At a recent pro-life prayer dinner offered by St. Joseph County Right to Life, the keynote speaker, Mike Spencer from Life Training Institute, reminded everyone of the moral duty to defend life and the merciful duty to loose the chains of those who are oppressed because they have chosen abortion.
The Church, her ministers, and her faithful must present both attitudes:
*A protective voice for the unborn
*A merciful, redemptive approach to the post-abortive
The science of embryology proves that life begins at conception. Be unequivocal about that. Speak about it from the pulpit, in your homes, to your children, in the public square whenever and wherever the issue arises. Faithful Christians can become rescuers by simply uttering the truth. Do not let the next generation be mislead.
The Church has a duty to love those who have fallen. Pastors must show compassion and sensitivity to post-abortive men and women. Pastors often remain silent because they are fearful of offending or hurting those in their congregations who have had an abortion. It is a myth, a mistake, to think that silence is sparing hurt. He pointed out that this is an area where silence in the church is not helping its members who need healing. He articulated that those who are sitting in the pews, suffering after an abortion, can interpret the silence in one of two ways. Either abortion is not a big deal so pastors don’t need to address it, or it is the unforgivable sin and those who are post-abortive are so lost that the pastor does not attempt to help them. They are beyond help. Silence speaks loudly--and it is speaking the wrong message.
Silence is a malignancy that thwarts healing. God’s grace is greater than any mistake, any sin that we can commit. Jesus wants to pick us up and puts us back together. The only way for that to happen is for the silence about abortion to end. Speak out to protect the unborn and speak out to offer mercy and forgiveness to those who are suffering terribly after an abortion.