when good men do nothing

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Today marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade.  I’ve found myself on the verge of tears several times today at the thought of all the lives that have been taken.  I’ve asked God why he has allowed such injustice to continue; and I’ve wondered at the hypocrisy of an administration that preaches the protection of young children at all costs while at the same time forfeiting the rights of unborn children for the sake of a woman’s choice, this supposed “war on women.”

While I seldom understand the many injustices in this world, I rest in the fact that God is God, and I am not.  Just because something is beyond understanding doesn’t mean that it is wrong or false or nonexistent.  Because of who God is I can hold on to the fact that one day He will make all things right.  “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

But while I do believe that God will one day make things right, I in no way believe that that gives us license to respond apathetically to injustice.  We are called to defend the defenseless and protect the weak – to put others before ourselves regardless of how uncomfortable we may feel or how much criticism we may draw.

I can’t help but think that Christians are often eerily silent on the issue of abortion.  I have heard many describe it as a “minor issue” compared to everything else going on in the world.  It’s not really worth getting upset about, because there’s no way something like abortion will ever become illegal again.  We can’t change it, so why not focus our energy and time on other things that are more pressing.

Ephesians 5:8-11 – “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”

God commands us not only to stay away from “deeds of darkness,” but also to expose them.  Shine light on them.  That’s what light does.  It exposes the darkness.  It makes people see truth.  And in truth there is freedom.

“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Proverbs 31:8

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

We must light up the darkness.

For further insight into the biblically based and non-biblically based views on abortion, check out DesiringGod.org, as well as some great points made by J.D. Greear.

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