When abolitionists say that the removal of evils in a culture is to be body-driven, we mean two things by this statement.
First, if the cure for abortion and other evils is the gospel of Jesus Christ, then abolition can only be carried out by those to whom the gospel has been entrusted (Mat 28:19-20). The body and bride of Christ alone is empowered to be salt and light in a dark world (Mat 5:13-16); we alone expose evil by our light (Eph 5:6-11); we alone destroy the ungodly thinking that defends evil (2Co 10:3-5); we alone can carry out the work of abolition.
The second, more controversial idea is that abolition is the duty of every Christian. We reject the prevalent, attractive, conscience-soothing idea that interposing on behalf of innocent people is a task given only to Christians with a special gift or calling.
In the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Jesus demonstrates that religious people will often pass by a neighbor in need, and that this is an example of sin — the neglect of a universal duty that transcends any particular gifts, skills, or callings that individual Christians may have.
Many Christians believe that working to defend preborn children is a special gift, skill, or calling given only to some people in the body of Christ. Others believe that every Christian has a duty to fight evil in general, but the specific evil(s) chosen by a particular person is dependent on that person’s gifting, skills, interest or calling.
Abolitionists believe that every Christian has a duty to abolish every form of evil that he or she encounters in this world; there is no gifting or calling specific to a particular evil. This kind of thinking is seen in God’s law that He gave to Israel, which placed the duties of abolishing abortion and other evils on everyone under the law, not just those with a particular calling (e.g. Lev 20:2-6).
When there is no punishment or atonement for innocent blood, the blood guilt rests upon the entire community that is tolerating sin (Deu 21:1-9, Lev 18:24-25), not just the individual murderer. Because of this principle, God places a duty on every person in a community to abolish abortion and other evils which surface.
Some Christians object that individuals do not have enough time to abolish every form of evil; however this a misrepresentation of the problem. There is no temptation in existence except that which is common to man (1Co 10:13). Every form of sin can be classified under ten commandments (Deu 4:13), or even two (Mat 22:37-40); and all sin is abolished with one gospel. The particular victims and nuances of sin will vary with the circumstances, but the Bible is sufficient to instruct us on any form of evil we may encounter, and how we should prioritize our time and activities.
Rather than lessen the yoke that is placed upon us in scripture, we should examine our hearts and our actions to see if we are truly living in obedience to Christ. Typically Christians do not have a problem with lacking time; we have a problem with football, career aspirations, video games, and social media living as a higher priority than serving people who are created in the image of God.
Therefore we unashamedly maintain that every Christian today who is able and does not stand against the abortion holocaust, and sex-trafficking, and rape etc. in meaningful, practical, self-sacrificial ways is guilty of the same sin committed by the priest and the Levite in the parable of the good Samaritan. Such was the case with many of us, but we have repented, and are now encouraging other Christians to do the same.
Many Christians instinctively recognize that they have a God-given duty to help the needy and the oppressed. In a culture where the neediest people are the 1,000,000+ people being killed by abortion every year, they understand that Jesus does not give us the option to walk by these children on the other side of the road as they bleed into the ground (Luk 10:25-37).
Many Christians know that they should do something, but they don’t know where to begin. The Activate series is designed to give you a simple, free way to educate yourself about the abolition of abortion, and to make an impact on the people in your social network.
Five minutes out of your day can save the child of someone you know. Join the great social campaign to help shift the culture’s perspective on abortion toward repentance and trust in Jesus Christ.