Saturday, March 31, 2012
Day 39 of 40 Days For Life - Who Is the Enemy?
When I arrived at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Pembroke Pines this afternoon it was pouring rain with gusty winds, but the 40 Days For Life group was on the sidewalk opposite the clinic braving the rain and wind in blue parkas.
After it cleared up I noticed we had visitors - first three then two "pro-choice" advocates with signs. One read "Honk if you're pro-choice" another "End Ignorance Not Abortion Be Pro-Choice."
The term "pro-choice" is an oxymoron when used in the abortion debate. As I've said before, you cannot extend to a woman the right (choice) to kill her unborn child, as the U. S. Supreme Court has done, without at the same time denying her child the right (choice) to live.
As for the reference to "ignorance," well, you be the judge. As Randy Alcorn has noted, "To be prochoice about someone's right to kill is to be antichoice about someone else's right to live...The pro-choice position always overlooks the victim's right to choose...The blacks didn't choose slavery. the Jews didn't choose the ovens. And the babies don't choose abortion...Abortion rights are not reproductive rights, but child killing rights."
If the truth of his reasoning is “ignorant,” I plead guilty.
We need look no further than Jesus to explain how educated, intelligent people can embrace the pro-choice rhetoric as counterintuitive as it is. He declared that the devil was a "murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth. When he lies he speaks his native language for he is a liar and the father of lies." (John 8:44) Lies and murder have always gone hand in hand. Deception and murder are endemic to abortion - in fact they characterize the abortion industry. Those who defend and promote it have been deceived.
Perhaps what is even more distressing is that the vast majority of those claiming to be “pro-life,” live as though abortion was not ravaging our nation. Life goes on with an apparent blind eye to the ritual bloodshed taking place at abortion mills and hospitals in our neighborhoods and communities. A similar ambivalence allowed slavery to be perpetuated for several hundred years in our “Christian” nation. How could that have happened? Deception. The same deception that is allowing history to repeat itself in regard to abortion.
Today, as I watched the prochoice advocates holding their signs, I reminded myself that the advocates of abortion are not the “enemy.” In fact the medical staff and all those associated with the butchering of the unborn are not the enemy. Paul identified the enemy when he wrote of the unseen reality behind this kind of evil,
‘...our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV)
To the Corinthians he wrote,
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
(2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV emphasis mine)
To young Timothy he gave these instructions,
“Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”
(2 Timothy 2:25-26 emphasis mine)
Ending abortion is Church business. The Church is the only institution spiritually equipped to engage the satanic forces behind abortion.
Paul said as much,
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV)
We have been sufficiently armed for the warfare,
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority... And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Colossians 2:9-10,15 NIV)
The Church must take the lead in the effort to end abortion. The battle to end abortion is ours to win or lose.
“If you fail under pressure, your strength is not very great.
Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death;
Don’t stand back and let them die.
Don’t try to avoid responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it.
For God knows all hearts, and he sees you.
He keeps watch over your soul, and he knows you knew!
And he will judge all people according to what they have done.”
(Proverbs 24:10-12 NLT emphasis mine)