If you have been following the news lately, you probably read how the Susan Komen Foundation for the Cure did a major flip-flop in its funding of Planned Parenthood breast cancer screenings—one moment it was discontinuing its funding and in the next, that money was being reinstated. I don’t pretend to understand all that took place, but it is pretty clear that this forced decision to reverse an earlier one is all about political and cultural pressure, and of course money.
My concern here is how will we as Christians respond in this situation and others like it? As I think about “culture wars,” there are many passages of Scripture that echo in my little brain instructing me that the children of God must conduct themselves differently in the battles being waged.
My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting …
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…
You are the light of the world … let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Christ the King has commanded that our strategies, methods, and goals be different as we wage war for His kingdom. Dr. Russell Moore, Dean of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, puts the church of the correct path as he writes about the Susan Komen Foundation for the Cure / Planned Parenthood event:
We don’t need a Christian foundation to compete with the merchants of death. We don’t need one more coalition with enough signatures to counter the threatened boycotts of the abortion rights peddlers. And we sure don’t need to sell bumper stickers with a line drawn through a pink ribbon.
What we need, first of all, are churches who recognize that this isn’t all that surprising. Mammon is a jealous god, and he’s armed to the teeth. We need to create the kind of counter-culture that constantly shines the light of Christ wherever these false gods exist in our own affections. And then we need to demonstrate what it means to believe that a person’s life consists in more than the abundance of his possessions.
Let’s stop highlighting how God “blesses” the millionaire who tithes. Let’s stop trumpeting the celebrity football players and beauty queens as evidence of God’s blessing. Let’s show that God has blessed us in a Christ who never had a successful career or a balanced bank account, but who was blessed by God with life, and with children that no one can number, from every tribe, tongue, nation, and language.
Planned Parenthood has won this one. They spent a lot of money, and they’ll make a lot of money. And they’ll do so off the shredded corpses of children and the raped consciences of women. If Jesus’ kingdom were of this world, we’d be fundraising to keep up with them.
But what we have is greater than that. We have a word that tells a pregnant young woman that we believe her Down Syndrome baby is a gift, not a health care burden. And we can offer the kind of gospel that cleanses the conscience and offers what outlasts money and power: life and that to the uttermost.
Let’s work to legally protect women and children. And let’s grieve that old Mammon has won the day, again. But let’s not grieve like the pagans who have no hope. When it comes to the struggle for life, the color of victory isn’t pink like a ribbon. It’s red like a cross.
(You can find the entire article written by Dr. Moore at http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/article_print.html?id=95231 .)