The health care debate rages on. National and state politicians go back and forth, discussing, arguing, and raging over issues concerning health care – on a national scale and on the state level. Most everyone that you might ask has an opinion on this issue. Why? Well, of course, people’s health and healthcare are very important.
Civil rights issues also seem to stay at the forefront of the news. People protesting racism in one form or another makes the news every day. Perceived racism, actual racism, discrimination in any form, it seems, “will not be tolerated.” Those who “perceive” racism protest in different ways. Why protest racism perceived or real? Because this issue is very important.
Then there are athletes who are choosing to protest by “taking a knee” during the playing of the national anthem. It seems, they are seeking to make a statement though many in our culture don’t agree with either their message or methodology. They do it anyway. Why? Because they perceive the issue(s) as very important.
We also have entire institutions in our culture which center around protecting people’s rights and privileges. Many of them may or may not live up to their name and their so called cause, yet they supposedly exist for the purpose of protecting people’s rights. Some include our own U.S. Government, Global Rights, the ACLU, NAACP, etc. People are often adamant about the importance of keeping these entities or institutions in our culture in place in order to protect, safeguard, and advance particular issues and/or rights because they are perceived as very important.
Tragically though, there is one people group whose rights regularly get trampled upon but very few seem willing to protest on their behalf. For this group, the reality is they are simply ignored and they “don’t count.” They don’t seem to be very important. “What group is that?” you may ask. Children in the womb. Many believe that children in the womb don’t count. But the question that must be asked is “Why is this so?”
If people are so concerned about the healthcare of those who are living, breathing, and walking around in our society, should it not be important for children in the womb as well? If everyone is so concerned about having their civil rights protected, shouldn’t the civil rights of children in the womb be protected and respected?
Even if no one else will speak up for these children, the body of Jesus Christ must speak up! We are called to speak up on behalf of the poor, the weak, and the helpless. Proverbs 31:8-9 tells us “Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Also, Proverbs 24:11-12 says “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?”
He who keeps your soul, does He not know it and will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” God sees the unborn as precious, and He sees them as being just as important as any other human being. Therefore, we, the church of Jesus Christ must do the same. We are called this day to stand for the innocent and speak out on their behalf. Why? Because they, too, are very important.