Last Friday, Congress approved a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill and a deal which helps keep Planned Parenthood funded. For pro-choice citizens and the reproductive rights movement, this is good news.
Cecile Richards, the Planned Parenthood president was praised for her leadership in a time of such attack, being lauded as “one of the nation’s most astute political players.”
For pro-life citizens, this is bad news. Franklin Graham recently wrote on Facebook, “Abortion is murder in God’s eyes. Seeing and hearing Planned Parenthood talk nonchalantly about selling baby parts from aborted fetuses with utter disregard for human life is reminiscent of Joseph Mengele and the Nazi concentration camps!”
We should stand in the gap for the voiceless like unborn babies who are aborted and never get to take their first breath. We should pray for peace and justice in this country. We should make sure our prayers, votes, actions and dollars go towards what will build a stronger and better country.
But what is the balance of speaking out for what is right without harming another with our words? It seems inconsistent for conservative Christians to speak out strongly against issues like abortion, or a pastor’s harsh comment about Muslims or protesting same-sex marriage.
Certainly, Jesus had choice words for Pharisees, Sadducees and those who elevated themselves above others. When we speak out for or against an issue, our words greatly matter. The words Jesus said and the names he called the Pharisees were carefully chosen.
Can you picture Jesus picketing a Planned Parenthood clinic, shouting at gay people, or not welcoming Muslims? This does not seem consistent with the way Jesus lived. He came to save the sick and lost. He had dinner with tax collectors, thieves and sinners. His table would be filled with the people we often shout at, are afraid of or disagree with.
When we speak out on issues and injustices, what is our goal? Is it to be right? Or is it for our Father’s glory? It’s a humbling decision to make. Who are we to use words and actions that could hurt or harm our Father’s glory?
He is responsible for making His character and glory known to the nations for salvation and rescue. And yet, by some amazing mystery, we are part of this story of the kingdom of God.
What’s the balance between fighting for life and injustices while loving and using our words and passions wisely?
Our words matter. We must use them well.
Are we seeking to right a wrong or are we seeking to be right and to win? I’m still wrestling with this. Please share your thoughts below.