How to Defend the Christian Position On Abortion and Marriage
By Larry Plachno
At a recent pro-life gathering it became obvious that while there are a good many people strongly supportive of the Christian position on abortion and marriage, they are not ready and willing to speak up and defend that position. Some are simply afraid to say anything for fear of confrontation or what others will say. Those willing to speak up often admit that they do not know what to say or do.
This is not the time for people to sit on the sidelines and observe. We need everyone out there working to support what we believe in. Sister Lucia dos Santos, the last Fatima seer, sent a letter to Cardinal Carlo Caffarra. In it she said: “The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid.” she added, “because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.”
Caffarra, the retired archbishop of Bologna, Italy, was tasked by St. Pope John Paul II with founding an institute to study marriage and the family. In May of 2017 Archbishop Caffarra gave what might be considered his battle plan for the “final battle” between God and Satan. He said that to be a faithful follower of Christ in these times means to “testify . . . openly and publically” to the truth of God’s creation with regard to the dignity of the human person and marriage. “Someone who does not testify in this way is like a soldier who flees at the decisive moment in a battle. We are no longer witnesses, but deserters, if we do not speak openly and publically,” he said.
For those who are interested, let me suggest some ways you can use to defend the Christian position on abortion and marriage. The first two give you some ideas on why pro-choice and “anything goes” is not logical or workable while the second two explain the merits of Christian ways.
Our Polarized Society
A good place to start is at the beginning. When pressed, Jesus Christ simplified Christianity down to two major obligations: Love of God and love of neighbor. God the Father sent His Son to earth to suffer and die for our sins. Hence, love of God means judging our actions and decisions as to whether they are good or evil and avoiding doing evil. When Jesus Christ told us to love our neighbor, he defined “good” as what is best for other people and society, and not what we want. For centuries, the traditional definition of a Christian is someone who is concerned for others and puts others first.
Hence, when we are faced with an action or decision that could impact others, we have two options. We can be unselfish and Christian as we do what is best for others, or we can put our own self first and do what we want to do regardless of whom we harm. This simple question is what has increasingly polarized our society. One side believes in being Christian, being unselfish and putting others first while the other side believes in putting what they want first. One side believes in responsibilities while the other side believes in rights. One side is conservative while the other side is liberal. It is also interesting that, looking at this from a political standpoint, the people who believe in responsibilities tend vote with red states while those who believe in rights tend to vote with blue states.
Following are simple ways you can argue for and defend the traditional Christian positions.
- Working Together as a Team
One definition of society is “a group of people working together for common goals.” It is common knowledge that people who work together for the same goals are more likely to be successful. Members of sports teams know that the teams with members that work better together for joint goals are the ones who win the most games. Your football team does not stand a chance if every player is executing a different play. Also, consider a team of horses pulling a wagon. What would happen if one horse pulled to the north, another to the south, the third to the east and the fourth horse pulled to the west? Not only would the wagon not go anywhere, but it might get badly damaged. This failure to work together is a major factor why pro-choice and “anything goes” is neither logical nor practical.
As a side note, I might mention that there are historians concerned about the movement to self in our society. What we are seeing today matches the trends that marked the end of the Grecian and Roman civilizations. The people moved away from doing what is best for their society and instead demanded things for themselves. The Romans taxed their conquered nations in order to keep their citizens happy with aqueducts, baths and other amenities. In spite of efforts by some Roman leaders, the people moved away from marriage and family while accepting abortion.
The liberal position encouraging diversity, pro-choice and “anything goes” is not logical or workable for society. A football team will not win a game if every player is diverse or pro-choice on what play to follow. Neither can society achieve goals if people are working towards different goals. Ask them whether we will come out ahead by working together for common goals or whether we are better off fighting over goals.
- How Far Can You Go With “Anything Goes?”
Another problem with pro-choice and “anything goes” is that the theory is faulty because you can not apply it universally. The liberals will demand their “right” to pro-choice and “anything goes” but get confused if you ask them where “anything goes” ends.
If they want the right to be ro-choice, where should it end? Do they want the “right” to extend pro-choice to selling drugs to kids, murder and shooting guns in schools? If they really believe in “anything goes” than maybe we should abolish laws and courts.
Ask a liberal where they think pro-choice should end and you probably will not get an answer. Their real answer would be: “I and people who think like me should be able to be pro-choice on our decisions and actions but those who think differently should not.” The actual logical answer should be that pro-choice and “anything goes” must end before you harm others . . . but they cannot say that because that would endorse basic Christianity. Consider the fact that when someone uses a gun to harm others, the liberals will blame the gun and not the shooter. Why? Because if they blamed the shooter, they would be admitting that good and evil exist and that all decisions and actions are really not pro-choice and “anything goes.”
You might want to ask a liberal if is OK to be pro-choice on selling drugs to kids? Why is it some people can be pro-choice and others should not be?
- Christianity is More Than a Religion
Many people are not aware of the fact that the basic tenets of Christianity are more than a religion. Decades of modern computer reports and statistics surrounding social problems have endorsed and supported the teachings that Jesus Christ gave us 2,000 years ago. Virtually all of our social problems, and many other evils, would be eliminated if we only judged our actions and decisions as good or evil and defined “good” as what is best for others. There may be Christian religions, but Christianity itself is basically a way of life.
Researchers ask why social problems were relatively rare during the first 175 years following the founding of the United States of America. During these years the population of the United States was made up of people of several different religions including the Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans and Jews. But what they all shared in common was acceptance of the Christian way of life. It was only when people moved away from Christianity, and moved away from judging their actions and decisions as good or evil based on others, that social problems began to increase.
Removing the Ten Commandments from public buildings is somewhere between ludicrous and stupid. Do you want to send a message that “Do not Kill, Do not steal and Do not bear false witness” are no longer a concern? Once we move away from doing what is best for society, our society starts to fall apart. Ask the liberals whether we should do what is best for society or not.
4. Christian Basics
I often hear liberals saying that Christians are against abortion and for traditional marriage. While this is true, it misses the intermediate step of why Christians take the position they do.
Again going back to the beginning, Jesus Christ taught us that “good” should be defined as what is best for others. I might stress that this is not what people want. Kids might want to skip school and hang out on street corners or eat cookies and candy instead of balanced meals, but this is not good for them or for society. Hence, Christians evaluate their actions and decisions as good or evil based on how they impact others. So, the basic question is whether we should do what is best for others or not? That is a good question to put to liberals because that is the basic tenet of Christianity.
This means that we need to evaluate our actions and decisions as to whether they are good for other people and society or not. The decision on selling drugs to kids or not selling drugs to kids is fairly straight forward. The decision on whether to murder or not murder is also pretty obvious. Several prominent Christian researchers and writers have said that if it can be shown that marriage is bad for society, then Christians would be obligated to change their position.
Join the battle. Speak up. Do something to defend your Christian beliefs. You may accomplish a lot or just a little, but along the way you will be a good example to others.
“Editors Note: It is our privilege to publish this piece on defending your Christian faith by Larry. I think this article is especially important as we enter into this holy advent season, preparing for the celebration of the birth of our Lord this Christmas. May our Lord send His Holy Spirit to all of us so we can put into practice the
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