One observation of our current in-the-moment culture is that we tend to be forgetful of the past. We live in the present. In regards to the news, no one wants "yesterday's news..." it's like stale, day-old bread to the ears of the modern news watcher. What's happening now is far more important than what happened yesterday.
It's about aftereffects, not current events.
Since January 22nd 1973, in the wake of the Roe v. Wade decision that changed our nation, conservative estimates say some 58 million babies have been aborted. This is tragic, but it is mostly tragic for the women who have had the abortion and the aftereffects they must live with in light of their decision. It is also tragic for their extended families and the men who are the fathers of these children. There are tens of millions of people walking around our country who are now forgotten prisoners. They have this experience bound to the story of their life and many don't know what to do with it. Perhaps regret, shame, guilt, unworthiness, haunting memories, haunting questions and the like are likely a part of their everyday life. What is being done for them? For those who are pro-life, we cannot ignore the plight of the forgotten prisoners of abortion.
It's about healing, not legislation.
Abortion did not start because a law was passed and though it may be slightly curtailed, it will not completely go away if a law were to be passed reversing the decision. Should a law be passed? Yes, I'm all for it. However, I'm also in favor of the church rising into its healing work to which it was called. Jesus came to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons. Jesus said, "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." He sends His disciples with the same mission. What would it mean to one of the forgotten prisoners if you concerned yourself with healing and restoration rather than activism and legislation?
The forgotten truth: Jesus never changed one law.
Jesus never went to Rome to take part in lobbying for legislation. He concerned himself with the forgotten sick (not healthcare reform)... the lonely outcast (not desegregation legislation) ... the vile tax collector (not the tax code) ... the prostitute and so on. Jesus changed people, not laws. His calling to you and to me is to change people, not laws. You are given power and authority in His Name to do His work. You have been authorized by the King over all nations to proclaim His kingdom wherever you are. You can bring the good news to a forgotten prisoner of sin and help them. That is the task of the church.
Don't forget the Prisoners.
Today, one out of every 10 people you encounter will have been touched directly by the aftereffects of abortion. Count off groups of ten people at the store or office today and say to yourself "which one is a forgotten prisoner, and what am I supposed to do about that, Lord?"
You, O Child of God, are to join your King in His Mission.
· The Missio Dei is Healing that which is sick
· The Missio Dei is Cleansing that which is diseased
· The Missio Dei is Resurrecting that which is dead
· The Missio Dei is Proclaiming Heaven’s Kingdom in an earthly Nation
· The Missio Dei is Breaking chains of captivity
· The Missio Dei is Casting out Demons
· The Missio Dei is Caring for the poor
Brett Heintzman is passionate about the spiritual formation of God's people. These writings are designed to draw us close to God and to help us live out of the riches of His presence. It's all about being in the world but not of the world.