By Tom Quiner
Martin Luther King was a Baptist minister.
Since his violent death in 1968, millions upon millions of black babies have also experienced violent death through human abortion.
Sadly, many important institutions in this country have not only looked the other way, but have encouraged the spread of human abortion into our inner cities, our ghettos, and even abroad into economically challenged nations.
The Democratic Party comes immediately to mind. But important religious groups have played a role, such as the United Methodist Church, which has supported and defended Roe V Wade which unleashed the scourge of human abortion on this nation.
In a shocking turn of events, the Methodists have reversed course.
Methodists make decisions in a quadrennial general assembly. Last month in a stunning reversal of 46 years of pro abortion activism, the Methodists voted to withdraw from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), a group which supports partial birth human abortion. The Methodists had been a founding member of the group. The vote to withdraw was convincing: 425-268.
Even more, they voted to withdraw support for Roe V Wade.
While all of this was taking place, more good news was taking place on another Protestant front. The Baptists held a Justice Conference a few days ago, which is described as “one of the largest international gatherings on social and biblical justice.”
Here’s the deal: social justice Christians don’t like to talk about human abortion. It’s too uncomfortable. They tend to be liberal.
Last year’s conference had liberal Dr. Cornel West as its speaker, a man who labels the U.S. a racist, white supremacist nation. But this year, they slipped in Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Dr. Moore did not pull a single punch:
“There are other justice-oriented Evangelicals who sometimes are very willing to speak out, rightly so on these issues of trafficking and racial injustice, but who are afraid to speak up on the issue of abortion…
If we are unwilling to speak to what is happening not only in our country but around the world with the dehumanizing of children because they are hidden with the wounding that takes place with women and men and societies by an industry that promises people an easy fix, then we will empower injustice and we will also signal to the rest of the world if you can just get the oppressed small enough and hidden enough and politically powerless enough, we will have nothing to say.”
Dr. Moore called on those gathered…
“…to be the people to stand up to Planned Parenthood and say there are no unloved women and there are no unwanted children.”
He called them to understand that these women in crisis are being sold “a violent so-called solution to their problem and they’re being told that all of this will happen in anonymity and with no consequences as an industry works to create both a supply and demand for this violent act.”
Quiner’s Diner has tremendous respect for Evangelical Baptists. Dr. Moore called on them to stand up and be more accountable to the preborn, and to not be…
“…afraid to speak up on a biblical view of issues of human sexuality because they’re afraid that somehow that means they will be associated with people in polyester somewhere that they don’t want to be like. How cowardly.”
There are more evangelical Baptists than United Methodists, so Dr. Moore’s plain speaking is another breath of fresh air in the fight for human dignity.
Human abortion is a dream killer.
It is encouraging to see the United Methodists and Baptists engaging in a process to restore the Dream.