Should pro-life ministry be a priority? (continued)
Most churches support mission outreaches to homeless people, young people, and people in faraway countries, so their plates are too full to support mission outreaches to people in the womb (and to their mothers) in their own community.
But what other outreach provides the opportunity to minister to Jesus, confront the devil’s agenda, work out our faith, focus on life- and-death issues, and have an unforgettable impact on people’s lives, while doubling the impact of our efforts?
Jesus said that when we minister to the “least of these” we are actually ministering to Him (Matthew 25:40,45). Who is more disposable, less significant to our selfish culture than the unborn child? The “good shepherd” focuses on the life of the one vulnerable sheep whose life hangs in the balance, even if he must temporarily turn away from the needs of the 99 sheep in the fold to do so (Matthew 18:12).
When we minister to one pregnant woman, we have the opportunity to permanently impact the lives of at least two people. The child’s physical life and the woman’s spiritual life and health both hang in the balance, and any delay in providing help may cause permanent, irreversible pain to both mother and child.
Abortion is a life-and-death issue, not just a "sin" issue. (Sometimes the baby isn’t the only one who dies.) Churches should consider life-and-death needs to be a higher priority than transient needs. But more than just saving the flesh, God also often uses pro-life ministries to save souls from Hell.
The day that a woman chooses abortion is a key milestone of her life, for better or for worse. She will never forget it. Even if she refuses our help and aborts her baby, we have the opportunity to turn this crisis into an everlasting memory of Christ’s love, or into a memory of the Church’s apathy. A woman who aborts her child may be particularly bitter toward “pro-life Christians,” looking at them as hypocrites because they were not there to try to stop her even though they claim to oppose abortion.
Satan has always had schemes to try to steal away the heavenly seeds God has planted. Abortion is the modern embodiment of this satanic agenda which has blinded the eyes of God’s people throughout the ages. If we are serious about spiritual warfare, we must respond to these attacks.
Most churches say they oppose abortion. Faith without works is dead (James 2:26). Anti-abortion rhetoric without anti- abortion ministry is dead.
“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.”
- James 4:17