Q&A Snippet: “How do we ensure that we are preaching the Gospel whilst advocating against abortion?”
Pro-life organizations have often been criticized of emphasizing one specific issue over against the preaching of the Gospel. Intrinsic to such an objection is the mistaken notion that Christians are to focus upon the preaching of the Gospel, and perhaps not waste resources by prostituting themselves to various works of mercy and issues of biblical justice.
We must be reminded that the Great Commission is not merely the preaching of the Gospel. It is to make disciples. And we simply cannot make disciples out of dead babies.
Missionaries to various tribes have often found themselves involved with and entangled within the intricacies of the various social injustices inherent to that particular mission field and culture, for example, child marriages and polygamy. Like these missionaries, we are consciously aware of our responsibilities to live out our Lord’s mandate to love our neighbours as ourselves in our mission to our very own community, which inevitably includes preborn children.
The commitment and dedication whereby we love and care for our neighbours reflect our obedience to the Greatest Commandment – that of loving our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
We simply cannot be preaching the Gospel within a bubble without getting our hands soiled with the uphill task of defending and speaking out on behalf of our unborn neighbours. This is, in fact, the Gospel lived out through us within our community.
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” (1 Jn 3:18)