I delivered the sermon to both Sunday services at Christ Community Church in Tucson, Arizona earlier this month. Approximately 1700 heard the message. In a section describing Biblical reasons for showing respect to both the unborn and to pro-choice advocates, I said essentially this:
Think about it. I can defend the unborn with such anger and impatience that I reflect back to the pro-choice advocate that she is not a valuable human being. Or I can treat her as a means to an end, seeking a convert, seeking another win for our side, seeking a mark on my chalkboard in the sky, seeking to gratify my own sense of importance as doing something significant, more than seeking to minister Christ’s love and truth to this other human being.
Friends, a human being is nothing to be trifled with. We should not treat others in this way. When I am looking into the face of another human being, I am being given a precious gift, the chance to behold the creation of which God is most proud.
To hear the whole message or excerpts, click on the following links:
- Seeking Justice For All by Ministering to Outsiders (51:34 – whole message with introduction, hosted at the CCC website)
- One of my big failures that helped me to learn to listen (1:28)
- Two sisters who signed opposite sides of the JFA poll table (2:59)
- The young man who didn’t have an opinion (2:59)
- Why a Biblical perspective on the unborn leads us to give respect to pro-choice advocates (3:16)
- The pro-choice advocates who gave me exactly one minute to defend the pro-life position (4:58)
- The story of Jordan Newhouse’s conversation at Starbucks, along with my experience at Beefy’s on the Green (8:11)
For the pdf that includes the handout for the sermon and the PowerPoint file, click this link.
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