If I saw a man beating his child, I would, I hope, do something about it. If I saw a woman killing her child, I would do something about it. It's the right thing to do. Children should be protected...at all costs.
Now I'm at a dilemma. I believe that children should be defended, yet I have stood on the sidelines and left the unborn defenseless. Despite the fact that I do believe abortion is wrong...that it is the murder of a child, I have said nothing. Why? Why did I stay silent on this topic?
I stayed silent for two reasons. First, I believe that we have something more important to do. I believe that anything taking away from the Gospel is a distraction. In fact, I think some distractions in our church today are for the sole purpose of allowing people NOT to spread the Gospel!
I've also stayed silent because I don't believe the church should be involved in politics. I know that this goes against what many believers think. Still, I believe that politics is not something that we should be interwoven with and unfortunately, abortion has been a political issue for decades. It has nothing to do with the separation of church and state, although I also agree with that. Rather, it is because there is too much power in politics...too much at stake that is of this world, not the one we belong to. While I don't advocate that you withhold your vote, I do think that it should be completely removed from church life.
Yet here I am, suddenly realizing that I'm between a rock and a hard place. I'm sick about the thought of abortion. I don't want it to continue. By the same token, my coworkers and neighbors need to know about Christ...not that abortion is wrong. One of those conversations brings eternal life...the other brings morality.
So where do I go from here? I don't know, which is why I propose this issue. I can tell you that I won't be discussing this at our next fellowship dinner when Alicia and I have the sailors over to our house. My mission is to grow those men in faith, not a social-justice issue. I do not want to be a stumbling block to someone's spiritual growth.
I feel a little ill about my continued silence, yet I'm concerned about being involved in a political issue. So what do I do?