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Abortion and Christian Silence

In the nineteenth century, most Christians remained silent about the horrors of slavery. In the twentieth century most Christians remained silent about the horrors of Nazism. In the twenty-first century most Christians remain silent about the horrors of abortion. There is blood on the hands of the Christian church. We have remained silent when we should have spoken out. We have looked the other way when we should have paid attention to the sins of the land. We have surrounded ourselves with comfort and ease, when we should have lived a Christlike sacrificial life. And there are wolves amongst the flock spreading lies and deception, yet the church has allowed these false brethren in, and even welcomed them. Jesus made this crystal clear when he said in Matthew 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”

Those are terribly strong words, but they are necessary words. There are all sorts of people running around claiming to be Christians who are clearly no such thing. Jesus said in the verses immediately preceding this passage that we are to judge a person by his fruit (Matt. 7:15-20).

On the issue of abortion it seems we have a lot of rotten fruit-bearers. Those claiming to be followers of Jesus who militantly support the killing of the unborn are a key example of this I would think. And consider one blatant case: American president Barack Obama. While he likes to tell us he is a Christian, this simply does not square with the fact that he has been the most pro-abortion president in US history. He has declared war on the unborn, and has consistently worked for pro-death legislation. Consider what he has just said as the US marked the 39th anniversary of its infamous abortion decision, Roe v Wade. He called it a “historic anniversary”, and actually said this: “we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams”. There you have it folks: for Obama, abortion helps daughters “fulfill their dreams”. Incredible. Talk about a wolf in sheep’s clothing. What about the dreams of the daughters in the womb? What about their future? What about their constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? For Obama the charlatan, it seems that the feminist gospel is all that matters – as long as women can pursue a career and the like, that is all that matters. Who cares how many babies are slaughtered along the way? That does not mean anything to the current president.

One person who is a real Christian and who refuses to remain silent about abortion is Kelly Clinger, a former backup singer for pop star Britney Spears, who had two abortions when she was in her early twenties. She is now very outspoken about the evils of abortion and the need to smash the wall of silence on this. She has just recently written a moving piece about returning to an abortion mill where she had her own baby killed some 12 years ago. I offer part of her story here:

“As I pulled into a parking spot, I sat in the car for a minute and closed my eyes. I wanted to pray that I wouldn’t fall apart; but before I could utter a word, a movie began playing in my head. I could see that hurting, desperate 23-year-old girl who pulled into this very same parking spot in 2000. And suddenly I remembered it all:

“Every room in that building. The faces of the nurses. The pictures of angel’s wings on the ceiling. I remembered tripping on my way to the car because I was drugged and crying uncontrollably. I even remembered the abortionist’s hands. Perhaps I was being naïve, but I wasn’t prepared for the flood of emotions that came.

“I also didn’t expect to be overcome with compassion for the mothers and fathers who were arriving one after the other and were convinced that killing their child was their only choice. I could tangibly sense the despair and the hopelessness they felt. I remember it so well.”

She concludes with these powerful words: “As I left, I tried driving through my tears. How do you get past the heaviness that you feel for the babies and for the women who will suffer depression, addiction, suicidal thoughts, and lifelong regret?

“However, once I stopped crying, I became very angry…like Jesus-turning-over-tables angry. My friend John, who prays outside of this clinic every day, said that he cannot get one church to support him. He wasn’t even talking about financial support…he was talking about prayer support, sending people to pray, anything. This infuriates me. Honestly, this makes me never want to step foot in a church again.

“There are hundreds of churches within a 15-mile radius of this Orlando abortion clinic. While they are updating their offices, paying for sound systems, and preaching their fluffy messages, babies are dying…over 3000 a day. Friends, hear me, we must shake off our dullness and be SILENT NO MORE and STAGNANT no more!

“I am angry with pastors who never mention abortion and will not lend a hand to people like my friend, John. I am angry with those who think that writing a check is enough and never think about actually doing anything for the unborn. I am angry with Christians who do nothing to stand for the least of these and still call themselves Christians. GOD HAVE MERCY.”

Enough silence. It stinks to high heaven. Christians in general, and Christian leaders in particular, will give an account of this deadly silence one day. What will they say? What excuses will they make? How will they try to justify their appalling silence in the face of this great moral holocaust which took place all around them?

Will the church of Jesus Christ stand condemned because of its despicable and cowardly silence on the abortion holocaust? Or will it rise up and speak out on the great moral issue of our day?

The choice is ours. We must choose quickly, and we must choose wisely.

By: Bill Muehlenberg shared

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