Christians Are Being Christians
Christians believe all human beings are made in the image of God and are therefore equally valuable. It’s no surprise then that Christians have always been on the front lines in fights against systemic injustice. Wherever there is injustice, there Christians will be.
The unequaled systemic injustice of our day is abortion. Preborn people are not considered human by the State, so they can be killed. It is the exploitation of isolated women and the destruction of voiceless children.
Most women in unplanned pregnancies don’t want to have abortions. They feel stuck, backed into a corner by their circumstances with no good way out. What do Christians do? In attempt to peacefully resolve the oppression, they reach out to at-risk women one at a time, dignifying them with support and resources so they are truly free… free to say no to abortion if they so choose.
NY Insists on Unchristian Behavior
With the Reproductive Health Act, the government of New York has elevated abortion to a human right. This immediately puts the “right of abortion” at odds with freedoms of religion and speech.
Freedom of religion means the ability to practice religious beliefs in the public square without hindrance or reprisal. A core Christian belief is that every human being is made in the image of God and therefore intrinsically valuable, irrespective of maturity.
In obedience to God’s law Christians must refuse to facilitate abortions. New York State law would make that simple act of refusal a human rights violation.
When the dictates of the state and the revelation of the Almighty require different behaviors, is it better to obey the state, or obey God? Christians answer to a higher authority, which is precisely why a secular government cannot peacefully coexist with practical Christianity. Christians refuse to participate in the lies. They refuse to bear false witness and say of their preborn brother, “You are not my brother.”
And so the age-old story repeats itself: The Kingdom of God vs. the Kingdom of Man. What will believers in our age do?
Let us be inspired by Biblical Examples of Courage. Let us take this as God’s sovereign opportunity to communicate the truth in the face of injustice. When we are brought before rulers and judges, God will give us the words to say. The state can stand in judgment, but the Judge will have the final word.