madblog poses a difficult problem. How are we supposed treat those who favor the abortion of the unborn? I don’t exactly know. The Bible isn’t specific. However, some sins deserve fierce condemnation. For example, the Apostle John, often known at the apostle of love, observed the following about apostates.
2 John 7-11 New American Standard Bible
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. 9 Anyone who goes too far and does not remain in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who remains in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.
In general, we should rebuke an unrepentant sinner and forgive the repentant sinner.
Luke 17:3-4 New American Standard Bible
3 Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”
What do you think? What about the unrepentant soul who believes that killing the unborn is not only permissible but necessary and righteous?
Trying to keep relationships open, pleasant, based on our common humanity. That sometimes requires the avoidance of uncomfortable topics, especially ones which others could see as confrontational.
Of course. I don’t want to be the mean one.
But it occurs to me that I am really trying to keep the peace with people who believe that killing the unborn is not only permissible but necessary and righteous, that it is a good thing. People who rationalize the atrocity of abortion.
Why am I doing this?