Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Calling Wrong Things Wrong -by Jim Lamb, Lutherans for Life

Speaking of slavery to some of his opponents, Abraham Lincoln said:

"Why are you so careful, so tender of this one wrong and no other?

. . . There is no place where you will allow it to be even called wrong! We must not call it wrong in the Free States because it is not there, and we must not call it wrong in the Slave States because it is there; we must not call it wrong in politics because that is bringing morality into politics, and we must not call it wrong in the pulpit because that is bringing politics into religion. . .There is no single place, according to you, where this wrong thing can properly be called wrong." (Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Roy P. Besler, Ed. p. 21.)


We must call abortion wrong in our churches because it violates the Fifth Commandment, "You shall not murder." Abortion destroys a human life created by God and for whom Jesus died.


We must call abortion wrong in our churches so our people will know it is wrong. They constantly hear the opposite in society.


But most importantly, we must call it wrong in our churches so that those who have committed this wrong will be able to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ applied to their sin and spoken to their hearts.


-by Jim Lamb

Executive Director

Lutherans for Life, USA