Question: How A Christian Fights For Social Reform

Anonymous asked:

I agree with everything you mentioned in the ask about abortion, but do you think it is unloving to believe abortion should be illegal? I’ve been told time and time again how it is not sensitive to the woman in the situation to not give her a choice, but for the sake of innocent lives I personally believe it’s the government’s job to protect them. Is this insensitive or unloving as a Christian?

I wish I could give all sorts of nuanced guidelines about how to fight for changing laws and government policies and social trends, but I lack the intellect and information to really weigh in here. I can only tell you what I believe about it.

Everyone will be called to fight a different battle in their Christian walk, whether it’s abortion or poverty or injustice or disease, and I can’t speak for your personal calling.  But some things to consider, both general and specific:

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Quote: Doer Types

Some of you are doer, doer, doer types. You’re gonna burn out, you’re gonna get frustrated, you’re gonna be ineffective, unless you, literally, just block out your time, go to the woods, turn off your laptop, turn off your cell phone. Get your break, get with Jesus, pray, get your bucket refilled, get your Bible open, sing some songs. And some of are contemplatives and you do that too much. You’re always thinking about things that could be done, but you don’t do anything. You write nice blogs about things that other people should do, and you tweet things thinking that somehow in “Twitterland” others will just obey you and do it, because you added a verse to it or you said, “Thou shalt.” All right, and it’s the issue that some of you contemplatives, you gotta get up, man, put the book down, because you can’t see a lost and hurt, dying world through that book. It’s time to put it down, get your boots on, get in the game, get something done. That’s the way that it works: Action and then rest to replenish you to go back to action. For those of you who are contemplatives, you do too much resting, chilling, Jesus time. Those of you who are active, you need to schedule it, you need to make it happen.

— Mark Driscoll