Five Signs Church Has Lost Her Moral Authority, p. 3: Abortion Response

Written by John Renken on August 16, 2013

Are we any better?

For a second, let’s put ourselves in Claudia’s shoes, and then let’s say that we win a major landslide and overturn Roe Vs. Wade. And now abortion is illegal. Claudia is now confronted with either choosing an illegal abortion, foster homes, adoption, or maybe her parents will raise the child for 10 –15 years. Who knows what she will do? But ask yourself this: how would Jesus handle this situation? Would He arbitrarily state, “You should have never had sex, and now you will reap what you have sown!”

So, if abortion is absolutely wrong, but yet we still need to show the love and grace of Jesus Christ to those who are facing an abortion, how do we as representatives of Christ go about doing that? For me personally, I am not sure how I could just tell her straight out that abortion is absolutely wrong and not be sympathetic towards her situation. You need to ask yourself, “Does your response to someone having an abortion represent the way that you believe Jesus would respond to her?”

I see two ways that we could respond. We could be religious and tell her several different things like she was stupid; she was careless; she will just have to deal with her mistake; it’s sin and you got what you deserved.

Or we could respond with compassion and say, “This is a really hard place to be in, can I pray for you?” “I am sorry that you are going through this. Is there anything I can do to help you?”

Or maybe just hug them?

If we are going to be a Church that reclaims our moral authority, we must not only proclaim the truth — yes, abortion is wrong — but we must also walk it out with them, side by side, compassionately, in grace like Jesus did for us while we were fighting against the struggle of our own sin.

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A self proclaimed “scrapper” since childhood, John Renken grew up with a burning interest in physical challenges and a strong competitive spirit which has led him to develop quite an impressive reputation in the professional fighting community. Reaching the pinnacle of his career, Renken now has over 68 professional mixed martial arts and boxing matches under his belt and many first place titles spanning three different continents. A former Satanist, Renken’s life has taken many interesting twists and turns along the way to redemption. He now pastors a church called Freedom Church and writes about topics of interest in our country.