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Some Christians Are on the Wrong Side of the Planned Parenthood Debate

Today the Planned Parenthood protests will take place across the country. After several weeks of videos from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), those opposed to infanticide will finally take to the streets en masse.

Of course the supporters of Planned Parenthood, a Federally funded women’s health organization that participates in abortions across the country, are attempting counter protests. I’m not sure if they’ll stick to their usual tactic of countering arguments by claiming that those against abortion are “right wing nuts” or “religious zealots”, but I do know that it is now much more difficult for them to defend abortion itself.

The existential benefit of seeing images of unborn human persons and hearing the testimonies of those who sell their body parts (tissue has no body parts) has won the hearts of those that mere logical argument would not.

The videos and photographs that have been released by CMP have awakened those who thought the fight against abortion was over and have enlightened those who have been on the fence.

Unfortunately, there remain those who claim Christ that are not swayed by our arguments against abortion. Some Christians are on the wrong side of the Planned Parenthood debate. They remain unconvinced that the Bible speaks against abortion. One lady on my FB wrote…

“I’m tired of religious bias. I’m tired of rhetoric not based in study or education or compassion. I’m tired of the use of verses that do not say anything at all about the topic they are applied to. I’m tired of the stripping away of women’s dignity and the constant demoralizing of reproductive decisions that women make with medical professionals. I’m tired of the harshness of the religious rhetoric. I’m tired of hearing that abortion is a sin. There is no verse anywhere in the Bible that discusses abortion, and shame on all of you who use the Bible as a weapon of damnation for those who make this decision.”

This lady who is obviously angry about the exposure of her golden calf has either misunderstood what abortion is (not likely), knows little of the teachings of the Bible, or is a post-modern deconstructionist of the first degree.

Sadly, she is not the only Christian with whom I am acquainted that has this misconception. Lets examine her argument though because it represents their view fairly well.

She says that she is tired of religious bias.

Well, I would simply ask this question, is she not expressing religious bias? She is claiming to be Christian and her indignation is laced with so much Christian moralism and ethic that come from her particular point of view. Bias is the expression of favor of some idea or worldview, isn’t it?

She says that she is tired of rhetoric not based on education or compassion.

The fact that most of the protesters today have watched seven videos is at least a minimal education, but that’s not all of their education. Most of those folks will be armed with logical arguments that may or may not include Biblical arguments and both ought to be considered education.

Make no mistake though; knowledge of the situation is not what she means. She means to say that anything that doesn’t agree with her point of view is uneducated and is uncompassionate because her assumption is that anyone against abortion is against women. “How can anyone be ‘educated’ if they are not the one who is having the abortion?” That is her argument.

This ad hoc argument is in fact rhetoric. She is tired of rhetoric. My suggestion to her; stop using it so badly.

She says that she is tired of people using verses that have no application to the topic they are applied to.

I suppose she is angry that folks opposed to killing unborn human persons refer to Exodus 20:13.

“You shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:13, ESV)

or maybe Christ when he reiterates this passage to the religious nit pickers…

He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness,” (Matthew 19:18, ESV)

I guess those are too ambiguous for her particular exegetical fancy. Oh, and I’m always amazed when these things are pointed out and people like her will attempt to spin it by quoting Jesus when he says…

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” (Matthew 5:21–22, ESV)

Isn’t it fair to say that Christ is not condoning murder here?

He is merely saying that we are all guilty. That is by no means an excuse to kill an unborn human person.

She wants the constant demoralizing of reproductive decisions made between women and their medical professional to stop.

If a decision is immoral does it matter who makes it? If a doctor decides to end the life of someone immorally, isn’t it still wrong? If a woman decides to kill her child, does it matter that she is a woman?

This is gobbledygook! It’s not even rhetoric. It’s definitely not logical.

She’s tired of the harshness of religious rhetoric.

Religious people are tired of her tiring defense of the public funding of the murder of unborn human persons!

She is tired of people using the Bible as a weapon of damnation for those who make this decision.

First of all, if people use the Bible as a tool of damnation, they shouldn’t. The Bible is the story of Christ. He is the one who damns and the good news is that Christ died to forgive the sin of abortion. Although he was a man, he is acquainted with the sorrow of women as well as men. He loves those unborn human persons but he also loves the mothers who carry them.

He is not merely a God of love and mercy though. He is a righteous judge and it is his words that condemn this act. We are not to condemn those who make this decision but we are to speak the truth of what he says about this decision and that is not up for debate!

Interestingly, this lady ends her post by quoting James 1:26…

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” (James 1:26, ESV)

I’m not sure if this is intentional irony but it is ironic regardless as she destroys two of her previous points by both using a passage that has no application to this as a weapon to condemn people. LOL!

In fact, the very next verse describes true religion.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27, ESV)

Orphans and widows are the defenseless in the culture of James. Today, that would likely include unborn human persons.

Pure religion makes a stand today for the defenseless. Hopefully it will make the same difference it did in the culture of Rome as Christians went to the local dumps to adopt the unwanted female babies that Roman citizens would simply discard as trash.

I’m sure each Christian wasn’t convinced of the rightness of saving the discarded babies of Rome just as some are not convinced of the ethical duty we have to defend the unborn today.

Some Christians are on the wrong side of the Planned Parenthood debate. But, by the grace of God and real education (exclaiming truth), that is changing.

It is time to be courageous and defend the hope you have graciously, especially to those who should know better.

 

 

 

Donnie
I was born in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, born again at a very young age, married a beautiful and likeminded woman, moved to Tennessee, and raised two children in the Southern traditions of loving God and neighbor, exercising manners, and being stewards of the land and its bounty. After becoming involved in youth ministry in our local church, the need of teaching people "what they believe and why they believe it" became painfully apparent, especially in my immediate context (rural Southern churches). We began an apologetics/theology ministry there but have since moved on. After serving in church leadership and being called to faithfulness and duty to protect our congregation from a rogue pastor under church discipline of his previous church, my experiences in this biblical process shape much of what I believe about how churches in the South have become weak and why nominal Christianity is prevalent. I love the Church and Southern culture so you can expect to read about apologetics and theology as well as church and culture here, written southern style, by the grace of God. Deo Vindice
http://www.southernbyhisgrace.com

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