For Church Leaders
Many churches have a particular area of concern alongside the traditional works of overseas mission, youth training etc. We could list so many good works - human trafficking, the homeless, food banks. The least popular one is abortion. Leaders are always reluctant to enter this arena and there are many reasons why. Here are some of them:
- Where there is a thriving outreach to young mums and we would not want them to think we were being judgemental if any of them have been in this position.
- Christians do not have abortions. (We know this to be false)
- If someone had an abortion before they came to salvation, they are forgiven and there is no need to rake up the past.
- Reluctance to challenge a contentious issue that might cause divisions in the fellowship.
There are also unstated reasons. When a baby is conceived as a result of a secret or unwise relationship and a church leader or long-standing Christian is involved (or their daughter) abortion is often the cover-up of the sin. In a church where this has happened, there will be great resistance for effective pro life work.
Yet Christ calls us to “have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them” Eph 5:11
As leaders accept the intrinsic evil of abortion, recognising the scale of the danger their young people are in and the lies they are subjected to, they will be able to see the urgent need to be involved in this godly battle, by prayer and action.