Summary: Christians respond to help the helpless because God rescued us. There is no one more helpless than a child whose mother has been told that the best thing that she can do is to have an abortion. What can we do to save those unborn children?
Today is Sanctity of Life Sunday. It has been 41 years since 1973
Since then, 57 million Abortions in the US
It’s hard to talk about abortion and not get emotional. Our daughter and her husband are expecting a new baby. Their friends have a tiny newborn. We can’t imagine an unwanted child. But to a 14 year old girl, things look different. Her natural instincts and her moral objections are easily overcome when someone promises that they can make the “problem go away.”
God hates murder and abortion is murder. Sin causes great harm. Women are raped. Abortion is never the answer.
For many, painful because you have had difficulty or are unable to get pregnant.
For many, painful because you or someone you love willingly aborted a baby.
But what can we do??
PART of me DOES NOT WANT to speak about abortion.
- It’s not a “happy” subject
- We all are convinced that abortion is wrong, so what’s the point?
HOWEVER…. It is good for us to remember and speak the truth.
Proverbs 24:10–12 (ESV) — If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. 11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. 12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?
The Meaning of Proverbs 24:10-12
This passages address what the righteous must do when they see victims of unjust oppression and have the means to help. The righteous have a responsibility to help the weak. Here, the word weak = helpless.
They are “Stumbling to the slaughter.” I see in this phrase a picture of people being taken captive unjustly. This happened regularly in the ancient world. The righteous are instructed not to turn a blind eye, pretending not to be aware of the plight of the helpless.
The righteous cannot ignore the needs of the helpless.
Psalm 41:1 (ESV) — “Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him”
Compassion for the helpless defines the righteous. The lack of compassion condemns the wicked.
At the FINAL JUDGMENT the righteous are identified by how they showed grace to the helpless while here on earth. This is important to God because when he rescues someone by grace, he expects that the one rescued will act toward others in the same way that God has acted toward them. Matthew 25:34–40 (ESV) — 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’