This isn’t a post I enjoy writing.
But there are times when something burns in my mind so much I can’t help but to open my lips (or laptop) and put something out there, knowing the pushback will be mighty.
It started with a satirical article on The Babylon Bee. It looked at the response by Cecile Richards, the woman who runs Planned Parenthood, to the riots in Charlottesville. She spoke out against racism and those who would silence the oppressed and promote violence. The title of the article is,
‘Racism Is Bad,’ Says White Woman Who Oversees Systematic Annihilation Of Minorities
and initially I laughed. Until I realized how tragically accurate the entire article was. The last line, though still satirical in nature, punched me in the nuggets: “At publishing time, Richards was seemingly unaware that she runs Planned Parenthood the same way a white supremacist seeking to obliterate minority populations would.”
I tend to keep my political leaning to myself on here, but there are times when the blindness of some people is staggering and I feel a need to speak. How can someone bemoan the actions and attitudes of white supremacists in Virginia while singing the praises of an organization whose founder wrote things like, “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population”?
Margaret Sanger wrote that in a letter to a Doctor Gamble in 1939. In other published pieces, she has referred to African Americans, immigrants, and poor people as “human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning human beings who never should have been born.”
To be clear, this is the woman who founded Planned Parenthood, the organization which claims to help underprivileged communities with certain ‘family planning services’. as much as they can try to hide behind diplomatic niceties, the numbers from their organization, much less the fact that they were selling actual human tissue, speak otherwise. For instance, last year they performed about 300,000 abortions, and only offered 5,000 adoption referrals. That’s about 1% other ‘services,’ compared to their 99% abortion service.
Or how about the fact that roughly 13% of American women are black, yet black babies make up for 35% of all abortions performed each year.
More jarring is the fact that nearly 80% of their locations are in lower class and ethnic neighborhoods. What this means is that a racist company can hide their genocidal motives behind a cloak of altruism and humanitarianism.
Hitler’s problem is that he didn’t hide his racism very well, openly persecuting people who were able to speak up and fight back. This caught the attention of the world and wrought upon the Nazi regime decades of reparations. Planned Parenthood has gotten better at hiding its racism as a helping hand and instead executes those with no voice or hope of defense: the unborn.
Now, I know many of you may disagree with me about the personhood of the unborn fetus, but I am speaking from my pro-life position which I’ve outlined before.
Let me put it this way: Suppose I hated lions. I wanted there to be no more lions in the world because I hated them so much. I know deep down in my bones that the world would be a better place if lions were eradicated from her surface.
Now, in my long-term goal to wipe lions from the face of the earth, would I start chasing after the full-grown 400 lb. predators, or would I start before they even left their mother’s body? Which one would be easier to kill and control? I would simply take the little organisms, utterly defenseless and weak, and smash them against a rock. Easy.
All I’d have to do is convince the lionesses I was doing them a service and I’d be golden.
My world-lion-reduction plan would be in motion.
In essence, this is what Planned Parenthood and its proponents have done. Once they can convince us that the fetus is not a human, and that the woman would be better off without it, what lower-class neighborhood wouldn’t welcome this generous organization into their neighborhood?
It’s Margaret Sanger’s Aryan dream come true.
The reason this is so alarming to us as Christians is, as I’ve said before, God hates death and He loves life. In all forms. He is not a pro-death God.
And all throughout the Bible, God calls His people to speak up in defense of those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8). He calls us to stand up for the orphan and widow and the immigrant, and calls perverse those who do not (Deuteronomy 27:19). And I’m intentionally pulling from the Old Testament to show that from the beginning of the Bible to the end, God has demonstrated His heart for those who are outcast and pushed down by society. He values those we deem worthless.
The events in Charlottesville exposed a lot of overt hatred still extant in the hearts of many Americans. But I think it can also be a time to expose a lot of hatred, violence, and genocide which has been operating covertly for decades.
So what are my take aways from all of this?
Violence is not okay, no matter who it is toward or who is committing it. As Christians, it is our responsibility to lovingly speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, whether it’s the ill, the elderly, the handicapped, or in this case, the unborn. May we be people not known for violent protests and hypocrisy, but for love and care. Perhaps this even means taking some of these unwanted children into our own homes, the way Christ has brought us into His.
Racism is an injustice. It has no place in the kingdom of God, and as Christians we should be doing all we can to push against it. So let us not be blind to the racist agenda of abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood. Again, this doesn’t mean hating the people who work for it, or those who have had abortions; rather, it means lovingly speaking truth as well as doing our part to contribute to offering alternatives.
Love your neighbors. An Indian family lives next door to my parents, and they are Hindus. I love seeing how my parents are constantly chatting with them and sharing meals and gardening tips. Simple, small, daily acts of love go miles toward mending bridges of racism in our world.
Lastly, we must examine ourselves for hints of inbred racism and bias. Personally, I never would have ever considered myself a racist. But when I’m brutally honest, I know that certain small thoughts and reactions run through my mind at times, reminding me of the deeply sinful nature into which I was born. And I hate that. Racism is a divisive seed planted by the devil to tear us apart; do not let it lie dormant in your soul. I pray for God to examine me and eradicate all traces of bigotry in me, so I can see every person as God sees them. I encourage you to do the same.
Ultimately, we are left with a simple prayer:
Maranatha, Lord Jesus!