#AnotherBoy – Thoughts on Planned Parenthood

Many of you have been impacted in the past several days by the release of four videos by the Center for Medical Progress, exposing some of the previously unknown practices of Planned Parenthood, the federally funded non-profit organization that provides “services” focused on reproductive, maternal, and child health. These vides have been damning, to say the least, and have caused an uproar among millions of United States citizens. While some have decided to “stand with” Planned Parenthood, the majority of citizens on whom this uproar has made an impression are appalled and outraged.

Christians in the states have, by and large, been utterly outraged, and rightly so. While the spectrum on contraception and family planning varies widely from Christian household to Christian household and from church and church, the global Church and its members have always been generally pro-choice, anti-abortion. However, the release of these four videos by the Center for Medical Progress has incited a new and even greater outrage. It has inspired Christians to vocalize more than ever their godly moral opposition to abortion and Planned Parenthood. It has led Christian author and leader Eric Metaxas to dub this a “Wilberforce moment,” referring to the 18th-19th century English slave trade abolitionist William Wilberforce. It has forced responses from politicians, including president-hopefuls Ben Carson[1] and Rand Paul [2] to weigh in on the issue as well. It’s safe to say, in fact, that every person who has engaged with the Planned Parenthood videos on any level has had at least an internal response of some sort.

For Christians like myself, as I have stated above, the essence of that response has been moral outrage. However, seeing the millions who are responding in the same way has incited a different emotion: excitement. It’s given me courage. Above all, it’s given me renewed hope. It’s made me excited to see millions responding correctly to such a sinful industry; it’s increased my courage to speak openly and honestly; it’s given me hope that we might see the end of – or at least massive restrictions on – this atrocity in my lifetime.

This whole thing is helping me to understand more deeply and on an experiential level what the Apostle Paul meant when he said he was “afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair,”[3] and elsewhere when he claimed that Christians are “regarded as…sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.”[4] We know that God will not tolerate the evil of the abortion industry, and we know that vengeance belongs to him and him alone. But we also know that he has called us to respond with love and protection and care for the vulnerable here and now, and who is more vulnerable than the unborn? I’ll answer for you: no one. If the exposure of the evils of the abortion industry leads to the kind of outrage that will cause a change, praise God. If the appalling videos that we’ve watched and listened to lead to the defunding of a currently federally funded organization that commits these atrocities, praise God. And the best part is, based on the reaction that we’ve seen in the past several days, that’s the direction that we’re heading.

As I cannot put it more eloquently or accurately myself, I’ll leave you with the words of Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, who took to Twitter earlier today: “Planned Parenthood,” Moore said, “that sound you hear is a reawakened and rejuvenated pro-life movement. #DefundPP #AnotherBoy”

Amen and amen.

[1] (http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/28/politics/ben-carson-planned-parenthood/)
[2](http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2015/07/29/rand_paul_says_he_is_two_ votes_away_from_defunding_planned_parenthood_we_may_well_get_some_democrats.html)
[3] 2 Corinthians 4:8, ESV
[4] 2 Corinthians 6:10, ESV

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