I watched a pro-life movie called “Meant To Be” with my husband a few nights ago. I liked the overall theme of forgiveness and redemption, but there was one part that has made me question some things. The main character says that Christians outside the abortion centers are hypocrites and do not do anything but protest the sin of abortion and judge the women who enter.
Every Christian I personally know who prays outside the abortion centers would take the children who get murdered inside and care for them or find care for them, if they were given the chance to live. Why is this perception of hypocrisy so deep? How can we change this perception that people have of us? Jesus said the world should know us by our love, not our hypocrisy.
Do we seem hypocritical because the girls avoid us to get inside as quickly as they can, clothed in fear or deception that would leave any love unrecognizable? How can we display love and LIFE on the sidewalk? Are we not displaying love on the sidewalk? How can we thrust the love of Jesus over scared, impressionable, deceived, desperate women? What does love look like? Why do the people on our side of LIFE who make movies about LIFE make fun of us?
Sometimes love does not make sense. Sometimes people do not recognize love.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
The love of God was displayed on earth by a naked man beaten and hung on a tree to redeem the world in love. His love was not displayed by manifesting a giant teddy bear to hug people on earth and wink at sin. He destroyed sin, violently, and yet He was silent, like a lamb.
I know a girl who spends countless hours praying alone in front of an abortion center. Sometimes she weeps, sometimes she sings, but mostly she is silent. Silent-like our meek king Jesus.
I was praying for her one night and I saw a vision of her carrying a cross up a hill. She was beaten beyond recognition, but I knew it was her. I think I finally know what it means.
Praying does not make sense to the world and it looks foolish to siege in silence. It does not even make sense to some Christians and to some proLIFE movies, but it makes sense to God and it is “meant to be.”
1Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Maybe we do not stand out there handing out baby blankets and car seats. We do refer mothers who choose life to outlets with that type of practical help. Maybe we do not have big teddy bears spring up to hug people on the way in or on the way out. There is not a girl going in or coming out whom we would not personally hug if given the chance. Please let me encourage you, sidewalk counselor, prayer warrior, silent sieger:
On that sidewalk you are displaying the wisdom of the cross of Jesus Christ and that display of love is never in vain.
Maybe the world thinks it is foolish. Maybe they call you names. They made fun of Jesus and certainly did not understand at that moment what He was doing.
Please do not misunderstand me. I am thankful for movies that promote LIFE and forgiveness. I am not condemning any movie or any proLIFE effort. I am just encouraging the ones who may have been misjudged by the world and even others in the church.
Sometimes love looks like a hug, sometimes it looks like a warm meal or a cold glass of water… But sometimes it looks like a silent sieger taking up her cross daily.