PRO-CHOICE PASTORS? NO PRAYERS FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST? YES

Jesus said, “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.” Luke 17:2-3 CSB

I write this as a Christian first and a Black woman second. If neither of these applies to you, then this is not a message for you. I will have more general topics for all audiences later. Thank you for understanding.

Finally! My people…on this topic… When I think of a pastor or a spiritual leader, I think of someone who will give me the Word whether I like it or not, because ultimately, the pastor is giving me what “thus saith the Lord.” If I want to know what random people (like myself) think, I will call a friend, scroll through Facebook feeds, or read Tweets. But Church should reflect God’s perspective! Right? Shouldn’t Christ have the final say?

If you are a Jesus follower the answer is always, YES!

So it was refreshing to listen to two seasoned pastors (see YouTube videos by Dr. Tony Evans and John Jenkins below after reading my blog) who stick to the Savior’s Script and offer the Truth with Love. I pray, pray, pray that more pastors, teachers, ministers, prophets, and leaders will stand up for righteousness above all. I pray that Jesus’ followers will do the same. Because whether we like it or not, Church is not supposed to be the place where we go to get our ears tickled on Sunday. It is not where we take political sides or pit one race against another. It’s a place where we learn God’s Word so that we can practice godly lifestyles; lifestyles made possible by the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for everyone.

Unlike other faiths, we know that our lives are not to be lived as we choose but that our lives are to be lived for God’s purposes, which are explained in His Word. In other words, we get to live a sacrificial life because Jesus sacrificed His life for us. The Christian walk is contrary to the world’s view, and when done well, it always yields miraculous results meant to glorify God.

Why We Support Life

Christians understand that we are not the Creator. We are not the authors of viability. We are mere humans, never certain of the ways God will use our fragile lives to carry out His providence.

Furthermore, life and children are precious in God’s sight. We find this established throughout the Scriptures. In one case and in the natural sense, Jesus showed His disciples after an argument started among them about who was the greatest: “But Jesus, knowing their inner thoughts, took a little child and had him stand next to him. He told them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me. And whoever welcomes me welcomes Him who sent me. For whoever is least among you–this one is great.” Luke 9:46-48)

As Christians, who are called to humility, who then are we to pre-determine who lives or dies? Who are we to bully people into voting against their religious convictions?

An as Christ followers, we should, without equivocation, be a part of the movement to support marginalized people. Jesus demonstrated compassion for those who were treated unjustly. Yet, in the case of abortion, the world has it backward. The people treated unjustly, in this case, are the children God has created in the womb. The children who have every right to live.

Here’s how Tony Dungy responded to the topic. You can read the full article here.

So What’s Happening?

I have a dynamic Christian friend, who is Black, a medical doctor, and a registered Democrat, and we talk about these issues often. He believes that abortion is wrong. Unfortunately, most of his party’s leaders have not listened.

In my research a year ago, I found only three Pro-Life Democrats in the House of Representatives: two Blacks (one female and one male) and a White female. As a result, I often challenge my friend to run for office for two reasons:

  1. He is not being well represented by his party.
  2. Republicans should not have a lock on the abortion issue. Yet, they are more vocal about their Christian convictions and have not wavered as Democrats, and Black politicians have in the present age.

But God’s Word has not changed.

That’s why I don’t understand Pro-Choice Pastors (PCPs).🤦🏾‍♀️ It’s oxymoronic! And any PCPs or similar persons reading this post can go ahead and subtract my vote if they happen to run for office.

I still love you (hope you love me) however, you can remove me from your church roster, too. Because pastors (of ALL people) should know better.

But they are not doing better in spreading the message of HOPE to ALL people. Therefore, I have to believe that if PCPs CHOOSE NOT to stand up for the Word of God, when they have the opportunity, then I certainly will not stand behind or beside them. I would rather they be hot or cold than be lukewarm on biblical issues.

Speaking to Pastors: A Scriptural Response Moves Mountains

Pastors, you are called to make Jesus famous. Not yourselves. If God called you, then act on His behalf—value life—not your own volition. John 10;10, 1 Timothy 2:4.

Church leaders should never cower to social pressures antithetical to the Word of God. That’s not how Church works! The church cannot condone the premeditated murder of children any more than it can promote pedophilia, rape, or racism. God’s judgement will be on those who misuse their positions. (Isaiah 1:15, 21).

My biggest beef with the whole topic of church leaders supporting abortion efforts is the MISSED OPPORTUNITY to be on fire for God. Pastors with a platform in politics have an undeniable opportunity to enlighten people about Christianity, promote resources and care for expectant moms and dads through their churches, and reflect their trust in God regardless of carnal detractors.

I can only imagine the healing that would take place in our country if our leaders stood up for righteousness! But they are giving that up for what? A sketchy voting record at best. Don’t they know the LIGHT shines in the darkness, and when God is lifted up, He will draw mankind unto himself?

Choose this day whom you will serve. Joshua 24:15

Please Pray

I hope my words reach those who need to see them. I hope my prayer pricks their hearts. I hope they find courage like Daniel.

“So watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” Luke 17:3-4, New International Version

No one–not the government, service or social clubs, Facebook friends, nobody should take the place of God’s Word in our life. Such situations are idolatry. So, Church leaders playing politics with the message of God, please get your stance on abortion correct. Andy Stanley messaged it well, and I will paraphrase: Christians should Be Christian, Be Nonpartisan, and Love Humanity because God Loved Us All.

Let’s pray:

“Dear Heavenly Father, May we seek first Your Kingdom and allow all these other things (including racial and sexual equality, healthcare, financial needs, generational wealth) to be added unto us. Please lead us to the Scriptures that will heal our hearts and this land so that we can meditate on them and pray, believing that we will receive. And then watch what only You will do! Thank you for the authority we have over the deceiver. Satan, we command you to leave our churches. We cast out Judas and Jezebel spirits in our midst. We proclaim that our eyes are open and we are wise in our decision-making through the power of the Holy Spirit. We pray that the forces meant to harm our children and this current and next generation are stopped. We pray for Christian-minded, loving-hearted people to rise in rank in leadership in our country, in our schools, in healthcare, and in Your churches so that Your ways are propagated throughout the land, and throughout the world. We know time is short, and we want to see as many saved and transformed by Your love and grace as possible. Thank you, Lord, for the wisdom we need and the courage and boldness to carry it out. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayerfully yours,

Leah

Seasoned Pastors on Abortion:

Associated posts: Roe v. Wade

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