He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
The issue of abortion makes the blood of many prolife activists boil. We demand justice, and rightly so. In fact, we should be filled with righteous anger when innocent lives are taken by other humans. Something is wrong with the conscience of an individual who knows that abortion steals a human life, but does not demand justice. There is head knowledge, but no heart action.
Unfortunately, many of us swing the other way. We know abortion steals the lives of innocent humans. We know that it is murder. We know we must demand justice. We say that we are prolife, but we attack and demonize hurting individuals who have made mistakes in their past.
When was the last time you saw an unmarried, pregnant girl? Did you silently judge her? Did your mind rush to the fact that she’s a sinner? Or did you love her and the unborn child with the same type of love? An equal love. I know it’s hard for some of us not to judge. We’ve been raised in Christian homes with Christian friends and Christian education. But news flash: we’re all sinners! And contrary to what many people assume, it is not a sin to be pregnant outside of marriage. It merely implies sin.
That leads me to the three attitudes that the Lord requires of man, listed in Micah 6:8:
- Do justly
- Love mercy
- Walk humbly with thy God
What do these have to do with abortion? Well let’s look at each one individually.
1. Do Justly
We have already established that it is right for us to demand justice when it comes to abortion, but what about other areas? Shouldn’t we also demand justice be done to the rapist? To the abusive? To the deceiver? If we demand justice in one area of our beliefs, we must demand justice in all. To do anything less would be hypocritical.
2. Love Mercy
Mercy – compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm:
We all have the power to harm anyone. Maybe not with our actions, but with our words. It may be just to tell all your acquaintances about how so-and-so supports this or how so-and-so did this, but it is by no means merciful. Neither is it merciful to demonize and attack women who are hurting. As I’ve said before, the way to the heart is by love, not punishment. We must establish a balance of justice and mercy in order to combat the rampant evils of abortion and the suffering of thousands of women who have been beaten, hurt, deceived, and abused.
3. Walk Humbly with Thy God
This third leg of the triangle is absolutely necessary in order to succeed in balancing justice and mercy. The only way we can truly balance the two paradoxical ideologies is by humility. We must remember that we too are sinners. We are wretched, depraved, and evil people with no hope of salvation outside the mercy of God. Anyone who knows that will be merciful if their heart attitude lines up with their head knowledge.
Yes, we are to demand justice. But yes, we deserved justice, and it is only by the mercy of God that Jesus took our punishment for us. And in doing so, both justice and mercy were satisfied. The just, merciful, and humble person must sacrifice, or all three demands can never be met. We must give up possessions, time, and energy to help those who are suffering. In turn, we must demand that justice be done to those who take human life without just reason. And we must always walk humbly with our God.
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