Late one night, many years ago, while Shari was out of town, I was working in my office and received a phone call from a fellow minister who was irate with me. Several people in his church had called about an article I had written on abortion and they complained because I had called it “murder.” They demanded that he confront me about it and he did so.
I let him do all the talking for about 15-20 minutes, not that I had much choice. During his comments he wanted to make sure that I understood that he too cared about the neglected and abused. So he illustrated how committed he had been during his lifetime to defending the rights of others by telling me about his participation in the civil rights marches of the 1960s; fighting for the rights of blacks in America. He finally summed up that it was my refusal to compromise on the issue of abortion with professing Christians who were pro-choice that angered him and his church the most.
When he finished, I asked him a question: “Were you willing to compromise on the issue of civil rights in the 1960s?” “Absolutely not! Are you saying I should have been?” was his reply. “Absolutely not!” was my reply. “I agree with you that fighting for the civil rights of blacks in America was a deal-breaker issue, one that made any compromise wrong.”
I then tried to explain why I believed that unborn babies of every color were more innocent and more abused in America than any race of people ever had been. Then I closed with this: “As you were justified in being unyielding in your conviction over civil rights, even though very few were killed, so I am unyielding over a million legal killings of every color of human, each and every year right here in America. I cannot bend, nor can I yield.”
The strange results of that 30 min. conversation were: it ended calmly and our future encounters were friendly. We still didn’t agree on the issue of abortion, but he understood better why Pro-Life Christians are so blunt and stubborn and unbending. To remain silent when MURDER is involved would be the supreme evil.
One reminder: if you profess to be a Christian, but you vote for candidates who are pro-choice, then you support the killing of 800,000 babies that will occur in 2020. You cannot “wash your hands” like Pilate did and absolve yourself of your role in these murders. Please, repent before it is too late. God bless.
Mike Sublett is a pastor at Hi-Land Christian Church, 1615 N. Banks St., Pampa, Texas 79065. Email him at email@example.com.
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