There is absolutely nothing worse than watching someone (or someones) being zeroed in on the wrong target. Especially when you agree with much of what they stand for and do. But when they begin to make targets out of would be allies, then you have to question exactly what is motivating their “movement”.
This is what I’ve unfortunately seen take place between the Abolish Human Abortion (AHA) movement and pretty much every other pro-life organization AND organized church entity. They have turned allies into enemies. They have zeroed in on the wrong target. I’ve seen it time and time again. And I think it needs to be addressed.
And for the purpose of this article, that will be the focus of what I have to say.
They have turned allies into enemies.
They have zeroed in on the wrong target.
They have created a chasm of division where it probably wasn’t necessary.
Do not misunderstand me.
I appreciate what the AHA brings to the table. I too want to see abortion abolished once and for all. In fact, we have the South Carolina AHA Society founder in our church and she does great work, and has a great spirit and does much to combat abortion in our city (especially since our church is 2 or 3 blocks from the death-mill in Charleston). And I have personally partnered with her on several things as a pastor in her church.
But the issue is that I keep seeing, especially from so-called “leaders” in the AHA movement, severe and seemingly unwarranted attacks on every pro-life group and organized church out there almost daily. Like, I’ve literally had to stop following some of them on Facebook because it’s become too vitriolic.
It doesn’t even matter if they know the group or the church…if they don’t wear an AHA shirt, adopt orphans, or go to the death-mill every day…OR if they have a 501c3 label (I was literally told that churches with 501c3 labels are in sin because of the 501c3 – in fact he went so far as to say any member of a church with a 501c3 label is most likely not even a Christian…I can’t make this garbage up), then they “are the problem” in their mind.
They are the “ENEMY”.
In fact, I’ve heard from more than one AHA leader personally that they absolutely consider these pro-life groups and most of the organized churches in America enemies. And would go so far as to say they are more so the enemy than the doctors and mothers who are killing their children without a second thought or even the politicians that are passing legislation to allow this to continue.
And this causes me to ask the question, why?
Why do they see so many organizations and churches as enemies?
I’ll be frank…many of the pro-life organizations started out with a legit motivation to see abortion ended. But, many of them having been in existence for nearly 40+ years, their motivation has turned from abolishment to keeping their organizations alive through compromise on key abortion legislation. So much so that they refuse to take the necessary steps to see abortion abolished once and for all, because it might actually jeopardize the existence of their group.
And for that they are wrong. Dead wrong. I’m willing to say that.
But, I think they should at least be honored in as much as they have been fighting almost from the beginning to see abortion ended. They may have gotten off track now, but they started strong. This doesn’t make them enemies…it just makes them off-base, and in serious need of a refocus of priorities.
The same goes for many churches that the AHA goes after in their “Church Repent” project. No doubt many of them take a very weak stance on life and abortion. Many of them refuse to preach about it and teach about it from their pulpits and small groups out of fear of offending people.
Of this, I have no doubt. And guess what, they are wrong. Dead wrong for having taken such a pathetic stance against abortion (if you can call it that). And righteous pastors and other church leaders should be out there calling them to repentance…not a bunch of offended and angry abolitionists who are not doing it from a correct spirit.
BUT….that isn’t all churches…and I’d dare wager probably not most of them either. And I just don’t know how much good these AHA folks are actually doing by picketing and harassing churches on Sunday mornings, especially when a good chunk of them have no connection to a local church…and when confronted on that specific concern they go off on you and talk about “undefiled religion” and “New Testament church models” as if they are doing church 100% correctly themselves (I’ll just go ahead and say that if they do not have a spiritual authority they submit to, then they aren’t doing it 100% correctly).
So again, why then do they see so many organizations and churches as the enemy?
I think the answer is 2-fold:
- An elitist attitude: Let’s just call it what it is; arrogance and pride. They believe they are the only ones fighting abortion correctly. I would remind them to be careful when suggesting they are the only ones fighting correctly for the unborn….Elijah made a similar mistake when he complained to God that he was the only one faithful (1 Kings 19) in all of Israel. God reminded him real quickly that there were actually 7,000 faithful…and unfortunately for Elijah, this marked the end of his ministry as God instructed him to find a replacement (Elisha). I would hate to see the AHA ministry reduced to a footnote in history books because of their arrogance and pride.
- An offense: Yes, I believe, based on my many years in the ministry (growing up in it and being a minister myself) that the bulk of the AHA folks that speak and act like this that I have personally come into contact with are doing so from an offense toward pro-life groups and/or churches. Clearly, they are burnt stones, and instead of confronting the offense they have turned the offense against the church and now make outlandish claims that the “true church” is them (AHA) and that anyone who comes up against them is persecuting them. And if truth be told, I would dare say the offense birthed the elitist attitude in them. And is ultimately rendering them useless.
Because of these two things they have become unteachable, uncorrectable, and unaccountable. And folks, that ain’t a good place to be according to the bible. But that is where I see many of them residing right now.
So instead of being effective in the abortion fight, they are rendering themselves irrelevant in the eyes of most would-be allies and working themselves into obscurity. They call for the church to repent (which I think needs to happen mind you), but seem to ignore their own need for repentance.
I do hope this changes, but at this rate, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. They can’t seem to let themselves address this. I’ve tried to talk to them about it, but it seems to fall on deaf ears.
But Church, even so, I think we should all take this as a warning. We are all just as capable of falling into this trap. The REAL enemy loves nothing more than for allies to become enemies. For division to creep in and halt progress. He relishes in it. He thrives on it. He loves when our own worst enemy is ourselves.
And that is exactly what’s happening. I’ve watched AHA and other groups bicker and fight one another more so than they do abortion. All the while the world watches on wondering how serious they should take a bunch of people who seem to hate each other so much.