The recent activities of Grayson and Tina Haver Currin (Saturday Chores) have generated a firestorm of media interest and online discussion, turning the national eye to an abortion clinic located in Raleigh, NC—A Preferred Women's Health Center. For several weeks, the couple has stood next to us and posed for a quick photo op, holding mocking signs like, “I Love Turtles”, “Jesus Slays”, and “Bring Back Crystal Pepsi.”
The press reports, and the Currins, have both characterized us as an aggressive and hateful group, bringing a message solely of judgement and damnation for baby-murderers and their allies. This has mischaracterized who we are and the content of our message.
Who We Really Are
We are fathers and mothers; we are grandparents; we are families; we are single adults; we are adopted children whose mothers decided not to get an abortion; we are forgiven sinners. In many ways, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 describes us best:
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Apart from His grace, there's nothing that would keep us from walking through the door of an abortion clinic.
Why We Are There
For the past four years, we’ve gathered outside the clinic for three reasons:
- To lift up our voices to defend the unborn and affirm that children are a blessing (Gen 1:26-27, Jer 1:5, Ex 20:13, Ps 127:3-5)
- To offer support—financial and otherwise—to the mothers and/or adoption for the babies (Jam 1:27, Ps 72:12-13, 1 Jo 3:17-18)
- To declare the mercy of God offered through the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Ez 33:10-11, Is 55:1-2, 1 Jo 4:10)
The Creator's View of Life
The Bible is the foundation of our understanding of the value of human life. In the creation account in Genesis, we learn that mankind was made in the image of God:
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
– Genesis 1:27
Because we are made in the image of God, murder is a crime against Him. It is the destruction of His image in the world; it is a contradiction of His love. His disposition toward it is clear:
Whoever sheds man’s blood,
By man his blood shall be shed;
For in the image of God
He made man.
– Genesis 9:6
You shall not murder.
– Exodus 20:13
In light of God’s commands, there’s only one relevant question for us to consider. This question frames our understanding of the entire abortion debate—when does life begin in the eyes of the Creator?
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.
– Jeremiah 1:5
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb...
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
– Psalm 139:13-16
These verses, and many others (Ps 22:9-10, Is 44:2, Luke 1:41-42, 44), clearly demonstrate that God forms life within the womb. We can choose to label a baby as a “fetus” or “group of cells”, but the Creator views this new life as a child made in His image from the moment of conception.
Speaking the Truth in Love
In light of these truths, we believe it is appropriate to say that abortion is murder (Ex 21:22-23), that God hates the shedding of innocent blood (Prov 6:16-17), and that the eternal consequences for such things are grave (Rev 21:8). God says to us, “open your mouth for the speechless” (Prov 31:8-9) and “deliver those who are drawn toward death” (Prov 24:11). Truth, spoken out of love, is not hatred. Ephesians 4:15 calls it, “speaking the truth in love”. However, if this is the entire sum of our message, we might as well pack our bags and head home, because there is no hope.
Fortunately, this isn't the case. The message that we’re presenting, week after week, is much greater than judgment and damnation. We come to proclaim the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for all who would repent (Acts 3:19). The Son of God laid down His own life for every kind of sinner, even murderers.
Our Appeal to Mothers and Fathers
It's our desire to share this hope in the final moments before a mother enters the door of the clinic to pursue a choice with irreversible effects. We ask if she would be willing to come and speak with us, making it clear that we're there as Christians to offer support. We tell her that her baby's life is precious in the eyes of God and that there are other options. We also warn parents of the reality of what is taking place behind those walls and that it is murder in the eyes of God. Most importantly, we want to make it clear that true hope and help can only be found in Jesus Christ.
These urgent appeals have given us the opportunity to engage in many one-on-one conversations with men and women outside of the clinic. We’ve prayed alongside mothers who have turned away and chosen life for their baby. We’ve counseled parents that are fearful of their circumstances and unsure of what to do. We’ve offered the hope of Jesus Christ to women who chose to go through with an abortion.
With every encounter, our intention is to present the words of God and not our own opinions. No one will be held accountable to our standard. God has set the standard and provided us with sound counsel to navigate the most challenging circumstances in life (Psalm 119:105, 2 Tim 3:16-17).
The New Standard
Abortion is just one manifestation of a dramatic cultural shift away from the word of God as the objective standard for truth and morality. What have we put in its place? Individual opinion, which boils down to the 60's mantra, “if it feels good, do it”.
When “unwanted pregnancies” become a problem, we can conveniently change the definition of life and ignore the real underlying issues. From childhood, this kind of thinking has been deeply ingrained into our minds and hearts. Today, it leads millions to the doors of an abortion clinic to seek “help” and a solution to their “problem”.
Sadly, it's all a lie; a lie that's costing the lives of millions of children and leaving mothers with a deep emotional scar that will never be forgotten. If unrepented of, it's a lie that will lead millions to a place of eternal torment and separation from God (Matt 25:41-46).
The Good News
God's ways are better. His words, law, promises, and gospel—which literally means "good news"—are all designed to produce happiness in the world. The further we depart from His ways, the greater devastation we'll see. In speaking of wisdom, Proverbs 3:17-18 says:
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who retain her.
As those who have been delivered from the devastation that sin produced in our own lives, we're grateful for the privilege to proclaim this message of hope in a dark place. Christ entered the world for this purpose and we long to follow in His footsteps:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
– Luke 4:18-19