Word from the Center Digest: Friday, April 5, 2019
Pro-Life, Pro-Marriage, Pro-Christ
by Peter Scaer
The pro-life movement must focus on the life issue, not be diverted by other aspects of the sexual revolution. Stay in your lane, they say. Don’t let your message become watered down. That’s the advice I hear from all quarters. My guess is that it’s born of fear, a lack of conviction, and perhaps ignorance of what we’re up against.
We are tempted to believe that if we are nice, we will be safe. And for a while the sexual revolution will be happy to pat the heads of those they deem useful. But make no mistake: The sexual revolution takes no prisoners. It began with claims of autonomy, of sexual liberation and freedom. But license leads to cruelty and ultimately oppression.
We’re heading into some dangerous waters. It’s no longer about the freedom to do what it is wrong and harmful; it’s about Christians no longer having the freedom to do what is right and helpful. We all know that Christians must bake the cake . . . or else. So also the florist and photographer. The list of casualties grows ever longer. And I am stuck singing, “You used to say live and let live.” And yet who says a word against it? We know Christian adoption agencies have been forced to close, and yet you tell me to stick to the life issue. Christian counselors are silenced, and we are silent voluntarily, perhaps to further our social advancement. And still they say to the pro-life movement, focus. Stay in your lane. A Brownsburg teacher is fired for not using the mandatory pronouns, and yet in Indianapolis, our Republican governor goes on and on about being a welcoming state. Or at least welcoming those who welcome the new ideology.
What to do?
In all of this, we must remember who is Lord and who is that we aim to please. Children are given to us as trust from God. Ultimately, we must obey God rather than men. Remember, there is only one Lord, and it is God’s Son alone who is our Savior.
And now it’s parental rights. Well, that makes sense. We stand and smile, offering our blessing upon that which God frowns. But there are real consequences. If the state can redefine marriage, then parents have no natural rights. If children do not belong to the mother and father, then there is no family, only power. Perhaps, in the next election, the campaign slogan can be, “If you like your children, you can keep your children.” And you might fall for it again. And yet, as parental rights are stripped, do you still tell me to focus on the life issue?
Hardly anyone says a word. Groups push the revolution, and we smile. And the unwelcome guest is the one who defends the truth. The LGBT revolutionaries are taking children from parents who will not play along, who will not give their children puberty blockers, hormones, soon to be followed by disfiguring surgery. You may be the parent, but the state knows better. And the court will take your children. This has long been a matter of logically seeing how this plays out, but now it’s just observing what’s already happening. Do well to remember that the “T” is for totalitarianism. And if we marginalize, ostracize, fine, fire and silence Christians, well, there goes your life movement too. So much for staying in your lane.
So, what to do, dear Christians? Be strong in your faith and your confession. Do not forget your first love. And do not forget the One who loves you. I might add, this is the time to return to the Scriptures. Read Genesis 1-3. See what our Lord says about marriage in Matthew 19 and Mark 10. And then remember that our Lord laid down His life for you. You, the Church, are Christ’s precious bride, washed clean by the blood of Christ. Be strong and be confident. Knowing that Christ loves you and is strong to protect, boldly confess Him with your mouth and in your lives.
The Rev. Dr. Peter Scaer is associate professor of Exegetical Theology and director of the Master of Arts program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.
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“Be strong in your faith and your confession. Do not forget your first love. And do not forget the One who loves you.” – Rev. Dr. Peter Scaer