Speaking Truth: Compassion or Judgement?
A couple weeks ago, I had an interview with a pastor. I am not going to name names and that is not the point of this blog…but my experience during this interview impacted me deeply.
I was asked to share my story on this radio program and give my thoughts about the topics that were brought up as well as share my experiences of being involved in the pro-life movement, specifically being involved in praying outside of abortion clinics and sidewalk counseling.
I firmly believe in the “peaceful, prayerful” approach that is taken on by 40 Days For Life, a national movement of prayer vigils across our nation. This has proven to be the most “successful,” in other words LIFE SAVING, method of approaching women, men and their families that are in a crisis pregnancy situation and are possibly abortion minded.
As I mentioned my ideas of taking on the fruits of the spirit (LOVE, joy, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, goodness, GENTLENESS, faithfulness and SELF CONTROL) as we approach and pray and speak truth into people’s lives that are entering the abortion clinics, the pastor immediately disagreed. He, then, voiced his opinion of taking on a more aggressive and “judgmental” approach as we council people that are entering abortion clinics in a crisis pregnancy situation. He said they need to know what they are doing (which I agree with; men and women DO deserve the TRUTH) and we are here to “judge them as Christ does.” While I am not exactly sure what he meant by that statement, the entire interview took a spin because he simply did not believe that we should have a peaceful or compassionate approach because what is going on is simply evil. He is right, what is going on IS evil but I know without a doubt in my mind that if Jesus were to walk this earth today and stand outside of an abortion clinic speaking truth to men and women (from his track record, I believe he would be doing this!) I think he would speak truth in a loving, compassionate way because he knows that those that are seeking abortion will only respond and accept the truth that is being poured out to them if it is presented in a healthy, self controlled, loving, gentle, kind way.
The fruits of the spirit are our perfect guidelines to how we can approach people that are in a crisis pregnancy center and still speak truth into their lives and let them know exactly what they are about to do and exactly how we can help them.
While I appreciate the efforts this radio pastor made to get the pro-life message out to the public; I pray that he reevaluates his motives when being present at abortion clinics and can really seek to take on the fruits of the spirit when speaking to these men and women. I know that I am just as guilty of not living my everyday life this way but this interview really stirred my soul, woke me up and made me realize the importance of what Christ has called us to do and exactly HOW he has called us to do it.
I am passionate about life & God in a down-to-earth & personal way.