Thursday, January 31, 2019

Go and Sin No More

Jesus' Message Rings True Even Today as Pro-Choicers Call Out Christians for Their Pro-Life Stance!

Over the past few weeks since the new, New York abortion law has made headlines many Christians have taken a hard and vocal stand against abortion, a new awakening of the Pro-Life movement if you will. Many of these brothers and sisters in Christ have long since (myself included) been quiet on the issue even though they (we) held a Pro-Life belief. This now vocal stand has been attacked as being against Christian values even many professing Christians are arguing against this vocal stance, even going so far as to say that Jesus would not be vocal against abortion because He would not want to offend or hurt the women who have had abortions. This is a very bold and inaccurate accusation.

I stand very strongly against abortion; I am outraged at the abhorrent laws that seem to be sprouting up in every blue state in this great nation allowing a woman to abort a baby all the way up until birth. This does not mean that I do not love a woman who has had an abortion, is contemplating an abortion, or even one who believes in abortion. Many scriptures have been misused in chastising those who have been vocal about their Pro-Life stance, one of them is Jesus' encounter with the woman who had been caught in adultery.

In the book of John Chapter 8, a group of men brings forward a woman who they had caught in the act of adultery. They asked Jesus if they should do as the Law of Moses stated and stone her. Jesus responds by telling them that the one who is without sin should cast the first stone and one by one the mend departed until only Jesus and the woman remained. Jesus asks the woman where everyone went, did nobody condemn you? She responded that nobody had. Jesus' response is that nor does he condemn her and that she should leave and sin no more.

It is easy to look at this and say see Jesus did not condemn the woman for her sin. This is true Jesus did not condemn her but this lack of condemnation is not the same as saying that He did not judge her. Jesus clearly judged her actions as sinful and against God's law because He tells her to leave and sin no more. He recognized that adultery was sin and she needed to stop. What we need to pull from this is that Jesus forgives all sin however He does not condone it. We have salvation in Jesus which is a get out of jail free card, but it is not a free pass to sin.

Another example that has been poorly interpreted and used inappropriately in defense of the Pro-Choice movement is that Jesus was not sent to judge the world so we should not judge people either. This is taking the verse John 3:17 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him" and once again interchanging the word condemn and judge as meaning the same thing. Let us also not forget what is said about judging one another and holding one another accountable such as in Proverbs 27:17 "As Iron sharpens Iron, so one person sharpens another." We are called to make judgments on what is right and wrong using the Word of God to correct and lovingly rebuke one another, removing those who do not align themselves with the righteousness of God from our flock.

Although I do not condemn anybody, I am acting biblically on the authority of God to judge abortion and stand against it because the Word of God clearly states that life begins at conception and murder is sin. I personally took the stance that I would not be vocal on my thoughts about abortion as I was worried that I might scare a lost woman away from Jesus. However, the cost of my (as well as many other Christians) silence on this matter has become too great to ignore. I am reminded that if God believes that there is just one soul out of one hundred that can be saved he will leave the ninety-nine to save the one. With this in mind, I find comfort in speaking for the millions of children who can't speak for themselves that are being murdered each and every year that abortion remains not only easily accessible but legal.

As for any woman who feels guilt or shame for having an abortion, I would remind them that there is forgiveness in Jesus and that not only do I still love them but more importantly Jesus still loves them. If you have come to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior and are upset at your brothers and sisters for being vocally Pro-Life in fear of chasing other women like you away from God, maybe God is calling you into ministry for these very same women. Maybe He is trying to use a mistake you made in your life to glorify His Kingdom just as He uses many of us and our mistakes to do the very same.

Jesus did not come to condemn the world this is true, but He did not come to glorify or downplay our sin either. Jesus takes sin very seriously, and in His love for the world He paid the ultimate price for the sin we couldn't afford. So yes I am unapologetically and vocally Pro-Life. No this does not mean I love a woman any less for her choices. Yes, I am still following Jesus by taking a hard stand against the murder of innocent children. 

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