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Why are they marching, again?


In a few days from writing this, hundreds of thousands will demonstrate in the street for “reproductive rights.” Incensed by the new Texas law that has banned abortions past six weeks, this year’s Women’s March should be all the more interesting and heated.


You may have noticed the quotation marks earlier and wondered why? The answer: Because “reproductive rights” is just a nice way of saying “wholesale murder of innocent children.” Make no mistake; there is even a thing called a “Women’s March” because people believe it is Constitutional to strip another of their rights to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…” by murdering them in the womb.


Now, I can already anticipate and hear the outcry of some that I yet again dare to write about the topic of abortion.


“You’re a man. You can’t tell a woman what to do with her own body.”


“You don’t have a uterus, so shut your mouth!”


Or


“You’re just the typical white male oppressor.”


Think about it for a moment. Since when does gender, anatomy, or even skin color have anything to do with justice, righteousness, or defending others from harm. Would we say that to the 19th-century abolitionists who ended slavery and say to them, “You can’t stand up for slaves because you ain’t black.”? Of course not. To even say that or let alone think it is completely preposterous. Ask any liberated slave, and they will tell you that they rejoiced that others (regardless of gender or ethnicity) took up their cause, protected them, and eventually saved them.


The Scriptures consistently call those who are strong to stand up for the weak. For example, Proverbs 31:8 says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Who among us fits the category more than the unborn child in the womb of one who wants them destroyed? Advocacy is part and parcel of the Christian ethic. The Christian worldview compels us to love our neighbor as ourselves, as expressed in the famous parable of the Good Samaritan.


You could also argue that advocacy is the heart of the gospel itself, with Christ being our advocate—speaking up and saving us from the condemnation of our sin and the entrapment of the Devil. It is through his interposition by the shedding of His own blood on the cross and his subsequent resurrection that defends us from accusation from the Law and grants us eternal life. Even right now, Christ stands advocating for sinners (1 Jn. 2:1), and the question is, if he stood up for us at our most vulnerable state, shouldn’t we do the same for others?


With the looming Women’s March coming and going, my heart grieves at what will transpire there. On a brisk fall morning in October, thousands of people will demonstrate, march, chant, and sing in celebration of the most horrific violence ever conceived in the heart of humanity: Abortion.


I pray as Christians we see past the rhetoric, past the slogans, and the signs and “judge with a right judgment.” (Jn 7:24). There will be no celebration come October 2, or after, for that matter, just another demonstration of how far we have fallen as a society.


God forgive us.


God be merciful to us.


God cleanse this nation’s bloody hands.


And God empower your Church to stand up and speak out for those appointed to die—our preborn neighbor.


Amen.

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