When the news broke out of Philadelphia a couple years back that an abortion doctor had been committing gruesome acts far beyond acceptable practices in the industry, it was quickly condemned. Proponents of abortion spoke out against the atrocities and made the point that this doctor’s butchery is not the norm nor acceptable to them. Opponents of abortion used the horrific details as more ammunition to try and put a stop to all abortions. Meanwhile, the lobbying will continue by both sides. Many voters will cast their votes for candidates based on their stand for or against abortion. There will be protests with dueling signs. There will be marches and heated debates and the usual push and pull. And fifty million dead babies since Roe/v/Wade later – we see little change in the situation.
We have just shared a five-part series concerning the abortion issue. We attempted to present a proper Biblical view that shares foundational truths to inform our readers as they consider this very important subject. The main purpose of the blogs was to help the reader become more willing and more comfortable in having conversations about abortion with the people God has placed in their lives.
In the first paragraph above, it was mentioned that little change has taken place over these many years. In revisiting that assertion, it must be noted that there has been positive change for the pro-life side (a little means a lot in this life and death struggle). Those who have lobbied, voted, peacefully protested, marched, intelligently debated, and provided alternative choices for women have made a real difference against great odds. Still, much of this happens on the mean streets of politics and the culture wars. Abortion will never come to an end there. Abortion will only dry up and become a grievous memory through conversations at the dinner table, over the backyard fence, across the desk, on the porch, the pew, and wherever the people of God speak of it with wisdom, grace, and seasoned with the salt of truth. Too often we want to leave it all in the hands of those brave souls on the front lines of those mean streets. Let them do the fighting and get the laws changed. But only changed minds and changed hearts will purge these killing fields of the most innocent and vulnerable from among us.
We must engage with one mind, one heart, another mind and another heart with questions, with answers, with truth – in conversations. We need to speak on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. But again, are we?