But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment
Matthew 12:36 NKJV
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"You Christians think you're so self righteous and have all the answers. What gives you the right to tell women that they can't make choices regarding their own bodies? You can believe what you want just don't push your beliefs on the rest of us." Annoyed
Thank you for this very timely question. In the recent Vice Presidential debate, each candidate was asked about their views on the subject of abortion. Each are of the Catholic faith whose teaching clearly condems abortion. But the view of each of the candidates is quite different. One stated he believed a woman should be able to make her own choice and the other said abortion was wrong. How can this be? Both can't be right.
I can't speak to the thinking of either of these candidates but I can speak to the question you asked about Christians speaking out about abortion and other ethical issues. By the way, the terms ethical and moral are often misapplied so I will define the difference. Ethics can be defined as what people ought to do and morals describes what people actually do. One can be said to be a moral person, even if they don't have "good" morals but if one is said to be an ethical person, they are doing what ought to be done even if society turns a blind eye to bad behavior.
Before we get into the answer to your question(s), I would like to ask you one.
"If you were to die tonight and stand in judgment before God, how would you answer Him as to your pro-abortion stance?"
What would you say to the Creator of the universe to defend your stand?
You may say, "well I don't believe in God" or "I don't think He really cares" or I'm basically a good person but I don't want to get involved in other people's lives"; "I didn't want to be thought of as a pushy person, live and let live is my philosophy". Or you may ask, "I never really thought about it and now I have to answer". Or you may say, "but I didn't think it was a baby, just a bunch of cells".
Let's start with your "well I don't believe in God" answer. If there is no God, then when you die that is it, finished, kaput, end of story, so it won't make any difference how you lived your life. But if you are wrong, it will make all the difference for your eternity. Won't it? Are you willing to take that chance?
How about the "I don't think He really cares" answer? Jesus had something to say about that...
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not
perish but have everlasting life.
God says He cares about us very much, so much that He gave His Son for us. So this most likely is not the right answer.
What about your answer "I'm basically a good person but I didn't want to get involved in other people's lives? Consider what God has to say about your being a "good person"...
But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rages
So much for the "being a good person" answer.
How about the part about not wanting to get involved in other people's lives? Consider what God has to say about that...
the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
"Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them:' When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman,
when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people,
then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his
He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life.
But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes
person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.' 7
"So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.
When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked
you shall surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked
shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. 10
"Therefore you, O son of man, say to the house of Israel: 'Thus you say, "If our transgressions and our sins
upon us, and we pine away in them, how can we then live?"'
Say to them: '
I live,' says the Lord God,' I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?'
God is very clear (especially in verses 6 and 8) when He says that if you keep silent, the guilty person's blood will be upon you. In other words, you will have to answer to God for not speaking out against the evil that you see.
You may be considered a "pushy person" when you warn people about what is right or wrong, but do you want to stand before God and offer the excuse that you didn't want to be considered a "pushy person"?
By the way, the "live and let live" answer doesn't hold much water either when you consider the aborted baby. Do you think God doesn't care about every life He created? Consider how many of God's children have been aborted. Take a look at the numbers below from www.numberofabortions.com.
o you really want to stand before God in judgment and say "I didn't think that it was my place to speak out"?
How will you answer God when you face Him right after the moment you draw your last breath on this earth?
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear
the sins of many.
And, after you have read my answer to your question, how will you answer "I really didn't think about it"?
What about your last thought "but I didn't think it was a baby, just a bunch of cells?" Aren't YOU just a bunch of cells? God has something to say about that also...
Thus says the Lord who made you And formed you from the womb,
You are NO accident, God created your life for a purpose (as well as all those aborted babies) and if you seek you shall find out why you are here.
How can you NOW stand by after you have read this and then stand in the presence of God and answer as you thought you would have before you read this?
One last thought. You didn't say where you live, but for the sake of my final thought, we will say you live in London, England (you will understand why I chose there in a moment).
Say you are walking down the street in London and as you walk past a hotel a man rushes out of the front door and bumps into you and doesn't say sorry or anything. He just keeps hurrying along. You are annoyed with his rude behavior.
He starts to cross the street and looks to his left to check for traffic. However, being England, the curb traffic is coming from his right; and there is a bus coming down the street and about to hit him.
What would you do? Would you just let him step out in front of it and possibly be killed? Of course you wouldn't (I hope), you would shout a warning to him, wouldn't you.
Shaken by his near accident, he thanks you and explains that he is visiting London on business and just received word that his child in America has been in a serious accident and he is rushing home.
The point is that we must shout a warning to those violating God's commandments! It would not be very loving to let them step into eternity without telling them of the approaching judgment of God.