Recently, Scott Klusendorf was in Human Coalition’s offices for a few days of staff apologetics training, catching up, and (as usual) some good wit.
He is a pro-life apologetic Jedi. I have recommended his book, The Case for Life, more times than I can count. And in all of my reading, I haven’t found an easier to understand or easier to apply pro-life training guide.
After attending one of Scott’s training sessions, one staff member remarked that Scott had used some of my apologetics material in his lessons. I laughed and said, “You have it backward – I heard it from him first.”
Scott’s organization, Life Training Institute, has a stable of trainers who teach students how to not only defend the pro-life worldview but also think according to the pro-life worldview. In other words, how to process America’s culture of death through the lens of Scripture, ethics, philosophy, and science.
Human Coalition and Life Training Institute recently inked a partnership agreement, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Over the years, Scott has become a good friend to Human Coalition. While we work to rescue babies and families from abortion, Life Training Institute is on the front lines of changing the hearts and minds of our kids and students. It’s already been a fruitful relationship.
If you’ve ever read my blog or books or heard me speak in public, then you are more than aware that I am deeply concerned about abortion in America as it relates to the Church. Scott has similar concerns. And so, as you might imagine, the subject came up in our conversation. The essence of our concern is the tendency for Christians to ignore or downplay abortion – the leading cause of death in America.
Have you ever heard someone say that the Church has nothing to say about abortion because it doesn’t appear in the Bible? The Bible doesn’t contain the words “identity theft,” “Internet piracy,” or “swingers” either, but it surely addresses those topics.
The Bible has a lot to say about abortion – look no further than the sixth commandment in Exodus 20. The Bible roundly and consistently condemns the killing of innocent human life and, conversely, commands us to rescue those who are the intended victims of such killing. Proverbs 24:11-12 can be no clearer, “Deliver those who are being taken away to death and those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back” (NASB).
And since Scripture makes no distinction between the value of a human life inside the womb and a human life outside of it, the command to not kill innocent human life applies to both. As does the converse command to rescue innocent human life.Since Scripture makes no distinction between the value of a human life inside the womb and a human life outside of it, the command to not kill innocent human life applies to both. Click To Tweet
This rescue effort is inherent in the Christian Church and in our faith. Our faith must act; otherwise, it’s as good as dead – as James so clearly points out in the second chapter of his epistle. And this effort – to rescue innocent human life from death – is the very heart of justice and at the very heart of the Gospel.This effort – to rescue innocent human life from death – is the very heart of justice and at the very heart of the Gospel. Click To Tweet
The challenge is helping Christians understand the moral weight of killing children in the womb compared to other “issues.”
Helping couples through marriage counseling is a necessary and godly ministry of the Church. But it’s not as morally pressing as rescuing children in the womb.
Feeding the poor is a necessary and godly ministry of the Church. And yet it’s not as morally pressing as rescuing children in the womb.
Preparing a respectful and appropriate Sunday worship service is a necessary and godly ministry of the Church. However, it’s not as morally pressing as rescuing children in the womb.
Biblical justice oftentimes looks odd or even contrary to what we think of as justice today. It requires us to act very differently than how our culture expects us to act. Biblical justice requires us to love the vulnerable, the frail, the downtrodden, the rejected, the despised. It requires us to love and rescue the smallest, voiceless members of our human community – humans who’ve been stripped of their legal right to live so that we can live our lives as we so choose.
Many people would rush into a burning building to rescue people in danger of losing their lives. Most of us would sprint onto a playground to rescue elementary school kids from imminent danger. Life in the womb has the same value as those lives – what are we willing to do to rescue them?
Jesus came for “the least of these.” And there is no better example of “the least of these” than human beings in the womb, victims of mass genocide. Let’s follow His example by helping “deliver those who are being taken away to death.”