Amos 5:21-24 (ESV)
“Brian, you are so full of [bleep]. You people are all liars who prey on women.”
“Human Coalition is a bunch of right-wing [bleep]. You shame and mislead women. You’re worthless.”
“You aren’t pro-life. You’re pro-birth. You only care about the baby in the womb. You couldn’t care less about supporting the family once the baby is actually born.”
Each year, Human Coalition develops a theme – an overarching message and tone that guides our internal and external communication for the whole year.
Several months ago, our Communications Team asked me to think about a potential theme for 2018. At the time, I was wrestling with some of the core worldviews and principles that drive the abortion culture in the United States. Abortion can and will be ended in the U.S., but it won’t be ended unless we understand and confront the foundations on which the culture of death is built.
Reread the quotes above. We receive these types of accusations and condemnations daily over the phone, in emails, on Twitter and Facebook. If you look closely, you’ll see evidence of the underlying worldview of the abortion culture.
- “You are liars.” I’ve learned that guilty people often accuse other people of their own infractions. It justifies their behavior. The abortion industry perpetuates lies – an entire complex system of beliefs built on falsehood after falsehood. This is why the abortion industry so often accuses life-affirming people of lying – it deflects from their own system of false beliefs.
- “You are right wing.” Part of the reason the abortion industry has been so successful at killing over 60 million children in the womb since 1973 is because they’ve effectively politicized abortion. But abortion is not a political issue. Abortion is, at its root, a spiritual decision. Every time someone decides to abort a baby, they attempt to claim their own divinity. They elevate themselves to a godlike status, giving themselves the “right” to kill another human being. Every abortion is a rebellion against a Holy God who has made each and every person in His image. In most cases this is not some conscious effort – we’ve just trained ourselves to act like gods. And 60 million people have been murdered because of it.
When the abortion machine convinces you and me that abortion is a political issue, they effectively silence millions of people who would otherwise muster the courage to rescue preborn children and their families. After all, it’s not polite to talk about religion and politics, is it? (Ironically, religion and politics are two of the things that impact every person on the planet.)
- “You are pro-birth.” Yes. In fact, we’d like all preborn children to be born – alive. If you take a few moments to think through this claim, you should be sickened and shocked. The underlying substance of this accusation is this:
“You only care about saving the baby’s life. You don’t care about helping the family afterward. And you right-wingers don’t support government programs that would actually care for the child and family. You are inconsistent in your beliefs. Thus, it’s far better that women have the choice to kill their child than give birth to someone you won’t even help care for.”
Did you catch that? If you don’t hold to our political belief system – that government should be everyone’s nanny – then it’s better to kill a million children a year than let them live.
First, Human Coalition created a program called the Continuum of Care that provides tangible help and support for women, babies, and families for the long term. In order to do this, we coordinate with other agencies, many of which are, in fact, government support services.
Second, this accusation has nothing to do with providing long-term services. It has to do with devaluing life in the womb. Don’t miss the center of the claim: it is better to kill people if you and I aren’t willing to care for them (even though we are).
Let’s summarize some of the core tenants of the abortion machine: built on lies, politicized in order to silence the public, and based on devaluing an entire class of human beings. One people group – preborn children – are perpetually derided, disdained, hated, persecuted, and killed so we can exercise our sexuality however we choose.
Thus, Human Coalition’s theme for 2018 became very clear to me and the rest of the team: Justice.
Justice has two sides. The first is disciplining the oppressor. This is the role of the courts – to determine whether punishment should be handed down to someone who has oppressed someone else.
The second is restoring those who’ve been oppressed. It’s about restoring “equality” in the sense that we recognize human beings have inestimable value, regardless of characteristics such as their age, gender, size, social status, physical ability, etc. Not only do we acknowledge that we have equal value, but we behave accordingly.
At its foundation, Human Coalition is a justice ministry. We exist to restore value to the most persecuted people group in American history (preborn children), by tangibly and compassionately helping families move from dependence to independence in their communities.Human Coalition is a justice ministry. Click To Tweet
We do this work through serving women in impacted communities. We reach out to them and offer to bring them into a system that is focused on transformative care for them and lifesaving care for their children.
We work to restore not only life and basic human rights to preborn children, but also the equality of women in our culture. Women have been lied to, exploited (have you read or heard anything about sexual exploitation in the workplace lately?), used, abused, and abandoned. We see it every single day in our women’s care clinics.
Thus, it is just for us to reach out to these women, provide them truthful counsel, walk alongside them in the midst of their struggles, and be their friends and support system.
Abortion is the worst genocide in American (and world) history, killing over 60 million of our fellow sons and daughters since Roe v. Wade. Abortion has demeaned and destroyed women for decades, and seeds of that destruction have borne evil fruit in divorce, suicide, drug use, and relational brokenness. Abortion has eaten away at the souls of men, as they struggle with the fact that they’ve allowed the murder of their own children. They’ve abandoned their wives, girlfriends, casual sex partners, and friends; while treating their own children as refuse, so they can enjoy sexual liberation that only results in further enslavement.
Friends, rescuing a child from abortion is the most just activity I can think of. Coming alongside a woman who is contemplating abortion and befriending her, supporting her, and caring for her and her baby is both selfless and lifesaving.
I’ll be writing much more on this theme of justice as we move into 2018. So for now, I’d like you to read Amos 5. And when you get to verses 21 through 24, stop and meditate on that passage. God says,
“I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (ESV)
God rejects Israel’s worship practices: their offerings, their songs, and their services. He rejects them utterly because Israel both oppressed the weak and refused to restore the oppressed.Let 2018 be the year that we, as a massive movement of people who are concerned for true justice, rise up and restore the weak, the downtrodden, and the victimized – all for the glory of our God. Click To Tweet
Let us not make the same mistake. Abortion is the worst evil to plague America. Let 2018 be the year that we, as a massive movement of people who are concerned for true justice, rise up and restore the weak, the downtrodden, and the victimized – all for the glory of our God in whom true justice lives and breathes.
The egg is alive, Yes? The sperm is alive, Yes? So 2 living things get together in the most natural way possible and produce a new human being. It is never a question of when it became alive, or when is it human. It was always alive and it was… Read more »
Abortion, if you are pregnant, or your girlfriend is pregnant. You do have a choice, only God can bring a life into this world, he chose to do it through you. You can now choose to do it for your child, choose life, choose hope, chose to help your baby… Read more »
If we killed dogs cats and horses like this there would be UPROAR
Folks are still aghast at the holocaust of jews. what about the mega killing of other humans, daily
AMEN! We are so grateful for such profound Truth with Grace of the Gospel message! God is Just! We are praying with you for more pastors and churches to know & understand the full meaning of His Justice as it pertains to Sanctity of Human Life!
Excellent article. Let justice prevail.
I want to encourage you Brian to keep going forward. I pray the favor of the Lord Most High over you, and strength for what you are doing and will be doing in 2018. Blessings to you and those you love. Walk in courage and faith.
Thanks Donna! We will press onward until abortion ends.
Abortion is MURDER-Period!
As an adopted person, I feel a kinship with all pre-born babies whose mothers are not married or are facing challenging circumstances
You can use this as a template for so many different posts: DECEIVER – Planned Parenthood BELIEVER – teen age girls RECEIVER – America and the holocaust that’s occurred for 40+ years ACHIEVER – Human Coalition and other pro-life groups who tell the truth and offer real solutions that don’t… Read more »
As an adopted person, whenever I think of my birth-mother who gave me a chance to live; I’ll forever be gratefull!!! I’ve been given the wonderful opportunity and privilege to experience and know our Creator, more and more each day.! And, because of His wonderful Grace and Goodness, at 66… Read more »
Amen! My wife is adopted also, and we are regularly reminded of how precious her birth mother was to place her for adoption.
Justice: not only a perfect theme for 2018 but also a charge for all of us who are disciples of Jesus, to rise up and fight for the unborn. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God”… Read more »
Thanks Jessica! We are excited about our theme and continuing mission in 2018.
I wholeheartedly agree with your statement. We have turned the womb into an execution chamber where there is no escape. How can a doctor do something like this when they have taken an oath that says “First, do no harm.” May God bless your work.
God Bless you Brian and your team.
Why do you quote from a grossly inaccurate loose translation of God’s Words? Go back and base what you do and write on the true accurate Word of God, the King James Version. Read Amos 5:21-24 KJV “I hate , I despise your feast days, and I will not smell… Read more »
Thank you for saying that you’re a “justice” ministry instead of a “social justice” ministry. Genuine justice does not need a socialistic adjective.
The nasty jab at the Jews is inappropriate, totally uncalled for, and irrelevant to abortion. Almost 50 years ago, when I was pregnant, I worked for my obstetrician. He did ‘therapeutic’ abortions. He apparently became the most prolific abortionist by far, in NY. I don’t like abortion, an742d I didn’t… Read more »
Sun – with due respect, I’m not anti-Semitic and there is no jab at Jews. The facts are the facts, as Amos plainly lays out, and Amos 5:21-24 is a clear refutation against ancient Israel and their oppression, at that time, of vulnerable people. Amos’ words ring as true today… Read more »
Good piece Brian. Amos! Wow am I impressed. We need to convince “the other side” who prostitute themselves by taking Planned Parenthood money to finance their campaigns to stay in power. California’s largest cities have PP giving out millions to gather in the votes to continue its grotesque ‘parts dept.’… Read more »
Amen to that, Diane. PP received some $540M in our taxpayer dollars in their last reported year – to kill our children. And California leads the charge in promoting abortion.
Please pray for the preborn babies of Ireland and their mothers who are in danger of having abortion legalised this year.
Excellent points and goals! I , too, have been derided often with similar insults. A major justification for aborting an unborn child is because it is only a “potential” person, (while the mother is a “real” person) not yet endowed with civil rights or Constitutional and Legal rights and protections.… Read more »
Brian, this was great thank you! In another similar, misrepresented passage, Micah 6, we have all commonly heard, “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” But… Read more »
Well stated, Brian! I am wondering however if, in a relativistic society, any argument can be won through our court or political systems. The appeal must be to the hearts of those facing an unwanted pregnancy. “Don’t want to kill the baby within you, then contact us, we can help… Read more »
Richard – that’s an excellent question that deserves its own book! I would encourage you to read Scott Klusendorf’s Case For Life if you haven’t already – I think he makes a very compelling case that answers your question well.
thank God for people who believe inborn babies deserve life
We have a justice Ministry and also will focus on Justice this year-what a coincidence-Holy Spirit is moving. My scripture is : ” Seek justice, love mercy, walk humbly with thy God.” I will also focus on Amos 5: 21-24! January is Sanctity of Life month, Human trafficking Awareness Month,… Read more »
Happy to, Stephanie. Just contact our office and we can work that out. Thanks for asking. Plus Frederick Douglass’ 200th birthday is in Feb – an amazing man who was firmly and passionately committed to justice!
Except for his anti-Catholic flaw