How much does letting some of your money go to abortion matter? It seems whenever I post about popular things such as yesterday’s post on the Komen Race for the Cure or last April’s post on American Idol, I hear that I am taking it too far, that we can’t control every cent of ours that might go to abortion. That’s a column for another day, but I was so encouraged by this video from author and pro-life minister Randy Alcorn, where he is interviewed by Mark Driscoll.
Alcorn explains that through a series of events where he was arrested for standing (peacefully) for Life, he had a judgment issued against him. Every penny he makes over minimum wage is subject to 25% of it going to an abortion clinic. Alcorn is the author of about 30 books which have generated millions of dollars for his Eternal Perspectives Ministries
, yet 100% of the royalties of those books go directly through the ministry without touching his pocketbook. He makes minimum wage.
Consider the argument: What if he made $4 million one year, subject to the judgment? He could reason away that even though $1 million went to abortion, he could use $2 million to donate to Life and still live the other $1 million. And many people would call that noble. Alcorn, apparently, would call that dirty money. Instead, he chooses to live on minimum wage because it was unthinkable to give any money to an abortion clinic, even if it means his livelihood and earthly stuff
. You can read the entire story on his blog in these two parts
I’m not trying to make a hero out of this guy. Frankly, I think he should be considered a hero more than the Komen Foundation or anyone who belts out a tune on American Idol, but the point is, what do we really believe when it hits our pocketbook? If we won’t give up something little, what’s to say we would stand when the stakes are high? How pure is our money in the eyes of God?