Abortion laws won’t stem the tide of abortions in this country. Rulings by federal judges won’t change the situation. It’s time that Christians woke up to that fact.
Writers like James Davison Hunter (To Change The World) and Gabe Lyons (The Next Christians) have tried to help us see the truth. Lyons has an excellent study of how the homosexual community has successfully promoted their agenda in this country… and it wasn’t through politics (at least not primarily). Now they’re able to make gains through politics, because of the decades of work in the arts, in education and in other fields.
But what about the average Christian who feels passionate about doing something about abortion? Here are a few ideas:
- Talk to young people. Better yet, listen to young people. Let them see you as a person they can trust.
- Make yourself available to young people. Let them know that they can call on you at any time. To talk. To get a ride home from an uncomfortable situation. To have a place to stay should they need one.
- Identify yourself as an agent of God’s grace. I don’t know if that expresses the thought well, but what I mean is that they need to know that God will forgive any sin that they commit… and you will too. Young people need to know that nothing they share with you will make you withdraw in disgust or make you reject them in anger.
- Encourage your church to step up as family to pregnant young women. Should one of your church members become pregnant, the church should surround them with an atmosphere of love and forgiveness (unless, of course, they are unrepentant). They need to know that the church will do everything it can to help them bring this child into the world in a good way. That means help with doctor visits, rides to and from work (or school), babysitting, diapers, the whole works. Everything that a loving physical family would do. And, ideally, the church would be able to extend this love even to non-Christians.
- Consider the children. Adopt a child. Work at a children’s home. Raise money for children’s homes. Let the world know that there are positive alternatives to abortion.
I could go on, but you probably have better ideas than I do how this could play out. Some are probably thinking, “Yes, that’s fine for my community, but what about the nation as a whole?” The nation as a whole will be changed as individual communities are changed. We have to begin with our sphere of influence, and most of us don’t have influence at a national level.
This is much harder and personally involving than the political approach. It’s much easier to forward e-mails, attend rallies and vote for candidates based on a single issue. But you’ll have much more impact for good working with individuals right where you live.