When I graduated from college, I was too spiritual to worry about abortion. I was pro-life—no question about that. But I could see no reason to get all bothered about it. I had bigger fish to fry. After all, the abortion issue was for people who like to mix Christianity with politics. It was not for people like myself who were into theology and the gospel. I would leave the pro-life cause to those who didn’t know the difference between Christianity and the Republican Party. I had all but washed my hands of it. How short-sighted and foolish I was.
As I have written in this space before, beginning in 1998 God used John Piper to awaken me from my dogmatic slumbers. It was “Extreme Makeover: Theological Edition,” and it required me to rethink some things—not the least of which was my attitude toward the abortion issue. What provoked me most was when I heard Piper tell his story of spending the night in jail after protesting at an abortion clinic. I was astonished that this man that I admired so much thought enough of the issue to get his own skin in the game. I had to reconsider all my priorities at that point, and I haven’t been the same since.
I’m writing about this now because Piper just released an interview today in which he discusses the effort that he participated in during the late 80′s that landed him in jail. It was Piper’s narrative of that experience that motivated me to get involved, and perhaps it will do the same for some of you. If you have some minutes, I recommend that you listen to this. You can download it here, or listen below.
“Arrests and Imprisonments in Opposing Abortion”
I also recommend that you read or listen to Piper’s sermon from January 15, 1989, “Rescuing Unborn Children: Required and Right.” It’s a message on Proverbs 24:10-12 in which he makes the case for the rescue ministry that he was a part of at that time. The Friday after Piper delivered this message, Piper and four staff members from Bethlehem Baptist Church were arrested outside of Planned Parenthood in Minneapolis. You can read the sermon here, download it here, or listen below.
“Rescuing Unborn Children: Required and Right”