By Kayla Hebert
This past Friday, while we stood at Planned Parenthood, three high school kids came and stood next to us. At the front was a girl who held a cardboard sign with the message “Abortion Rights are Human Rights” written in bold letters.
My sister challenged her, asking about the baby’s rights. She told her what an actual abortion was—the murder of a helpless baby by ripping it apart limb by limb. Her voice was so kind and pleading, but in spite of what she said, the girl just shrugged her shoulders and walked away with three simple words: “I don’t care.”
I don’t care. Nothing sums up my generation more than these three words that reveal their hardened apathy and coldhearted mentality. She knew it was a baby, she knew abortion was the act of taking an innocent life, and she didn’t care. Unfortunately, she’s just like so many other young people who are content to believe the lie of abortion simply because they don’t care.
Abortion is murder. There’s no denying it. People can try to dress it up as healthcare or a normal medical procedure, but no matter how you label it, it’s still the termination of a human life. Though people don’t want to admit it, deep down their conscience tells them it’s true. So, where’s the outrage? Where are the crowds of people demanding the abolition of abortion? If we know abortion for what it really is, why aren’t we out there fighting it with every ounce of our strength?
This inaction can be traced back to one thing: apathy. We know abortion is murder, but we don’t care. We love ourselves more than these children and would rather sacrifice them than our time and effort. If I decide to kill my child for my own convenience, then so be it. And the world applauds them, all in the name of “choice.”
Ezekiel 36:26 says this: “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” These people don’t and cannot care because they have a heart of stone. They are dead in their trespasses and sins, and it doesn’t take a genius to know that a dead man feels nothing and cares about nothing. Unless the Lord has mercy upon them and brings them to life, they will never see the truth.
The abortion ministry is never easy. At times I feel very discouraged and disheartened by the overwhelming apathy of this world. Sometimes, it feels like it’s all a wasted effort. But we weren’t called to win the favor of the world or achieve great success. We were called to preach the gospel, even though the world would hate us. But if Jeremiah could preach to a people he knew would never believe, and if Jesus could preach to a people He knew would crucify Him, then we can preach to a lost world that doesn’t care.
We are the ambassadors of Christ, but He’s the One who saves souls, not us. And even though it might feel like it’s all in vain, we can be sure that God will do the work, regardless of what the world or our own doubt says. Jesus Christ has already won the war, and all the apathy in the world can’t change what happened on Calvary.
So let’s put our hope in Him, the only One who can cut through a heart of stone. Let’s trust in His blood, the only blood that washes us whiter than snow. Let’s take courage in our Captain, the only One who has conquered death and Hell. Jesus Christ has won, so let’s take heart and press on, always serving our Lord. Someday, our struggle will end and our heartache disappear forever when we step over that shore and hear those words every Christian longs for:
“Well done, My good and faithful servant.”