In any case, this is not even the central weakness of her article. In making the case for contraception, she fails to engage the central moral reasons that evangelicals and Roman Catholics have opposed the Obamacare mandate—that it requires them to participate in morally reprehensible behavior and runs roughshod over religious liberty.
Evangelicals and Roman Catholics agree that many of the birth control technologies mandated by Obamacare can induce abortion. Evans denies that this is a legitimate concern for birth control pills. Then, astonishingly, she concedes that even with the pill, “There’s the very remote chance that fertilization will somehow manage to occur. In this case the zygote will probably fail to implant on the uterine wall.” Since she is not sure whether life begins at conception, it is not surprising that this possibility does not trouble her. But it is quite troubling to those of us who are actually pro-life.
– Equivocation and Contraception: A Response to Rachel Held Evans, by Denny Burk and Andrew Walker
Today, January 22, 2014 is marker of Roe v. Wade’s passing in the Supreme Court. I refuse to call it an anniversary, for there is nothing to celebrate. Even so, a dark day need not be without some beautiful images in support of life:
The film below, “Babies Are Murdered Here,” (BAMH) certainly does not hold back any punches when taking a stance on abortion. It’s perspective is not for the squishy, or shallow. Most importantly, it preaches the Gospel to sinners.
One exceptional quote from the film is from RC Sproul, Jr. on the importance of the active involvement of the local church in the fight against abortion. If you don’t have time to watch the whole film, I included the minute markers for the particular quote:
39:08 to 41:11 – “[It is]vitally important, critically important… that those who are actively involved in pro-life ministry, that they be under the authority of elders in a local church. That they may be formally, recongnizably — that everybody knows it, every body agrees with it — that they be under the authority of local elders in a local church. See what happens is: we get passionate about this issue, we band together with our friends who share this passion, we get disgusted with those in the church who are not excited, and we decide we’re too good to be a part of a church that isn’t as zealous about life as we are. That’s pride, that’s folly. That IS the path that leads to destruction.
At the 42:47 mark, a noticeable shift occurs, and it is one of the most moving transitions from Law into Gospel I’ve ever heard. BAMH spends the first 42 and a half minutes preaching a hard hitting law, calling sinners to repent of their sin — and abortion is most certainly sinful, from the mother willfully killing the baby to the doctor performing the act.
When the shift occurs, a beautiful Gospel takes center stage for the remainder of the film. Jesus Christ took on the full weight of our sin, that it would not be laid on those who call on Him for mercy in faith. There is no one so bad that our gracious Lord cannot reconcile to Himself, through Jesus Christ.