Last night my wife, Duncan and myself watched ‘Catch a fire’ – a film about one man’s involvement in the ANC during the 1980’s.  It’s a film worth watching…

At the end my wife said “I wonder how people could have got to the stage of thinking that way about other people.” We talked a bit about the culture, the propaganda, the entire world view that led to the discrimination we witnessed in the film. Jo then said “What will people look back on us and say ‘I wonder how they could not have spoken out against…'”

What was our answer? Abortion.As we talked more it became so clear that if we really believe that life starts at conception, then what is presently happening in our country amounts to genocide.

Here are some facts from the Department of health website. (

In 2004, for women resident in England and Wales:

  • the total number of abortions was 185,400, compared with 181,600 in 2003, a rise of 2.1%
  • medical abortions accounted for 19% of the total compared with 17% in 2003
  • 1,900 abortions (1%) were under ground E, risk that the child would be born handicapped

I find these statistics staggering.

God makes it clear in his word that we have a responsibility to speak our for the weak and vulnerable who cannot speak out for themselves. Psalm 82 says:

3 Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless;
maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.

4 Rescue the weak and needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

And here we are facing a situation where thousands of the weak and needy are being killed each year. Where is our voice on their behalf?

I don’t think the way forward is simply to protest and write letters to the government, although there may well be a place for that. I think we need to offer something positive. I think we should be actively encouraging Christians to look into adoption and fostering. If these children are truly unwanted, and we do not want to see them die, then we must offer them life, in a caring, loving home. I think we need to think seriously about providing a place where young mothers can come and think through options other than abortion. We need not only to point them elsewhere, but be providing the very place they can go.

These are just some thoughts, but I’ve been greatly challenged to give it greater thought. What will future generations say about us Christians if we do not speak out for these babies?

Let me finish with a quote from John Piper’s book ‘Brothers we are not professionals’ (p227)

“Brothers, may we not dare to believe that by the grace of God and the perseverance of His people in prayer and piety and political action there could emerge in the coming decades a consensus for life and that the twenty-first century could look back on our generation with the same dismay that we look back on the slave laws of this land and on the concentration camps of World War II? Nationwide reformation has happened before – with Wilberforce in England and Lincoln in America. It can happen again. Will you put the trumpet to your lips or be silent?”