“…God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself…and He has given us the word of reconciliation.” 2Cor. 5:19
This is a wonderful yet sobering verse of scripture. Wonderful in that it proclaims the good news that God desires to restore us to a relationship with Him; sobering when we consider what it cost Him and the great responsibility that we are entrusted with as ambassadors of Christ.
Recently, I had an encounter at Planned Parenthood that was very instructive. A lady approached the two volunteer escorts that were standing about ten feet from me and addressed us all. She stated politely, “You know, you are both right. Both the pro-choice and pro-life views can be reconciled. You just need to come together and dialogue.” The escorts nodded in agreement (which is ridiculous because they never want to dialogue). I interjected, “Ma’am, abortion, by definition, destroys a human life. This is not a subjective matter. We cannot both be right.” In response she began to quote the Bible, “Judge not, lest you be judged.” (the most quoted, or rather misquoted, verse in the Bible). She also began to instruct me in matters of theology concerning the equality of all sins and the certainty that all sins will be forgiven (with no mention of confession and repentance). I asked her why she had brought religion into the conversation and where she got the idea that I was a Christian? Of course, I was being facetious and admitted that I was a believer. I asked her if she was a Christian and she replied, “Yes.” She turned to leave and again I asserted that the pro-life and pro-choice positions were diametrically opposed and that there was no common ground for reconciliation without repentance on the part of those that advocate for the murder of children. At this she blew her top and really unloaded on me (much to the delight of the escorts). I did my best to urge her to repent, because the god that she served was not the one true God but an idol of her own making. As she sped away she yelled that she would pray for me, I couldn’t help but mutter to myself, “Please, don’t.“
May God have mercy on this confused lady. It is obvious, given her outburst, that something is tormenting her. It is my hope that God would draw her into the light. With full confession and full repentance comes full forgiveness and reconciliation. But God and sinful man cannot both be right. We cannot “have our cake and eat it too”.
Some truths that this episode has reinforced in my mind:
Jesus did not come to make a deal with the Devil. He came to destroy the works of the Devil. He did not come to sit down at the table and compromise with Satan. He came to overturn the table and cast down the “ruler of this world”. Jesus came to crush the head of the serpent and to set the captives free. He came to bind the “strong man” and plunder his house. There is no plan “B” with God. There is no compromise with evil. In Him there is no darkness at all. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords is returning to cast death and the Father of Lies, who was a murderer from the beginning, into the Lake of Fire that burns forever and ever!
Recently, I was asked to consider a scenario that really challenged me and so now I would challenge you to consider what you would do. Suppose that you had absolute authority to accept or reject the following proposal, but you must decide in the next five seconds:
As of tomorrow all legalized abortions will end, not one more baby in the womb will ever be murdered again but, just one more baby (that has been diagnosed with down syndrome) must be aborted today. That’s it, just one more abortion and the genocide will end. What would you do? Would you take the deal? WWJD?