walking as Jesus walked. He lived what He taught. He walked what He talked. If He spoke out against an issue, He would prove His point by acting on it. Every action He took was consistent with His words. And, so must it be with us.
“Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus walked.” (1 John 2:6)
Many believers have taken a firm stand on the abortion issue. They declare that life begins at the moment of conception; any action taken to stop that life constitutes murder. Articles are written with strong arguments backing up their convictions. Social media is replete with emotionally-charged words and memes and testimonies supporting the pro-life position. The problem, however, is that there is still so much that needs to be done to pair the powerful verbal public positions with pro-active vigor. The Silencer has been largely successful because, even after all these years since abortion was legalized, very little has changed. We have to ask ourselves why. For the most part, the pro-abort voice overpowers the pro-life voice because it has become more pro-active in supporting their position, though thankfully this isn’t always the case.
Engaging pro-aborts on social media has been a learning experience. They not only believe they have the right to stop a life created in the image of God–a life with destiny and purpose, but they seem to have a powerful voice in our government. They have lobbied, marched and elected pro-abort legislators who not only create but fight to maintain an atmosphere promoting death. Oh, friends! There is so much more that can be said but let’s not give them the benefit of pinpointing their successes.
While pro-life supporters are just as passionate about their position supporting life in the womb, there lacks the power produced by acting on that passion. While pro-choice politicians continue to be elected, strengthened by impressive funding, pro-life politicians are pressured to maintain a low profile when it comes to their position on abortion in order to secure funding to run for office. This should not be. To complicate the challenge, social media platforms are discriminate when it comes to conservative issues like abortion and gun control (for example, read the following article).
But, that’s not the only way The Silencer has muted the voice of the pro-life population. Pregnancy centers are in need of volunteers and supplies. Babies are in need of adopting. Lawyers are needed to donate services to make adoption affordable. Medical personnel and midwives are needed to donate services. Pro-life counselors are needed to encourage troubled mothers to protect their unborn children. Unwed mothers are in need of support from those who have too often just pointed their fingers are them. Churches need to be a place of love and acceptance–a place of healing and restoration for those who are struggling with family issues. Businesses are needed to promote the pro-life position through advertising and supporting local pro-life services and workers.
As Christians, we must take care to not only talk a good talk but to be sure our walk correlates with our talk. It’s time we make a point of resisting The Silencer in his attempt to make a mockery of the pro-life voice by being engaged in our passionate response to the abortion issue. The time for double-mindedness has passed; we must be single-minded in our words and deeds and make our voices not only heard, but seen through our actions.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil [The Silencer] and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:7-8)
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