Shouldn’t Christians be taught God’s side?
We were disturbed but not particularly surprised at some of the reaction from Liberty University students when we took GAP there a few weeks back. So many of them wanted to live within the fiction that since they are “pro-life,” whatever that means, that’s all they need to know. Not trying to pick on Liberty here; Liberty is simply a microcosm of the modern American church.
A particularly disturbing comment from “LU” (his pen-name) appeard on FAB. It read, in part, as follows:
… Abortion has been in the light of public media for years now and I would say that most adults do know what takes place. You are not showing us anything we haven’t seen or heard before, you only anger the students of this campus with your lack of tact. Also, it pains me to see the young children with your group being involved in this protest. These children are way too young to be seeing these images in the first place and are only being brought up into a lifestyle of intolerance; not a true life of love as we as Christians are called to live. Children need to be taught both sides of an issue and allowed to develop their own opinions once they are capable to do so. … We need to be able to decide for ourselves through skeptical study of the Bible and beliefs we have been taught. It is sad to see how Christianity is being portrayed to unbelievers through your work. I pray for you, your family, and fellow campaigners.
Note how illogical his reasoning is:
- We shouldn’t show the pictures because everbody has seen them when they were younger.
- Younger people shouldn’t see the picture’s, either.
- Showing the pictures is intolerant.
- Leaving Christians ignorant allows them to figure out for themselves what side they are on.
But wait a minute, if we all followed his advice, none of his classmates would have ever seen the pictures before and the first premise would be invalidated.
I responded as follows:
LU Student, you are mistaken on many points. Please read my Open Letter to Liberty University, which you can link to from our website, http://www.ProLifeOnCampus.com.
You said that “abortion has been in the light of public media for years now.” Really? I watch public media all the time. I see unborn children dehumanized as mere blobs of tissue, masses of cells, products of conception, parasites, etc. I see abortion euphemized as a reproductive “choice.” A mere picture would dispel those myths, but the myths are cherished by those in power, so the pictures are suppressed. With all the talk about “choice,” I’ve almost never seen any attention paid to what is actually being chosen. The rare exception is when we come into town and some of the local media outlets actually show the pictures we have put on display. Without any presentation of the reality of abortion in the media, the education system, and even the Church, most people have no idea who the preborn baby is and what abortion does to her.
You say the “shock factor” is not as effective as we would like to believe. Your argument is not with us. Your argument is with the countless women and men who have let us know that our pictures changed their minds. In many cases, they tell us that our pictures saved their own children from destruction at the hands of the abortionist. You can see many testimonials on http://www.AbortionNo.org and on http://www.ProLifeOnCampus.com.
You say that children should never be shown these pictures, but that you and everybody else at Liberty has already seen them? How can that be? If only a few kooks like us are letting our children see the pictures, how can it be that by the time they are 18, everybody has seen them? We have encountered many, many students who tell us that they grew up in “pro-life” churches, had never seen abortion pictures, had come to believe abortion should be a choice, and changed their minds only after seeing our pictures.
You say that “Children need to be taught both sides of an issue and allowed to develop their own opinions once they are capable to do so.” Really? Whatever happened to God’s side? Whatever happened to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6)? We are commanded not to kill their own children (Mark 10:19). We are commanded to protect and defend the defenseless (Proverbs 24:11-12). And finally, we are commanded to teach other believers to do the same (Matthew 28:20). These commands are not optional.
When Christians see the horror of abortion, they are more likely to obey God’s command not to kill their own children (Mark 10:19). Furthermore, they are more motivated to protect and defend the defenseless (Proverbs 24:11-12). And finally, they more fully understand their duty as Christian leaders to teach other believers to do the same (Matthew 28:20).
[Note: You can read the entire discussion stream here.]
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