Why the heck are you bothering?
It’s obvious that it’s nothing to do with babies to your church. It’s the threat of there being less Christians, women gaining complete autonomous bodily freedom and keeping them subservient to the church, just like way back in olden times, when they stoned people to death for adultery. The dogma matters more than the babies, you wouldn’t care about that baby unless they can adopt one or two and use it to guilt-trip more women into keeping their baby, regardless of the baby’s state (such as the baby being dead and septic/being born of rape). Your church is NOT “Pro-life”, they are pro gender-inequality and Theocracy, so stop pretending you are looking out for baby’s welfare! You’re making the real pro-lifers look bad, and making the pro-abortionists look good!
And you’re all being far too extreme. What happened to peaceful protest? I’ve seen and heard of women being horribly harrassed and tricked by fake doctors thanks to the members of this campaign. Why are you causing them more pain than they’re already going through just by giving up the child? An abortion is actually scarring emotionally, but sometimes it really is necessary – many women cannot love a child because they fear they might grow up to be just like their rapist, and rape is even worse than an abortion – it’s been called “worse than death”. And what if the child is already dead? Or if the child will be born with a disorder that will make them never see the age of 5? Wouldn’t it be kinder to get an abortion rather than just watch a baby die, thus scarring the mother more?
And finally, do you really think God will approve of this? God knows all and sees all. Do they think he would be happy knowing that your campaign is not only being violent to other people, but there is no genuine benevolence behind your church’s actions? That the Church is notdoing this for his glory, or to actually aid the woman or the child, but for it’s own benefit?!
I am truly disgusted and glad that I am not a Christian. Well, not your kind of “Christian” – I respect only true Christians, who believe in being good to people and respecting others decisions and beliefs. Your church has none of these characteristics.
My initial gut response to this email is to weep. My second response is anger. My third response is compassion. My fourth response is hope! Let me briefly tell you why I respond these ways.
Why do I weep at this email? I weep very sad tears at the hardness of heart that would write such things. I weep that anyone would have such obvious vehemence against actions and beliefs that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise. I weep at the hardness of heart and spiritual blindness that clearly blocks you from seeing yourself rightly. You say that you respect “only true Christians, who believe in being good to people and respecting others decisions and beliefs.” Clearly, you don’t respect our decisions and aren’t “being good” to us as you write with such anger and venom. Clearly, you aren’t interested in “being good” to the unborn child who is living, real, and growing in a mother’s womb. What you love is your beliefs and those who believe like you. Anyone (especially those who love Jesus and see God’s Word as authoritative and beautiful and are willing to speak those words in love to others) are treated equally as poorly as the helpless child growing in a mother’s womb who doesn’t want her child. By what you wrote, you display your own spiritual blindness to your own sins. You say that you like the kind of people who “do good to others and respect others decisions and beliefs,” yet, how are you “doing good to others” and “respecting others beliefs?” You’re hating others who don’t cling to your creeds. There is no question that you are hating the unborn baby! You do worse than stand aside and let it happen-you give yourself proactively to encourage it and praise those who murder. You also attack those who seek to protect, love, and speak on behalf of those who are weak and cannot speak for themselves (yet). I weep when I encounter such high levels of spiritual blindness.
My second response is anger. Why? Well, Biblically, anger can be a sin, and I fear edging close to that line. Yet, in some cases, to NOT get angry would be sin. When gross injustice, murder, outright rejection of God, and hostility against Jesus doesn’t “work a person up” emotionally, something is wrong. I am angry that you (and others who believe like you) rejoice to see babies murdered and radically malign and slander us and assign false motives to our actions. That angers me! I’m angry because I believe God is angry at these things! He hates to see children, created in His image, discarded like old clothes. God is holy and He does not “tolerate” those who hate Him, hate others and practice sin and lawlessness. God is a God of vengeance. He will one day judge every person, according to their deeds and the wicked shall go into everlasting punishment (hell). Whether you believe these things or not doesn’t change the reality of these truths. Hell is real, and it is reserved for those whose deeds/lives are marked by wickedness. Those who “not only do wicked things, but give approval to others who do them” (see Romans 1:21—33) will one day stand before Him and be forced to give an account for everything that they have done (2 Corinthians 5:10). On that day, unless you repent and believe in the good news of Jesus, then you will face an eternity of wrath. You will pay for your rebellion against a holy God who made you, gave you life, sustains you even today, and sent His perfect Son for you.
This leads to my third response, which is compassion. While I do believe (because of the tone of your letter mixed with the actual treatment I receive from abortion clinic escorts on the sidewalks in front of the abortion clinic), that you hate me and “my kind,” by God’s grace I do not return the favor. I do not “hate” you. I do not despise those who believe like you do. Quite the contrary, I am filled up with love for you! I don’t want you to spend an eternity paying for your sins in hell. I want you to be saved. I want you to receive grace. I want your life to go well! I want you to have joy, peace, and abundant life! I want you to receive mercy! My primary motive for engaging with you through this letter and engaging with you and others on the sidewalks in not hatred, but love! By God’s grace, I am controlled by the love of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:13). I labor because I want you to receive God’s love for you.
This leads to my last response: hope. Your letter fills me with hope! I am confident that even your heart is not so hard that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not able to soften it. God is much stronger than all of your rebellion. I have hope because God loves to give unfair mercy! By right, you (and I) completely “deserve” to go to hell because of your hatred of others (especially unborn babies and conservative Christians), which is ultimately hatred of God. The gospel (good news) that we preach is for all kinds of people just like you. In fact, we believe that everyone (certainly me included) deserves “by right” hell (eternal punishment). In fact, the Bible says that “none are righteous, no not even one.” (see Romans 3). Jesus himself said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners unto myself. It is not the well who are in need of a doctor, but the sick.” This is very good news for you, for me, and for the whole world! Jesus loves sinners. Jesus laid down His perfect life to purchase you. While you deserve wrath from God, Jesus—when He died on the cross—took all of God’s wrath that you deserve and died in your place. By simply repenting of your sins and believing in Him alone, He takes your sins and you take His righteousness. Jesus’ perfect righteousness is freely imputed (counted/credited to your account) to you. That is scandalous and marvelous! Jesus’ divine love is generous, sacrificial, and lavishly kind. I have great hope for you because Jesus died for sinners just like you and me and everyone else. To receive His love, you must repent and believe.
The reason that I (and many others beside me) engage in speaking for the unborn is because we actually believe that life is precious and that the gospel is real. We believe that babies are created in the image of God. We believe that they should be defended and loved not hated and killed. We believe that God is busy saving sinners like you and me. It is our pleasure to speak His truths into the world!
If you want to explore this wonderful gospel more and genuinely want to know my/our motives for speaking for unborn children, and for engaging those who reject these truths with words and sacrificially loving actions, then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org It would be a delight to walk you through the Scriptures and tell you more details about our tremendous God who deserves all praise and glory!
Because of Jesus’ Grace,
Jeff King, Discipleship/Counseling Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church