This article was posted on the polemics website Pulpit and Pen (link). It is a very good article from a proponent for abolishing human abortion but has decided that the polemics website he administers would sever ties with an organization with the same name, Abolish Human Abortion (AHA). The point of this blog post is to address something in that post that may have been directed towards some of my posts on their FB group. I want to say now that I am all for abolishing abortion in all stages and in all ways, period. In fact, during this whole situation with AHA I have been convicted to become more involved in the abolishing abortion.
That being said, my original comments were meant to challenge their assumptions about how abortion should be the one ministry that is highest on the list of all Christians. I tried to show that their assumptions could be applied to sex trafficking and pornography specifically. While I was making my point I repeatedly stated that I am against abortion and that it should be stopped. The unfortunate part is that the two people who commented completely ignored those statements and assumed that I believe that the sex trade should be raised to a higher status than abortion, which seems to be how they react to people who question the a priori status of their position. This is how they react to anyone who even raises concerns about the level of focus attributed to opposing abortion.
To repeat, I am not against abolishing abortion. Abortion should be abolished
In his article, the author states the three reasons why abortion should be of the highest concern:
I’m not opposed to calling the Church, or churches to repent of apathy–I believe the church is largely apathetic to this greatest sin. I also disagree with the argument by AHA opponents that other sins or social justice issues are equally as grave and important. Not to write off other issues as unimportant, but I do strongly believe that abortion is a top priority over other issues. It is the only sin in the world that is a.) legal, b.) celebrated in our culture, and c.) directly and immediately takes the lives of innocent children. (emphasis mine)
Abortion is murder, the taking of a life, is what I believe to be true.
Now I will only apply this criteria to pornography because I believe his assertions are incorrect.
- Pornography is legal and has been legal and a protected First Amendment right longer than Roe v. Wade. Worldwide, a lot of countries have “Red Light Districts”, with Amsterdam having the most infamous. India has sections of their major cities set aside for the purpose of the sex trade with sex slaves. In Thailand, children are sold or rented to local sex merchants by parents. All legal.
- Pornography is definitely celebrated in our culture. It is a rite of passage for young men to view pornography and even to hire a prostitute. Pornography and internet porn are a regular punchline in movies and TV shows. I don’t see abortion as a punchline in movies or TV. Abortion is usually treated seriously and soberly if mentioned at all.
- While pornography may not result in the direct and immediate death of a person (but it can), it can indirectly result in the death of the person, mostly women, who are in the sex trade by being kidnapped and forced into performing sex. One could argue they may not suffer a physical death but they are certainly being killed emotionally and psychologically. The other side of that coin is the effect pornography has on the increase of violent sex crimes (source, source).
Abolish abortion, it needs to be stopped because it is murder.
I do not believe that murder of unborn babies is the runaway frontrunner of sins wreaking havoc. The sin of sexual immorality via pornography is a sin that happens within the church. It is a dirty little secret that has some seem helpless while under its spell. I’m sure one could ask a pastor friend how many marriages and families have been destroyed because of pornography. It may be they could tell stories of pastor friends who lost their flock and family because they could not resist the temptation of indulging in pornography. Pornography mocks and blasphemes against the very symbol of the relationship between Christ and the church, His bride.
Abortion is evil but all sin is evil.