Since Feb 14th 2009 many of my Saturday mornings have been filled with crying out. Tripping down a broken sidewalk on Market Street, I have wrestled a dull mind (it starts at 7am) to plead with mothers not to have abortions. A common theme that (hopefully) makes its way from my mouth to their ears amidst all the shouting and confusion is that they must stop and consider what God wants. At this, many women have laughed in my face, called me crazy and other choice names, and mocked my “simplicity” for believing in a God who I cannot see.
I rarely have time to respond to their jeers, and thus I write my response here. God may not be physically visible in front of abortion clinics, but this does not mean that he is absent or unaware. In fact, he is so present, so aware that he actually inspired Scripture thousands of years ago that speaks precisely to the atrocities that occur on Market Street. This unsimple God used the pen of a wise king thousands of years ago to write advice to his son that these women need to hear:
My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason”… My son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths, for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.
Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?” Proverbs 1:10-11, 15-16, 20-22
A concerned father, guided by the very heart of God, explained to his son that there are those who ambush the innocent without reason. Along with this warning, he was hopeful explaining that the voice of wisdom cries out in the streets to those who have bloody hands. Wisdom, revelation, and the mind of God are accessible, heard in markets and at the head of noisy streets.
Today, there are many young girls whose parents are failing to give them such wisdom but instead are encouraging their daughters to have abortions. Their parents are sometimes with them as they go in for the procedure. And they mock too not knowing (or unwilling to acknowledge) that it is their actions that are foolish. It is to them that wisdom cries out “How long, O simple ones will you love being simple?”
But thankfully, even when their parents have failed, many of these girls still have wisdom available to them. God’s perspective on the value of every human life is cried out in love in front of many abortion clinics. The fact that their child’s heart is beating is being shared on the noisy streets. The opportunity to turn from living for self at the expense of another’s life and turn to a forgiving God is being offered. The awesome wonder of God knitting together their baby is being explained. God is present where Christians are present and God is shouting out his wisdom and knowledge on the streets. The problem is not in the “simplicity” of the message. The problem is that scoffers are delighting in their scoffing and fools are hating knowledge.
So, To those Pursuing Abortion, Will you Listen?
- Instead of seeking the company of abortion escorts who will rush you into the door of a clinic so you can pay someone to shed the blood of your baby…
Listen to the voice of wisdom: If sinners entice you, do not consent.
- Instead of living like there is no God…
Listen to the voice of wisdom: There is a God who made you and this God considers you and every person, born or unborn, valuable because he made people like him. He takes it personally when human life is destroyed.
- Instead of choosing simplicity and an empty life without God…
Listen to the voice of wisdom: Do not blindly accept simplistic slogans like “Trust Women”, but instead believe in the God who is outside of time, outside of culture, eternal in the Heavens.
- Instead of hating knowledge…hating it when people tell you facts about fetal development…putting in your headphones so you will not have to hear the truth…
Listen to the voice of wisdom: At conception, your child’s DNA was determined and was completely unique—different from all the millions of people in the world. Toward the end of the third week of your pregnancy, your baby’s heart was beating. About a month after fertilization, your baby’s hands begin to form. By the sixth week, his or her brain emits impulses.
Will you listen to these facts or will you hate that they are being shared with you?
Listen to wisdom, and God promises,
“If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;
I will make my words known to you.”
- Proverbs 1:23