All in the Name of Choice?

All in the Name of Choice?Recently, I was asked to address prolife church members at an event. I was instructed to encourage and equip them for another battle season for those who cannot fight for themselves — the unborn, the disabled, and all those deemed “unfit for life” by those in power. It sounded easy enough, or so I thought.

The attendance numbers were dismal. I could not help but wonder, “The harvest is plentiful, so why so few workers, Lord? How did the culture quickly persuade Your church to become so apathetic toward the most precious ones in Your sight: the unborn?”

Why does the church believe they have a choice to take matters of life into their own hands? It has been very disheartening to personally witness the decline of the church’s involvement in the prolife movement, particularly in the last couple of years.

How did we get here?

The silence is deafening. It seems the church has slipped into the dark pit of pride under the guise of something named choice. The church needs to be reminded that pride goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18).

So here we are.

The church of Christ has forgotten that the Lord builds the house, and through His understanding, it is established (Proverbs 24:3-4). It is not established through the body’s members making their own choices but by submitting to the authority of the One who chose it first (John 15:16).

The church has forgotten that God has called His bride the salt of the earth and a city of light on a hill (Matthew 5:13-14). It has abandoned its first love (Rev. 2:4), and because He first loved us (1 John 4:19), we ought to remember to love others as ourselves (Mark 12:30-31). This includes “the unborn, the disabled, and all those deemed ‘unfit for life’ by those in power.”

If the church is losing its salt flavor, then it will no longer be suitable for anything. It will be spewed out completely (Rev. 3:15-16).

If only she would remember that He who counsels, has insight, and power (Proverbs 8:14) is the One who helps us not only choose life but also equips us to be a voice to protect and defend those whose lives are being preyed upon by a roaring lion.

The shameful silence and indifference in recent decades have caused the church to worry about being hated by the world more than fearing the One who can destroy both body and soul in hell (Matthew 10:28).

All in the name of choice?

Let those with ears hear. The church is responsible for speaking up for those without a voice (Psalm 82:3-4). Jesus came to give us life and life abundantly (John 10:10).

The Word says in Deuteronomy 30:19, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life, that you and your offspring may live”.

Rest assured, if members choose to remain silent and fail to show up, God will ensure His voice is heard — and woe to those who have become deaf (Psalm 35:22).

Therefore, the least the church can do is to show up and speak up for those who cannot, if for no other reason than to thank the One who, when the choice was His, chose to give us life.

For the church’s sake, I pray it makes wiser choices in the future.

Laura A.

An awesome woman who fights daily for the prolife cause!