How far should a Christian go with political involvement? Some people say that this world is not our home and that we should just trust the Lord, looking ahead to what God has promised us eternally. Others seem to feel there is a place for Christians to protest against practices that contradict what the Bible clearly teaches, such as abortion.
As Christians we must search our hearts to know what each one of us is called to do and in what way. We were placed in this world to be witnesses for Christ in word and action. The idea of looking ahead to eternity does not avoid the difficulties of cultural life on earth. Living unaware, insular lives is never an option. We cannot keep our service and outreach within comfortable venues. Any action, however, must be solidly based on scriptural truth and done for love of that truth. For example, the genocide of the unborn taking place on a regular basis in this country grieves God and should grieve us. Psalm 127:3 says, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” And Proverbs 6:16–17 notes, “The Lord hates . . . hands that shed innocent blood.” To deliberately end the life of an unborn baby is murder. Trying to persuade those who are contemplating abortion to choose otherwise and taking steps to show the horror of abortive practices— these are courageous acts when done with humility. Our desire should be both to protest against a societal evil and to protect life.
Protecting life could also include supporting organizations like Crisis Pregnancy Centers, which work not only to educate but also to care emotionally and practically for women who may think they have no other option to abortion. In these times, we have to take a good look at the courage that being a Christian demands, the kind of courage that is willing to pay a price.