I received an email asking why The Ridge doesn’t encourage people to vote for a particular candidate based on the particular of abortion. I spent some time crafting this response, which I wanted to put out on the blog for all to see. I think this message is at the heart of what it means to journey after Jesus… thoughts?
Hey ….. –
[edited] You ask about the church’s position on abortion. I can tell you that I believe abortion is a tragedy, is not in God’s plan, misses his mark for humanity (the definition of sin), and is the result of hurt people taught to live selfishly.
Abortion breaks my heart… just like world famine does, and churches that destroy themselves with gossip, and marriages that break up, and the destruction of all of God’s creation…. sin is sin, and it all hurts. I think that is why the church has been called to be on the redeeming side of God’s plan – to help bring redemption, restoration, and healing to humanity through the message of Jesus.
I also think that the church has really dug itself a hole with abortion – standing on street corners, screaming, waving signs, name calling… we have allowed ourselves to be lured away from the methods and leadership of Jesus. I think the church ought to be known for what its FOR more than for what it’s AGAINST. We need to help men and women learn to make God honoring choices in all areas… including sexuality.
And I probably won’t ever indicate which political candidate to vote for… because there is no black and white… God is neither Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, nor Green Party. Jesus transcends politics! And killing unborn babies is not in God’s plans – just like beating prisoners, fighting wars, ignoring the starving/widowed/unjustly treated around the world… it’s all the result of fallen creation that needs a Savior. And politics will NEVER be that Savior.
Thanks for sharing…. I am glad you feel as passionately as you do. I hope God further moves you and shapes you to make a difference to a young mom who might otherwise consider abortion!