Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Expose the Deeds of Darkness -article from Abort

Here is the biblical precedent for educating people to choose against abortion: Ephesians 5:11.

Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.

John Piper responds to Paul's charge this way:

I hope you hear the force of [the command in Ephesians 5:11]. It is radically different from the passivity and moral withdrawal of many Christians. Many believers have a passive avoidance ethic and that is all. In other words they think: if I avoid the works of darkness, and don't do them myself, then I am doing my Christian duty. I'm clean. I'm in the light. But that is not what verse 11 says. It says you are only doing half your duty. "Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness"--that's an avoidance ethic. That's half your duty. But it goes on, and in fact puts stress on the next phrase because it is easily overlooked and because it can be very costly: "Rather even expose them!" Don't just avoid the works of darkness, EXPOSE them. This is not avoidance. This is action.... [God] is calling all Christians--to expose the dark and fruitless work of abortion . . .

"Exposing the Dark Work of Abortion" (c) John Piper-- January 26, 1992
also read:

The Darkness of Abortion and the Light of Truth (c) John Piper-- January 26, 2003