A Half-Century of Apathy is Long Enough
This is an update to our "40 Years" video, which raises some important questions for the church in America. We ask them, not because we have all the answers, but because it's all too easy to gloss over what Jesus has said about the marginalized and threatened. If the gospel is not good news for abortion-vulnerable women and children, then it's not the gospel.
Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father.
For whoever does the will of my Father is my brother and sister and mother.
For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
You tithe mint and dill and cumin, but have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness.
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.
For it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
Whoever receives a child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.
For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.
When the Son of Man comes in glory, he will say to those on his left, "Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels."
"Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me."
And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
On January 22, 1973, seven non-elected men declared abortion to be a constitutionally-protected act.
In the decades that have followed, tens of millions of human beings have been legally torn to pieces, which raises some disturbing questions for the church in America.
What if God were to actually judge us according to our treatment of the marginalized and oppressed?
What if Christ were to really cast hordes of his "followers" into eternal fire for neglecting the least among us?
What would he say of the millions of children who have been killed on our watch?
Have our efforts on their behalf been a success? Or a catastrophic failure?
Are we pouring our time, money, and prayer into the defense of our unborn neighbors? Or are we passing by on the other side of the street?
If our grandchildren ask us someday what we did to turn the tide of this slaughter, will we have anything to tell them?
A half-century of apathy is long enough.