I almost joined Twitter today. I’ve avoided the popular cesspool of idiocy to this point, but I was so close. Just so I could respond to a tweet by Lecrae, of all people. He pontificated his views on the most recent abortion law in Alabama by saying, among other things, that those of us who are crying about the murder of the unborn are pretty much silent about the injustices of those already born. Those who are marginalized. Those who are oppressed. Those who are abused. He doesn’t hear anyone speaking up for them. Really.
So here’s where I’m going to be really blunt. And not so nicety-nice. Perhaps Lecrae and every other celebrity who has signaled his / her virtue to the universe over the past few years has missed something. Perhaps they haven’t quite figured out that the people who are actually doing something are silent for a reason. They’re silent because they aren’t sitting on their phone tweeting about how much they care. Perhaps they cannot hear them because those actually doing the work aren’t shouting it over the internet. Perhaps because they’re, oh I don’t know, too busy actually trying to help the people he says he cares so much about.
I’m tired of it frankly. I’m tired of people who think unborn life is less valuable than born life. It’s an argument that falls apart when pressed logically and furthermore, God never makes that distinction. So, if you’re a professing Christian and you hold to that fallcy, I’d humbly ask you to rethink your views in light of Scripture. Moreover, and more to the point of this post, I’m tired of people trying to justify one atrocity because other atrocities exist too.
Here’s what I wanted to say to that tweet of Lecrae on behalf of the millions of people who cry for the murder of the unborn:
How many babies have you adopted or fostered? How many children have you raised who have been exposed to drugs and alcohol? How many women have you supported? Not just given money to to have an abortion (which I’m thankful you regret), but really supported? Loved when they weren’t loveable. Through the hard stuff. Stuck around when things weren’t working out the way you wanted. How about the elderly? How about those with Alzheimer’s? How many butts have you wiped and bedsheets have you changed when your aging loved ones have lost the ability to care for themselves? How many times have you provided money, groceries, gas, a shoulder to cry on for a poor, single mom? How many women have you counseled out of abusive homes? How many…. ?
And here’s why I didn’t bother, aside from the fact that he wouldn’t read it and it would have been a poor choice in addressing the problem in the first place:
All of that, all that I said above, is as much beside the point as the message of his tweet. The real issue isn’t what we’ve done or what we think at all, but what God has done. What He thinks. What He has created. People. Male and female he created them. In his image. Imago Dei. Nothing else in all of creation has been or will be created in the image of God. Nothing. But too many professing Christians seem to have no knowledge of this Scriptural truth or they have chosen to forget it in lieu of pursuing other, more trendy ideas. But the fact that we have been created in the image of The Almighty has enormous consequences for how we are to live and uphold the greatest commandment of loving God and loving our neighbor.
No other creation has been given this lofty status in the eyes of the Lord. Although we are called to be good stewards of the Earth (as we take dominion over it) and we are called to care for all of God’s creatures (as we subdue them), we are not sinning against an image bearer of God if we sin against the Earth or animals. Contrary to the belief of many in our society, the whales are not as important as the people. Nor are our fur babies as important as our human babies. It’s not that they aren’t worthy of our love and care; they are. But they aren’t image bearers and they don’t hold the same status or value in the sight of God.
The reality is this: When we murder the born or unborn, we are murdering an image bearer of God. When we sin against our neighbor, we are sinning against an image bearer of God. When we spout off on social media and spew spiteful, hurtful words to someone we disagree with, we are spewing at an image bearer of God. And that reality should determine how we love. How we treat others. How we live out “love God, love neighbor.”
So should we care for the oppressed? The abused? The marginalized? Of course. Should we seek to meet their needs? Yes. Should we seek to understand their pain? Yes. Should we seek to love them? Yes. All of that yes. Absolutely yes. But by what standard? The standard of our own feelings towards them or the standard of Scripture? The standard of our human wisdom or the standard of God’s wisdom as outlined in His Word? Which way will actually bring effectual change into the lives of others? Which way will bring everlasting change by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
If we seek to live by the standard of the Bible, we need to approach all life as equal, because God does. We don’t get to justify the unjustifiable. Instead we have to be faithful to what God has said and honor what he honors above all else – His image. Imago Dei.