If you found out that your local bank was giving away free money to anyone who walked in and said the words, "free money", would you take advantage of that? After you tried it and it worked wouldn't you tell all your family and friends about it?
Have you ever wondered what you would do if you were alive during the peak of the civil rights movement? Would you have marched with Martin Luther King Jr.? Would you have been willing to face persecution to stand up for the rights of those who were treated less than human?
If you were in church on Sunday morning and your pastor got up and said a man with a knife was about to go into the nursery and kill all the 2 year old children, would you try and stop him? Would you run as fast as you could to the nursery and do what ever you could to protect those innocent little children?
I would assume that most people reading these questions would answer yes to all three; well let me rephrase them a bit and see what your answer is.
I would love to be able to tell my family and friends about the opportunity to get $1,000 for free. I know many people who would be helped greatly by $1,000 just being handed to them. I can just imagine how quickly this would spread and lines would be formed for miles outside the bank.
What if I knew of something even better than $1,000 that was being handed out freely? The Bible tells us in Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord". How much more valuable is eternal life with Christ than $1,000?
How about our question about living in the days of the civil rights movement? I would bet most people I know would answer yes to getting involved. They would be willing to march and face whatever persecution came their way for taking a stand. Most people would say it would be an honor to be persecuted for standing up for those who have had their personhood stripped away.
We really don't have to imagine what it would be like to live in a time when our fellow human person was being treated as less then human, it is happening today. Every day in this country thousands of our brothers and sisters have their civil rights violated and are killed unjustly. We do live in a time when a group of people have been dehumanized, their personhood has been stripped away. This time it was not because of the color of their skin, but simply because of their age.
The third question is really a no-brainer, of course we would run to the nursery if we knew someone was going to go in and kill all the 2 year olds. I honestly don't know anyone who would not do whatever it took to save the lives of those innocent little children.
So lets change location of the incident and the age of the children. Now it is a so called "medical clinic" and the age of the children to be killed is 12 weeks. The same man is going to walk into the building with a knife or a scalpel and will actually be paid by the parents of that child to end it's life.
Would we try and stop that from happening?
Lets take a look at the children in both scenarios:
Both have a heart beat.
Both have fingers and toes.
Both have finger prints and toe prints.
Both have brainwaves and feel pain.
Both have blood circulating through their own bloodstream.
Both have a soul and were created by God.
Both live with their mother and father, one in his room and the other in his mother's womb.
While both are full human persons, one's life is protected by law and the the other's death is protected by law.
It is easy to answer a "what if" question; when it is just a hypothetical situation it is simple to give the simple answer. When the situation is facing us head on, sometimes it is not so simple.
How many of our friends or family members do we know that are not Christians? Are we excited to share with them the amazing free gift of eternal life with Christ?
Most people would like to think they would be willing to face persecution in order to have the opportunity to have marched with Martin Luther King Jr. We would be willing to face that same persecution to stand up for the thousands of babies that have their personhood stripped away every day? Would they stand up against one of the biggest civil rights violations of our time, the killing of 50,000,000 innocent children?
I recently watched the movie "I am Legend" and one of the lines in the movie was very powerful. Towards the end of the movie Will Smith's character says, "light up the darkness". I have written in many of my articles that darkness is not the opposite of light, but the absence thereof.
So my challenge to you is simple, will you light up the darkness? Will you share the hope that you have in Christ with a hopeless world? Will you take a stand for truth and life, even when you may be persecuted for your actions? Will you do something to save the lives of innocent children who are being killed by the thousands every day? Will you light up the darkness, or take refuge in apathy?
Last week we made a list of 20 Pro-life Activities To Do This Summer - Click here to see the list - http://www.standtrue.com/pages/getactive.htm
For Christ I Stand,
Bryan Kemper - email@example.com