How shocked would you be if you realized that the church and the pro-life movement have been laying the groundwork for the current social justice nightmare? Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
How often have you heard pro-life leaders, members of the clergy, and the church at large say things like “we are opposed to abortion, except in cases of rape and incest”. While those two instances are terrible crimes and the perpetrators should face swift, terrible justice, I doubt I need to remind anyone that the baby in the womb is fully human. So why the exception? Because many in the pro-life movement and the church have subconsciously accepted a pair of unBiblical premises. These premises are as follows:
Premise 1: Babies in the womb are somehow less human than babies out of the womb
Premise 2: It is fair to punish the babies for the sin of their father.
Premise one is utter rubbish from both a scientific and Biblical perspective. Science tells us life begins at fertilization (do not use conception, they have redefined the word to mean impantation) and the Bible tells us we are all made in the very Image of God. We are all equal before God, in both our sinfulness and our need of a Savior, as well as in His love for us. Thus babies prior to birth have the same worth as babies post-birth.
Premise two is equally unbiblical. Deuteronomy 24:16 and Ezekial 18:20 make it clear that each person is to be punished for their own sins, not anyone else’s. Yet an abortion exception for “rape and incest” punishes the baby for a sin that is not its own, and almost always more harshly than it punishes the perpetrator of the crime. Such a case is not justice, it is an injustice! Yet Christians and many in the pro-life movement have embraced this injustice in order not to offend the delicate sensibilities of the left, or perhaps because they fundamentally misunderstand what it means to be pro-life.
How does this relate back to social justice you ask? Consider that the entire foundation of social justice is punishing people alive now for the sins of people who died centuries ago. That is their entire line of logic. “White” people in the past did something wrong so “white” people in the present need to promote “black” voices, and permit “blacks” to have the privileges “whites” used to have. That’s what reparation is: people today have to give money to people with more melanin in their skin because of things that happened decades or centuries before anyone alive today was born. This push for “white” people to make way for “black” people because of past wrongs is antithetical to the Bible, but is no different than making a “rape/incest” exception for abortion. The church laid the foundation for its own social justice takeover by abandoning the Biblical text on the abortion issue because it would have made them sound harsh.
As my brother likes to say “Compromise does not convert. Compromise condemns the sinner and corrupts the saint.” If we want to stop the spreading disease of social justice in the church, we cannot compromise. We cannot give ground, we cannot step back even a millimeter from the battle. Because we are in a war. And you don’t fight wars to tie (unless you’re the US in the last 80 years). You fight them to win. Long term, Jesus wins. Short term, we have a lot of ground we’ve lost in the last nearly two centuries of nothing but compromise. No more compromises, no more retreat, no more defeats. It’s time to rise up and proclaim the whole counsel of God, whether it’s popular or not.
PS: I am not intending to denounce the pro-life movement or the awesome work many members of the movement do. They are fantastic and the work they do trying to stop abortions and helping pregnant women is amazing. I wish we had more people who were that dedicated. Rather I am attempting to point out how many of the leaders and politicians associated with the movement have given the church foundation for social justice acceptance by accepting two false premises. It is time for that to change.
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