So it's time for another post about Abolish Human Abortion. My reason for this post is two-fold. First, there's a rumor floating around about them that I want to clear up. I am interested in truth, and in the interest of truth any unfounded rumors need to be quashed. Now it needs to be said that they really make it difficult to want to help them, because even in the course of damage control, they still couldn't resist the opportunity to take pot-shots at pro-life people like me, who believe that incrementalism is the most tactical way that abortion will be stopped, and they insist on this artificial distinction between "pro-life" and "abortion abolitionist."
So anyway, there's a rumor going around that AHA is planning to kidnap women by posing as shuttle volunteers, witnessing to them and driving them around aimlessly in order to make them miss their appointment, most likely depositing them off at a church. Not only would this be completely immoral, but it would be a horrible witness for Christ. Because the media decided to run with it and not actually fact check it, a lot of people were believing that AHA was actually planning this. Thankfully, the rumor is completely false. It was posted to their Facebook page, not actually by anyone affiliated with AHA. So let's please lay this rumor to rest.
My second reason for writing this article is because of an argument that I keep seeing from them. Another excellent article has been written over the theological problems with AHA, and I've written regarding their problematic philosophy, but another argument that I keep hearing is that the church needs to "wake up," get off their collective laurels and start dedicating their lives to ending abortion. That Christians aren't doing their job if they're not out there fighting to end abortion.
Granted, abortion is the human rights issue of the day in the United States (though other countries have similar or different human rights abuses going on). The problem is, it's incredibly short-sighted. The Apostle Paul tells us why in Ephesians 4: 1-16 (NASB):
"Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it says, 'When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men'...And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love."
We are all different parts of the body. If each part of the body all tried to perform the same function, nothing would ever get done. The body would stagnate and die. We are all supposed to stand up for the oppressed, to speak up for those who have no voice. But while abortion is a major issue, it's not the only one. Don't forget that the Great Commission is to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Soul-winning is the most important aspect of the church. If everyone was involving themselves in the pro-life mission, there would be no one out there saving the lost. We'd have no overseas missionaries. Philosophers like William Lane Craig and Alvin Plantinga are fulfilling an important role with their academic studies by engaging academic skeptics and people of other faiths, showing that there is rational basis for belief in Christ. Without the efforts of Christian philosophers and theologians, Christians would be ignorant in their faith. Christianity is not a blind faith. We place faith in God because we have good reason to. This doesn't mean that they never address the topic of abortion, and I'm sure they still support pro-life legislation.
In fact, I only ever see members of AHA grieving over unborn children, and decry apathy of the church for not standing against abortion, but I never see them grieving over the lost, or decrying the apathy of Christians for not dedicating their lives in service of evangelism. Opposing abortion is fundamentally important, and it's what I've been called to do, but I accept that not everyone has this calling. It's a stark reality, but nothing is served for condemning the church for something you have no right to condemn them of. Christians not involved in this ministry can (and do!) still serve us in the ministry by praying for us, financially supporting us, and addressing the issue in their personal lives when it comes up. But not everyone is called to be a full-time pro-life advocate.
So if I have just one thing to say to the members of AHA from this blog post, it would be simply to lighten up on the church. I agree that the church needs to awaken, but not necessarily for the cause of abortion. Organizations like Life Training Institute and Justice for All exist to train people to make the pro-life case effectively and persuasively. There are many evils of our day that the church, in general, needs to awaken to. Abortion simply isn't the highest priority. The highest priority of the church is to save souls. To argue that people involved in missions are doing wrong by not actively opposing abortion is to miss the point entirely.
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