Abortion, Righteousness, And The Proclamation Of The Gospel

Michael Spielman

I had the opportunity to speak last month at Faith Bible Church in Murrieta, CA. And before I go any further, let me just say what a blessing it was. Having grown accustomed to churches who want nothing to do with the abortion issue, their show of kindness and support was truly remarkable. And for that I am grateful! But since I don’t do a lot of speaking engagements—particularly of the 45-minute variety—I don’t have a selection of canned messages from which to pull from. As such, I had to prepare something from scratch, or nearly so. The title of my message wound up being “Abortion and the Gospel,” and though its first three-quarters covered territory I’d traversed before, the conclusion explored a line of thinking I had yet to articulate. I’d like to flesh that out more here—and as I told the folks at FBC, there’s a good chance I’m going to say some things you won’t necessarily agree with, but my hope is that you’ll consider the claims I make about Christ and the claims I make about the gospel in light of the gospel accounts themselves.

As you may be aware, the primary impetus for my entrance into the vocational combat of abortion was the story of the Good Samaritan—as expounded to me by Gregg Cunningham. Before hearing that story in such light, I was of the opinion that abortion wasn’t my responsibility and intervening on behalf of abortion-threatened children wasn’t my calling. But what is the underlying warning of Luke 10? When it comes to neighbors in need—neighbors on the brink of death—I am responsible, and I am called. Jesus didn’t condemn the priest and the Levite for what they thought about injustice. He condemned them for what they did about it, or rather, didn’t do.

Some years later, it struck me that there isn’t a group of people in the world who are more qualified to wear the “least of these” label than children whose lives are scheduled to be aborted. In fact, if you take the two groups of people that Jesus commissions as his physical representatives on earth—marginalized young children (Matthew 18:5) and the hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, imprisoned and estranged (Matthew 25:35-26)—and combine them together, you get abortion-vulnerable children. That realization became the ideological foundation for my book, Love the Least (A Lot).

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