True confession: I was not truly pro-life until recently. Although I was disturbed by the reports I heard regarding abortion — its methods, its victims, its very nature, its utter disregard for the dignity of human life — I did relatively little to actually be pro-life, from the heart, with my hands and feet and mouth and money. Until God graciously opened my eyes.
First, I read Uncle Tom's Cabin and saw the demoralizing effects that treating people as property can have on an entire society, as the leaven of sin works its way in so thoroughly that consciences begin to dull.
Then I watched the movie Selma and realized that during the Civil Rights Movement (of which most conservative Christians today heartily approve), the conservative white church was relatively absent. (The forerunners of the Civil Rights Movement were typically theological liberals.)
Next, enter an increasing awareness of the tortuous effects of abortion on babies, and women, through the videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress, and I had to recognize that in the midst of this veritable holocaust, I was making history in absentia by saying and doing nothing. Why?
This Is Our Problem
I was awakening to the fact that I had been asleep — in the same way those living in the countryside of Germany during World War II were asleep to what was happening in the nearby concentration camps. And yet the problem wasn't that I didn't know. It was that I didn't particularly care. Abortion was a big problem, sure, but it wasn't my big problem. I didn't see it as my responsibility to be part of the solution.
In 1945, pastor Martin Niemöller wrote,
In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.