I’m currently reading Abolishing Abortion, which was released this month. I crossed the halfway point last night, and I am blown away. It’s a terrific read that is extremely informative. One of the attributes I love about this book is that, aside from providing cold facts and information, it is convicting. I am including in this post three paragraphs from the book. I know I don’t typically post such lengthy quotes in my articles. However, the words in this particular quote are so convicting I couldn’t find any reason to partially cut it off. Please read carefully, this is powerful.

“We see in Isaiah 1, God telling His people, ‘Your hands are full of blood’ (v.15). These people had not done the killing, but because the killing occurred in their midst, they had a responsibility to intervene. Hence the passage continues with these instructions, ‘Seek justice, correct oppression’ (v. 17).

What of us? Our land is polluted with the innocent blood of tens of millions of aborted children. The fact that we ourselves have not done the killing does not absolve us of responsibility. We know where the killing occurs. We know how it is done, and we know who is doing it. Abortion is publicly advertised and advocated. Because it occurs in our midst, we are inescapably involved and inevitably more responsible than those people of the Book who simply had a murder committed in their midst.

What, then are we to do? We need to repent. We need to see abortion not just as somebody else’s sin, but as our sin. Even if we have never participated in an abortion, we must ask forgiveness for it. It is easy to blame abortion on those who did it and support it. But we must blame ourselves as well. This is a spiritual dynamic that has to undergird all of our other activities to abolish abortion. First and foremost we are called to repent, to take responsibility for the innocent blood that has been shed, and then intervene to save helpless lives. -Frank Pavone (Abolishing Abortion pp. 52-53)

You see what I mean? If that isn’t a punch in the gut for American Christians like myself, I don’t know what is. These last few months, I had started to feel convicted about my lack of effort to protest the violent act of abortion. My first public protest that I actually attended was a few days ago, on the Planned Parenthood International Day of Protest. Any pride that could have been felt from publicly “waving the banner” of righteousness and truth – so to speak – was overwhelmed by the shame and guilt I felt from my previous lack of involvement before that time. Reading this chapter put words and meaning behind all those feelings. It’s not that I didn’t care about abortion before. I just felt it was a sin was far from me. I have never assisted someone in the murder of a child.

Why should I be convicted for something terrible someone else is doing. Something I had no part in.

I was wrong. By remaining silent, by not speaking out against this evil, I was responsible for abortion. I have done nothing to stop murder. As Pavone states truthfully, ” We know where the killing occurs. We know how it is done, and we know who is doing it. Abortion is publicly advertised and advocated.”

If I know these things, what excuse could possibly suffice to explain my silence and for lack of a better word, apathy.

There is none. No lack of time, no priority, no opinion permits me not to fight for the lives of the unborn. The same goes for all of us as Christians. I suggest we meditate on what the author suggests.

“First and foremost, we are called to repent, to take responsibility for the innocent blood that has been shed, and then to intervene to save the helpless.

Fortunately, the blood of another innocent victim shows us the way. Jesus’ blood ‘speaks more graciously than the blood of Abel,’ we learn in Hebrews 2:24. Let us repent of abortion, wash ourselves in Jesus’ blood, and get to work defending the innocent.”

I’ve repented of abortion. Will you?

Eric Author Image Eric is a blogger, videographer, designer, and full-time missionary with Rooftop Missions. While in the US, he works to raise support to help fund pastors and orphanages in closed countries. When he is traveling internationally, he provides leadership training for national pastors, as well as documenting the trips through photography and video. To partner with Eric financially, click here.

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