Recently, a number of articles have been circulating the Internet about a female hunter who prides herself on killing lions and cheetahs. Some have used these articles to point out an obvious contradiction. One between those who condemn the animal killings yet ignore the killing of unborn children through abortion. Children created in the image of God.
But there is a simple reason that the world doesn’t see the logical contradiction: they can’t. The reality is that Satan doesn’t care if lions are killed. As an enemy of God, he is after those who are created in the image of God.
Satan has no need to blind people to the plight of animals. Yet he will stop at nothing to blind them to the plight of unborn children. Those who might live to proclaim God’s love, had they been given the chance.
In truth, it is not the world that needs to open its eyes. (It can’t without the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit.) Rather, it is the Church, whose eyes have been opened, that must embrace its call to speak up. We are the ones who must actively defend the precious lives of unborn children created in God’s image.
Why then do so many churches not make preaching against abortion a priority? The same reason they looked away during the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust.
- It’s too political
- it’s too uncomfortable
- It’s just too hard
As a result, all Hitler had to do to lead the masses was tell convincing lies. Thirty years later nothing changed. In 1973, abortion was legalized, founded on the same lies that “they are not persons,” and most certainly not created in God’s image.
There will always be secular advocates for humane treatment of animals and other social ills. (And we should be concerned about these as well.) However, only God’s Church can truly rise up to defend the unborn because unlike other battles, the defense of human life is not a cultural or political battle, it’s a Spiritual Battle. And spiritual battles require spiritual weapons: the sword of Truth, which is the Word of God.
Only those who belong to God can preach Truth, which comes from God. Jesus Himself proclaimed, “I am the way, and the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). Yet as we preach, may we be ever-mindful that had God not opened our eyes, we’d be just as blind and indifferent as the world – as all of us once were. Truly, it is only by God’s grace that we have been saved. Only through Him can we recognize Truth. Therefore, the blind do not need our condemnation, they need to hear and embrace the Truth. And most of all, they need our prayers.
“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” (Romans 10:14-15 NLT)
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV)