Who is really fighting for life?
When you’re in the fight for LIFE, how do you know who is on your side?
That may seem like a foolish question.
It should be obvious who is fighting with us and who is against us, right?
Pro-abortion forces certainly don’t leave us wondering what side they’re on as they march for abortion on demand and without apology. Obviously the #ShoutYourAbortion crowd is not on our side.
They are an open enemy to the lives of precious preborn children, so those battle lines are clear.
But in some cases it may not be as obvious. Sometimes we find ourselves in the line of fire from people and organizations who call themselves Pro-Life.
The problem is that in the fight for life many people will agree with us and say that a fetus is a person and talk about the sanctity of human life…
But then they don’t act like those things are true.
Many who wear the Pro-Life label are actually against equal protection. Some don’t want preborn babies to EVER have the same protections of the law that born people have.
I’m not talking about some who just passively fail to support bills of equal protection for preborn babies. I am talking about those who are hostile to and in direct and active opposition to righteous bills that would abolish abortion.
This was made very clear recently when HB 813, the Abolition of Abortion in Louisiana Act, made it to the floor of the Louisiana House for a vote. Don’t forget to watch the video above to hear this story from the abolitionists working for equal protection in Louisiana.
Equal Protection in Louisiana Killed by “Friendly” Fire
Louisiana HB 813 was the first bill in any state that would completely abolish abortion to make it through committee and be debated on the floor. It was an historic day!
So what happened?
The bill was killed.
And it wasn’t the pro-abortion lobbyists and Democrat legislators that killed it.
It was so-called Pro-Life organizations who lobbyed against it.
While Louisiana legislators were getting ready to vote on the bill to abolish abortion in Louisiana, over 70 Pro-Life organizations wrote an open letter to legislators across the country urging them to reject bills that provide the equal protection of the laws to preborn children.
The list of signers on this letter wasn’t just secular organizations either. It included the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), which is the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The SBC is the largest association of evangelical churches in America including over 42,000 churches and over 16 million members.
The open letter effectively told Pro-Life legislators that Pro-Life organizations do not want equal protection of the laws for preborn babies, EVER. They unequivocally urged legislators to “reject any measure that seeks to criminalize women who have abortions.”
I don’t know about you, but I believe that the lives of babies in the womb are just as precious as my own life and they should have the same protections that my life already has under the law.
If all people are equally valuable, then laws against homicide should protect all lives equally and everyone should be equally subject to the laws.
It’s not complicated.
We should simply agree with God and obey His command when He says, “You shall not show partiality in judgment” (e.g. Deut. 1:17).
The message from the ERLC on this issue is discouraging because, of all voices, the voice of the Church should be bringing a clear and biblical message to legislators, telling them that God says He hates partiality in judgment and that unequal weights and measures are an abomination to Him. The civil authorities must be reminded that there is judgment waiting for those who deny justice to the fatherless.
But when Louisiana actually had a righteous bill of equal protection going to the floor for a vote, that isn’t the message their legislators heard from the ERLC or any of the other so-called Pro-Life organizations who signed the open letter.
What does the Church have to do with it?
The events in Louisiana highlight how CRITICAL the Church is in the fight to abolish abortion.
The courage to abolish abortion and establish equal protection for preborn babies won’t ever come from secular strategies and worldly wisdom.
We need righteous and principled leaders in this fight who will stand on the truth of God’s Word without compromise no matter what the so-called Pro-Life organizations and lobbyists are saying.
We need pastors and teachers who will teach and train their congregations to understand what the Bible says on these issues, and how to apply it.
The prophetic voice of the Church must be heard in the halls of justice across the country.
That’s why the Foundation to Abolish Abortion (FAA) is hosting the 2022 Church Leaders Conference in Houston, Texas on August 19, 2022.
This conference isn’t limited to pastors and church leaders, but we encourage you to invite your church leaders to attend with you!
I hope you will join us in Houston, Texas on August 19!
For life, for justice, and for the glory of God,
Abolish Abortion Texas