The real issue in our country is not simply one million abortions every single year. Nor is it the unethical abortionist’s mercenary exploitation of a woman’s unfortunate circumstances. The problem is not human trafficking, terrorism, the degradation of the family, or corruptible politicians. Focusing on any one of these burgeoning inequities alone will not create a lasting solution. Why? Because they all represent systemic injustice and stem from the same source. Only when we address the root cause can legalized human rights abuses like abortion ever truly be solved. Our outrage over terrible human injustice has to be rooted in something lasting, something objective. Otherwise it is just sentiment, able to be dismissed as mere bigoted opinion by those who disagree.
Jesus dealt with rampant, systemic human injustice and inequality, not simply by exposing it and speaking against it, but by declaring that each person is responsible to love one’s neighbor as oneself. But we would be powerless to do so were it not for the command that precedes it: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). Justice and equality are an illusion if there is no God by Whose standard we will all be measured. All humans are created in His image and therefore are of equal value. If we do not love the Lord first, our default is the love of self and we become the standard by which we measure all others. I enthrone ‘Me’ as god and judge of all. That is how partiality, inequality, and injustice are born.
But how is it possible for a society that values ‘human equality’ to legalize systematic inequality? The same way societies have always done it: by disqualifying undesirable humans from personhood status in order to strip them of their right to their own body. And how is it done? By narrowing the definition of who qualifies as a person. “Who is my neighbor?” This is the question the lawyer asked Jesus in an attempt to ‘justify’ his unequal treatment of humans (Luke 10:29). Likewise, the Supreme Court in 1973 asked the same question, “Who is a person?” in order to justify depriving fully human preborn babies of the protection of their right to their own life.
Humans who say they value human equality while justifying their inhumane treatment of people are hypocrites of the highest order. We saw it with Black Americans, calling them 3/5 of a man in order to enslave them. We saw it with Native Americans, labeling them ‘savages’ to justify stealing their land. We saw it with those deemed ‘mentally unfit,’ to forcibly sterilize them in order to cleanse the population gene pool. And now preborn boys and girls are treated with a level of callous dehumanization seldom seen in the sordid history of man’s inhumanity to man.
To narrow the definition of human like the Supreme Court did with Roe vs Wade saying, “The word person does not apply to the unborn,” is not an act of a progressively enlightened people but an act of an increasingly selfish one. What is the solution to the legalized injustice of abortion and all other human inequalities justified by sinful men? How do we re-order society rightly, recapture justice, and reclaim peace among all men, not just the chosen elite? Jesus’ answer: Love God with uncalculated devotion and reflect back to Him the dedication He manifested to us on the cross. Then, and only then, we will refuse to make distinctions between categories of people. Only then are we empowered to treat all persons without partiality. Then the weak, the vulnerable, the oppressed, and the marginalized of society we will raise up with gladness and rejoice in the glory of the God who made us and in whose image we are made. Then justice will “roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).
So, rally your passion for the personhood of all. Remain outraged at the irony of legalized injustice in the land of liberty. Raise your voice for the voiceless preborn. Do all that and more. But let it all be done out of your love for God first. Then and only then can you and I love our neighbor without distinction or classification, truly free from hypocrisy. The hallmark of a person of faith is that he is truly no respecter of persons. For in our salvation from selfish sin at the cross of Christ we have experienced the rich truth that each of us is the very treasure of God. And so, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35), knowing that, “We love, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
Because of the generosity of people like you over the years, CompassCare has added ultrasound technology, STD testing and treatment, cutting-edge marketing campaigns, continuously improved medical services, and helped pregnancy centers all over the nation become more effective. Because of your passion and your dedication, thousands of women have been dignified with ethical medical care and their preborn children saved.
CompassCare’s 2015 goals are: 1) REACH 38 more women each month in such a way that they have their babies and 2) SERVE those women more effectively by implementing a continuous improvement software system. To accomplish these, CompassCare needs to raise $201,000 at the Walk for Life. If everyone receiving this email expressed their passion by being a pledge-raising Walker and/or by sponsoring a Walker(s), CompassCare would far surpass its target! Because of the work of CompassCare and your passion to support it, the abortion industry is experiencing financial pressure. Together, we are erasing the need for abortion in Rochester.
For more information you can go to www.Walk.CompassCare.info to register or sponsor your Walker. If you want to Walk and cannot be in Rochester on May 2, you can participate as a ‘Ghost Walker’ and still raise pledges for the women and babies CompassCare serves. Together, we can love our neighbor – the preborn child and his mother – as Christ commands us. Let’s Walk for Life!