He just couldn’t be silent any longer. Our political climate has been charged for several years, but the pitch recently became so shrill that Max Lucado finally had to say something.
Mr. Lucado has been a mature and sound source for pastoral care and wisdom for as long as I have known to seek one out. I cannot recall a time when he has ever spoken out about politics, though he says there have been three times in more than forty years. Because his is not a voice we are accustomed to hearing in the political talking points sphere, we all took a moment to listen.
His concern lays with the large number of Christians who have wholeheartedly gotten behind the political campaign of Donald Trump, seeming to believe Trump when he declares that he is a Christian. The evidence Trump offers for his devout faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior is that he owns a Bible, among other equally compelling things.
Mr.Lucado, with grace and humility, carefully laid out the fruit that testifies against Mr.Trump’s declared piety, and it was all pretty damning. It is not up to us whether or not someone is a Christian. If they say they are, they are. Now, when someone says that they are a Christian for the sole purpose of earning your trust, or your vote, then you need to give them a little side eye. Special prudence is necessary for Christian leaders who choose to endorse, or publicly not endorse, political candidates.
I felt the weight of Mr.Lucado’s words and know that he carefully weighed each one before offering his thoughts. I am thankful that he put his voice out there and got a conversation started in places where it may have never happened.
And then, I marveled at the abortion industry.
From the beginning of time, our Christian documents record an enemy who has haunted our infants. In the time of Moses, it was the infant sons, Jezebel offered them on an altar to Baal, Herod slaughtered all males aged two and under. This is not a new story to us. Christians are well aware of our enemy’s blood lust for the youngest among us.
Yesterday’s altars have been replaced by today’s abortion clinics and child sacrifice has been cozily re-created to look like a gynecological procedure best kept between a woman and her physician. What used to be blood stained rocks is now a simple office visit and a co-pay. Our enemy has been ravenously active under the banner of “Reproductive Rights”, and Roe-v-Wade is his founding document.
I marvel at the abortion industry because they have taken this great and terrible violence and marketed it so well as a modern political talking point that our greatest of great Christian leaders remained silent for forty years when politicians said they were a Christian, waved a Bible, and then enthusiastically championed the death of life at its most fragile for any reason and up to the ninth month. Even as Christians line up to vote for these leaders who cling to God and abortion with no sense of irony, our pastors remain silent. Because politics.
I do not write this to take a swipe at Mr.Lucado, this is more about what he represents – a pastoral generation of men, lulled into hyper unawareness, who step aside in the face of the slaughter of millions of children, who we know have listened to politicians say they are Christian and then, to America’s largest provider of abortion, “God bless you”, without even a flutter. Call yourself a Christian and wish God’s blessings on abortion providers, fine, but don’t make fun of handicaps or menstrual cycles or so help me, I will stop this car.
Abortion is not a legal matter, though it is handled in courts. It is not a medical procedure, though it is carried out by physicians. Abortion is murder. It comes with lots of complicated back stories, but the bottom line is that it is a deliberate end to a unique, God created life. We have lost 54,000,000 individuals in this country since 1973. Fifty four million. Would it feel heavier if I said fifty four million and one and that one had brown hair, freckles, and loved pickles?
Though it is not heavily covered on the front pages, the abortion industry has been under a lot of heat recently. Thousands are tirelessly working to see an end to this horror and they are gaining ground. We are now at 10 states who have cut funding to Planned Parenthood, the Wal-Mart of abortion providers, and many more are in talks to do the same. The Center for Medical Progress produced several high quality and massively damning videos which look inside the practices of America’s abortion providers. The unedited and edited versions of these videos, which expose fetal organ sales, deliberate forcing of breach presentation to ensure better organ harvesting (highly dangerous and illegal practice) have been available since early summer and they are not going away. In addition to their work, there have been others who have gone undercover multiple times to expose evidence of abortions offered to underage girls who are likely victims of sex trafficking. An estimated 100,000 underage girls become involved in sex trafficking in the United States every year. Before their eighteenth birthday these girls are subjected to several abortions and no abortion doctors speak up to maybe, I don’t know, STOP THE TRAFFICKING. (If you think the videos are not damning or you believe that they are edited to make abortion providers look bad, I am going to suggest that you only hold that opinion because you have not watched one and are depending on the reviews from others who have also not watched them. Just watch one. For more on Planned Parenthood’s known involvement in child sex trafficking, go here.)
The day will soon come when truth wins and the bright light of day shines on the hideous face of our infant slaughter, just as the light of day shone on the sins of slavery. If you are a leader in the Christian community, this is the time to stop ignoring abortion. It does not mean that you need to have pro-life rallies in your worship center or even wear a ribbon when you preach, but let your words show that you are aware that God’s oldest enemy is actively killing babies and, when a politician waves a Bible and boasts of their commitment to the murder of innocence, let that trump all other reasons to clear your throat and speak up. End the infanticide and watch God cleanse this land.
*I wrote this back in March when it was a trending topic. I hate treading these waters, so I delayed posting. Please, leaders, Jezebel is ravenous for our young and our men shrug in fear. Where is our Elijah?