Inventors of Evil
As many people on the twitterverse have seen there is a trial unfolding in Pennsylvania involving Kermit Gosnell and his abortion clinic. There are many allegations that are shocking, disgusting, angering, and saddening. Despite a lack of coverage by major media outlets many are aware of the horrors that have taken place in this man’s clinic over the years. According to reports and witness testimonies hundreds of human beings have been murdered in the form of late term abortions, the severing of the spinal cords of children directly following their live delivery, and even two deaths of young mothers. Though this is illegal, the clinic operated without inspection for 17 years.
The stories of what took place inside the clinic are sickening and expose some of the most gruesome evil that exists in the world today. The evils of abortion, or murder, are easily identified by Christians as sins that are detestable to God. My spirit cries out in moments like this in agony longing for God’s justice and redemption. Admittedly, anger builds up inside of me along with heartache for the sins of this world. It even leads me to detest the sins that are still in my own life.
I question how we can bring change and correction to the sin of abortion. Abortion is the manifestation of dishonoring the image of God. Life is sacred because it is given by God, and given in His image. It is clearly one of the largest, if not the single largest, human rights issue of our day. While I question how the Church should respond to this sin, I recognize three options that we have:
Option #1: The first option is to continue the fight for legislation that would overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion illegal in our nation.
Option #2: Another option is to continue the building up of “counter-organizations” to abortion clinics that give hope to young mothers who are conflicted about this issue.
Both of these options are good options. Abortion is evil and detestable to God and any society of mankind should hold it to be as such. Not only are these good options, but they are necessary options for believers living in the United States.
However, a third option will be our focus for the remainder of this article.
Option #3: Option three is to go to war with sin on a personal level. This option hinges on the reality of a distinction between sins and sin.
Let me explain this distinction by turning to Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome:
“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” (Romans 1:28-32 ESV)
Unfortunately, Christians should not be caught off guard by the evils that are manifested through fallen mankind. In the Gospel message we know that a holy and loving God created all of creation to worship Him and give glory to Himself. Man chose to seek his own worship and thus broke relationship with God. From Adam, all mankind is born sinful in their heart with no ability on their own to be counted good in the eyes of God. The worst part being that our holy God must be against sin in His nature and in His action. Sin deserves his complete wrath. This is where Paul is going in his description of the sinfulness of mankind and how deep it goes.
Throughout history we can see the sinfulness of man manifested in many different and unique ways. Child sacrifice in the Old Testament, slavery in Europe and America, and Eugenics throughout Europe and America are all instances of sin nature being manifested through (now) unthinkable sins. When peoples have succeeded in leading culture to the correction of sin manifestations, culture simply comes up with new kinds of evil. This is how I believe Paul was describing sinful man when he called us “inventors of evil.” When we correct one manifestation of sin in our lives or societies we tend to invent new manifestations. This is our sin nature.
This leads us to how Option #3 is the most critical step that the Church can take in response to sins like abortion in our society. The good news of Jesus Christ taking our place on the cross affects more than just our manifestations of sin, but destroys sin itself. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:21) Jesus took our sin and gave us his righteousness so that God’s wrath would be satisfied!
With this being done on our behalf ALL must respond to this act of grace and mercy. Repentance and faith are commanded as acceptance of this free gift. The world needs more from the Church than advice on how to live in a moral way. The world needs Jesus. The world needs more than our best legislative and judicial victories. The world needs Jesus. The world needs more than our momentary acknowledgements and correction of sins. The world needs Jesus. The world needs Jesus and we are his body. We are called to carry this good news of the victory of the cross to the ends of the earth.
The sad truth is that when the world finally acknowledges the evil of abortion and a victory is won in society, that society will invent new manifestations of evil in this world. The final victory was and is won at Calvary. Our momentary battles must be fought with a mixture of grace and vigor, but we must also fight to win the war.
Obedience is mine. Results are His.