My intention is not to blog on the singular subject of abortion or Planned Parenthood, but the moment strikes me as one of the utmost importance; one that demands extended concentration. I have noticed recently a strain of response from Christians to the rhetoric and anger of other Christians regarding the recently released videos. Rachel Held Evans and Ann Voskamp are two examples of prominent bloggers from opposite ends of the Christian social spectrum who are pushing back and calling for a response of grace and love. They are unsettled by the angry tone of many believers on this issue and believe that it will do more harm than good and may in fact be misrepresenting the Christ that loved sinners without a spirit of condemnation.
On the one hand, I appreciate the concern. It is important for us all to remember that people are broken and ultimately need God’s grace, that is, mothers who have had abortions and fathers who have insisted on them, as well as abortion doctors and nurses, technicians and baby part purchasers. Until there is a Spirit wrought change in the heart, our fist pounding, legislating, blogging and protesting will have little lasting impact. Therefore our anger must be seasoned with the salt of the gospel and with a genuine concern for lost sinners. We must not be like James and John, the “Sons of Thunder” who immediately wanted to call down fire from heaven upon the rebellious. No, ultimately they need the transforming power of Jesus to heal and save them and we should long for that and pray for it.
On the other hand….