Proverbs 31: 8-9 reads, "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the
rights of the poor and needy."
Christians are called to defend pre-born boys and girls, who are threatened
by abortion. They are among those "who cannot speak for themselves". They have
no voice. They cannot speak, write, vote, lobby, protest, sue -- in fact, they
can't even pray! They are truly among those Jesus called "the least" of His
brothers and sisters.
We must rescue them from death. We must be on fire with zeal to help people
realize that every abortion puts a real human person to death! Proverbs 24: 11
gives us our marching orders: "Rescue those being led away to death; hold back
those staggering toward slaughter." The next verse then warns us not to be
callous or indifferent to their plight, and not to use any excuses. "If you say,
'But we knew nothing about this', does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person
according to what he has done?" (v.12).
Many Christians are only marginally concerned about abortion. Yet abortion is
a serious violation of justice against the lives of innocent, defenseless
persons at the rate of 4400 per day (some 1.6 million per year) in the U.S.
alone. Christians are called to work for JUSTICE. How can one be concerned for
justice and not defend the unborn? The prophet Amos brings us strong words from
God to those worshipers who do not seek justice: "I hate, I despise your
religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt
offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice
fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of
your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll
on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!" (Amos 5: 21-24).
God can say these words over and over today to those who worship Him but say,
"I'm pro-choice" or "I think a woman should be able to have an abortion", or
"I'm not concerned about abortion". God challenges such people to look the
unborn child in the face, to see the image of God there, and to hear their cry
for JUSTICE and life!
Those who are alert to this cry must, in turn, cry out to others. We must
never be silent about the slaughter of our unborn brothers and sisters.
Scripture again directs us on this point: "Cry out full-throated and
unsparingly, lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; tell my people their
wickedness, and the house of Jacob their sins." (Isaiah 58: 1). Those who know
how wrong abortion is but keep silent are warned, "For the very reason that they
led my people astray, saying, 'Peace!' when there was no peace, and that, as one
built a wall, they would cover it with whitewash, say then to the whitewashers:
I will bring down a flooding rain; hailstones shall fall, and a stormwind shall
break out. And when the wall has fallen, will you not be asked: Where is the
whitewash you spread on?" (Ezekiel 13:10-13).
If we are silent about the killing that we know is taking place through
abortion, God has this to say to us: "You, son of man, I have appointed watchman
for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for
me. If I tell the wicked man that he shall surely die, and you do not speak out
to dissuade the wicked man from his way, he (the wicked man) shall die for his
guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death. But if you warn the wicked
man, trying to turn him from his way, he shall die for his guilt, but you shall
save yourself." (Ezekiel 33: 7-9).
God is a God of life. To destroy innocent human life is an unspeakable evil.
Yet today we find people caring it a "right". Isaiah says, "Woe to those who
call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter'' (Isaiah 5: 20).
Abortion is not a choice which involves only the woman who makes it. It has
consequences for the child in her womb--life or death consequences. We must help
and defend both the child and the mother. "Nor shall you stand by idly when your
neighbor's life is at stake" (Leviticus 19: 16). Over four thousand tiny lives
are at stake this very day because of abortion! Are we really Bible-believing
Christians if we remain silent any longer?