Reaching the Pro-Choice with the Gospel

Monday, May 28, 2018

As we spend time in our upcoming week reaching out to the pro-choice activists and abortion workers, remember Saul; a man who lived with an all-consuming passion to persecute the church. He hated Christ and Christians. “As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison” (Acts 8:3).

If anyone looked too far gone, it was Saul. He was committed to chasing down anyone who claimed the name of Christ. He was not merely not a Christian himself; he wanted Christianity to disappear from the face of the earth, and he was doing everything he could to make sure that happened. He wasn’t “tolerant” of Christ or one to say, “Well, I don’t personally feel that way;” he passionately hated Jesus and His church.

When we think of the pro-choice activists in our lives, sometimes we think, “They’re too deceived and stuck in the lies of our culture to change.”

Though Paul wasn’t running around saying, “My body, my choice,” he was deceived and living out of the lies he believed.

Yet Jesus passionately pursued this man’s soul.

“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem” (Acts 9:1-2).

He was amidst his anti-Jesus activism. Looking for Christians to persecute, arrest, and speak threats to, when suddenly:

“As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him,

‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’

‘Who are You, Lord?’

‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.’ (Acts 9: 4-5).

Jesus intervened and saved Saul. This man could not go on living the same way; his life was radically changed forever.

As we push forward, reaching out to those who sometimes hate us, accuse us, and mistreat us in the abortion industry, may our response of soul be one that says, “My God is able to save them to the uttermost.” He can rescue them out of this business of death; He can open blind eyes to see, and bring the darkest soul into the kingdom of light.

May we pray with the passion Jesus has for redemption. May we share Him in word and in deed with the pro-choice.

Saul, who hated Christ and breathed out threats toward anyone who claimed His name, was so radically changed, that he had a new identity. Now newly named, Paul said:

“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God we’re pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

May our dealings with the pro-choice reflect the love, joy, grace, and boldness of heaven.

"Love of God, love through me" (Amy Carmichael).