This is an open letter to every Christian who is worried about the legal status of abortion under President-elect Barak Obama.
For the love of God, for the love of the unborn and for the love of the daughters of America, have compassion on mothers who are either considering an abortion or have aborted their babies. Why?
Hear the word of the Lord:
1 But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. 2 He prayed to the LORD, “O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
4 But the LORD replied, “Have you any right to be angry?”
5 Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine. 7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”
9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?”
“I do,” he said. “I am angry enough to die.”
10 But the LORD said, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?” (Jonah 4 NIV)
God is compassionate, even to those so ignorant, so confused, so wicked that they do not know “their right…from their left…” Since you are being transformed into the likeness of Jesus (2 Cor. 3:18) who in his very nature is God (Philippians 2:6), then you too ought to be compassionate.
You can show compassion by countering ignorance with education. Teach women about the nature of the unborn child inside them. Teach them about the physical and psychological effects of abortion on all involved. Show compassion by alleviating confusion through gentle guidance and attractive alternatives to abortion. Resist wickedness by doing good. Provide these mothers with food, clothing and shelter. Offer them accepting communities where they can safely heal. Welcome these women and their children into loving homes. Have compassion on these people just as God had compassion on Nineveh.
In the US, citizens have the right to petition the government and to vote on issues but that’s not the way it is everywhere. If you didn’t have the right to lobby against abortion, what would you do? Give up and leave these women in ignorance, confusion and wickedness? Or would you concede compassion feeling like it was a lesser course of action? For God, the lesser course was judgment. His first action was to send Jonah to warn the people so that He might have compassion on Nineveh.
Christians, you are God’s first option. He sends you compassionately to those who don’t know right from wrong because He cares about them. Please, reprioritize your options in the battle against abortion. Let lobbying and legislation be your Plan B.
Make compassion Plan A.