Monday, November 8, 2010

Me, Myself, and I Am

As I become more and more aware of how popular and prevalent abortion is in our society, the more I want to ask the question, “Why?” But the question isn’t, “why do people have abortions?” Rather it is, “Why do people who are honest with themselves and God not fight abortion as vigorously as they should?” Granted there are many people who spend their entire lives fighting this evil, but there are just as many others who are indifferent or put in minimal effort.

Let‘s say someone approaches you and says, “Okay, abortion is wrong, but there are already others who are organized to deal with it. Don’t get all wound up about it. Besides, you might end up offending a lot of people and cause more damage than good.” What would you say to them?

Well, it depends on what your understanding of the Pro-life movement and the Scriptures really is. If you consider Pro-life as merely a charity organization reaching out to those in need and saving the unborn, you only have half of the picture. Plus, you may not recognize that the person above is really asking you, "What could possibly tempt you/me to aid pro-life activists?" or even, “If I join the Pro-life movement, what’s in it for me?”

Keep in mind that being Pro-life is not charity. It is a mission. A Christian fighting for the lives of both baby and mother is constantly aware of a spiritual battle between Christ, the devil, and our sinful hearts. So when one asks in so many words, “What’s in it for me?” it sounds ridiculous and unabashedly selfish. The soldier in battle does not look after his own skin and comfort. He is there at the command of his superior officers and their orders. So what are our orders?

How about Matt. 19:14 which says, "...Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." One might think that this verse has been taken out of context of the original passage. I say it hasn't, knowing that infants in the womb are children, the message is still the same no matter what critics think.

Now that our command has been clearly stated, what might be used as both a warning and encouragement for those who do not consider it motivating? (I like to think of Darth Vader's quote: "Then perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them!). 1 John 3:4 says, “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness”…and 1 John 3:8, “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning…” I can gaurantee that nobody wants to be "of the devil." But if there is a warning, there is also a blessing for those who do His commands. Dt. 7:9 states, "Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations..."

This all leads to an elongated response to your friend’s (or enemy’s) criticism. The bottom line is, if God rewards man in this life or the next it is not the ultimate goal. Glory and love for God is. "Me" is merely the tool for I Am's work and not the focus. So from a purely human perspective there is nothing for Me. I Am is the potter and Me is the clay.

If you are certain that abortion is the work of Beelzebub, and that God has called His children to uphold His laws and statutes, are you willing to do more than your fair share to preserving God’s image? Are you ready to spread the news of the gospel to desperate mothers, fathers, and the will-be-born even if they may hate you or reject His message? Will you trample Me and Myself to smithereens and cling to I Am? Then what are you waiting for?

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