We will stand for life

Lisa Sergent —  August 20, 2015

COMMENTARY | Having watched the videos depicting the barbarism of taxpayer-funded abortion in America, my stomach churned as I watched a scene that belongs in an MA-rated horror movie.

A full-grown human hand approaches a glass dish from the right side of the frame, tweezers positioned between the fingers where chopsticks would go. The tweezers pinch a pink fleshy limb, captured clearly by the camera. It is a hand, a wrist and an arm; no shoulder is attached. In the dish below the tiny arm, I see a leg. Eyeballs and lungs are among the other baby parts identified in the video.

Horrifyingly, some admit they watched these videos but remain unfazed. More than once, Scripture refers to this as people who have “eyes to see but do not see, ears to hear but do not hear” (Ezekiel 12:2).

You and I elected to Congress many with these unseeing eyes. On Aug. 3, when the members of the Senate had a chance to pass a game-changing, life-saving bill to defund Planned Parenthood, they didn’t.

Be assured, however, this spiritual-physical battle is not over. As long as you and I are breathing, we must fight for those whose first breath is under siege — for the boy who cannot scream from within the womb when a metal instrument approaches to dismember him and for the girl who cannot run from her med-school-trained attacker.

Until we have made abortion unimaginable for every sane American, we follow the apostle Paul’s directions: “… let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). We don’t have the option of apathy or making excuses, of which there have been plenty: “I’m not political.” “I’m busy.” “The videos are gross.” “It’s not my business.”

Oh, but it is your business. Humans must not let other humans do this to each other.

So, while those with power, money and influence line up against us like a fifth-year senior linebacker set in his stance across from a string-bean freshman with porcelain bones, we press on.

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” we read in Romans 8:31. And one thing is certain: If God is for us, we dare not be against ourselves. Do not acquiesce to the temptation of putting a trendy spin on this “issue” for the sake of, well, anything at all. It may be cool in your circle to be self-deprecating and to apologize for everything under the sun in order to appear relatable.

But please, don’t apologize for me. This “issue” is zero percent about the thought process of those who find abortion acceptable. It is 100 percent about saving the lives of the babies who will be aborted today. And tomorrow. And this weekend.

Ponder this: If someone pointed a gun barrel to your forehead, would you take the time to tell the person that you empathize with what may have led them to think about killing you? Would you apologize for not understanding where they’re coming from?

I wouldn’t. I’d be crying, hyperventilating and sweating from every pore in my skin. Frantically, I’d beg for my life. And my begging wouldn’t necessarily convey anger, but desperation. Perhaps later I would be angry, and I bet you’d be willing to understand that. After all, it was unjust that someone held a gun to my forehead, causing me to be rightly angry.

There is such a thing: “Be angry, and do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26). By no means is this an easy task, but children’s lives are certainly worth our trudging through the muck and maneuvering this tight rope to defend them.

I implore you: Beg in desperation for these lives as fervently as you would your own life. Philippians 2 tells us to think of others as better than ourselves and to look out for the needs of others before our own. This is one way we live out that passage.

This is not merely an “issue of our times,” a platform on which to campaign, a hot-button blog topic or a re-tweetable hashtag.

This is laying down our lives for our unborn brothers and sisters — something Christ did perfectly when He died on the cross for me and for you. When any of us turn from our wicked ways, Christ will redeem us (1 John 1:9).

We have a duty to fight for the earthly lives of the unborn and the eternal lives of those who are convinced that the choice of one should trump the chance of another. “Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die,” we read in Psalm 31:8-9. “Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”

Resolve that we will be the generation that roars, “No!”

No, we will not let you kill innocent life. We won’t pay for it with our money, and we will push back with everything on the line. You may call us names, say we’re ignorant, blast our reputation or threaten us to pieces, but we will stand firm. We will stand for life. We won’t passively allow this to continue in our nation while we go on with the comforts of life, stick our heads in the sand and make weekend plans.

We, the servants of the Lord, will not stand down until our commander calls us home.

Sharayah Colter is a newswriter for the Southern Baptist TEXAN, newsjournal of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.

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Lisa is IBSA Director of Communications. A Missouri native, she moved to Illinois 22 years ago and arrived at IBSA a few years later. Lisa and her husband, Chris, have been married 19 years.