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. There are a number of statements we have heard from church leaders. Here are some of the with our replies.
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.
It is only in Christ that we can find peace and forgiveness, this truth brings real hope. From the perspective of the post abortive woman this seems as though our shame is too great for you to lock at, or to accept us if we admit what we have done.
Christians do not have abortions.
Where there is no clear teaching Christian women don’t find help to resist abortion when they are in a crisis situation and their shame forces them to remain silent.
If someone had an abortion before they came to salvation, they are forgiven and there is no need to rake up the past.
This sin may be forgiven but the foothold of the enemy can last for years and lead to depression and secret sins.
Reluctance to challenge a contentious issue that might cause divisions in the fellowship.
The gospel brings a sword, it is offensive by it’s nature. We have to bring the truth with love. Even Jesus offended those who refused to face the truth.
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.