As we seek God’s grace in our daily life, we are faced with the reality of our corporal calling to seek out souls and lead them to salvation through Christ. Like many things in our spiritual walk, this is easier said than done, but we must resist the temptation to dismiss this mandate as too hard or not for us. Falling for this lie could be the difference between life and death for many.
I can’t think of another instance where this struggle is more marked than in the fight for the unborn. Today’s church is experiencing a metamorphosis in preparation for what’s to come, and this includes fighting an epic battle for those souls that can’t speak for themselves. However polarizing the subject of abortion is in the secular world, in the spiritual world the picture is crystal clear: Abortion is murder.
What a shocking statement to make, right? Not really. But in a world where violence is glorified, civil rights are denied at the most basic level and families are destroyed by drugs or worse, “abortion is murder” has become a taboo statement, a controversial declaration — far to controversial to discuss. Bold statements like these, well … Let’s just say they’re not often well-received.
Still, isn’t it wonderful that the mandate to speak to all nations against the evils and injustices of the world — injustices like abortion — is a mandate of love? Along with the Word and His Spirit, our God’s weapon of choice is love. Speaking the truth in love is what he demands from us. He demands for us to love others as He has loved us, and He demands that we act in love ALWAYS — even when our words and actions are met with shock or disdain.
That means hating the sin, but always loving the sinner, remembering that God loved us even as we destroyed our bodies with drugs or alcohol or promiscuity; God loved us in our rebellion, anger and disrespect; God loved us in our least likable, least lovable form. He loved us without condition, in our loneliest, saddest, most desperate state. In those moments when we contemplated the worst of it all, when we thought we had no more options, God sent someone like you to show us that there is always another solution: Jesus.
That is why your role in Stand4Life, whether you are coordinating for your region or praying quietly on the sidelines, is so important. This calling we have to pray ceaselessly and act in love is life-saving, not just for the unborn children at risk, but for the lives that see no light at the end of the tunnel.
Don’t dismiss the call to speak boldly and in love. Join us on May 3 for Stand4Life. Check out www.stand4life.info for more information.