As many of you know, in the last few months we have seen undercover videos released documenting the thinking and practices that drive Planned Parenthood. The latest in these videos, released a few days ago, has an ex-employee describing a procurement of a baby’s brain. To do so, she and another technician had to cut out the baby’s face to get to the brain. This, after observing that the baby’s heart would still beat if the chest was tapped on. Imagine, a man has a heart attack and collapses and instead of giving CPR and chest compression, a medic takes out scissors and removes his brains. Yes, that is the generation we live in.
How should we as a church respond? How should we as individual followers of Jesus respond? One verse this sheds light is Proverbs 24:11-12
“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?” (Proverbs 24:11–12, ESV)
John Piper explains it this way
The duty of verse 11 could be stated like this: ‘If a group of humans is being taken away to death who ought not be taken away to death, the people who fear God ought to try to rescue them.’ Or, to use the words of the second half of the verse, ‘If there is a group of humans who are stumbling (literally: slipping) to the slaughter who ought not to be slipping to the slaughter, the people who fear God ought to try to hold them back from the slaughter.’ What is being command here is some kind of intervention from us when we become aware of humans being killed who ought not to be killed
No longer can we say we do not know. We can say we didn’t care, we can say we didn’t bother or it didn’t bother us, but we can’t say we did not know.
I’m reaching out to each of you to consider joining us this Saturday as we participate in a peaceful protest against Planned Parenthood. We will be joining many others to let the truth be known. Yes, we will be holding signs. Yes, we will be praying. Yes, we will love and do our best to care for those deceived in the lies of abortion. And yes, we want to see Planned Parenthood defunded and closed. My plea to you is to not see this as a political stand, but as a Christian duty. It is our duty in the culture we participate in to stand for those led to the slaughter. Here’s the link to the event. Come out. Share it. Bring others.
One final thought for you comes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as he wrote from prison about the resistance of Christians against Hitler’s genoicide of Jews:
“”We have been silent witnesses to evil deeds. We have become cunning and learnt the arts of obfuscation and equivocal speech. Experience has rendered us suspicious of human beings and often we have failed to speak to them a true and open word. Unbearable conflicts have worn us down or even made us cynical. Are we still of any use? Geniuses, cynics, people who feel contempt for others, or cunning tacticians, are not what we will need but simple, uncomplicated and honest human beings. Will our inner strength to resist what has been forced on us have remained strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves blunt enough, to find our way back to simplicity and honesty?” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters From Prison, pg 17
Simplicity and honesty. Babies are being killed. God’s people ought to speak.