Last Sunday a small group of terribly misguided individuals demonstrated in front of Burleson’s First Baptist Church. They likely selected First Baptist because of its size and Easter Sunday because of the large crowd that was expected to gather there that morning.
I am familiar with this small group calling themselves abortion abolitionists. They want to eradicate abortion from our culture. Their means is the public display of disturbing photographs of aborted babies. Public walkways and parks in Burleson have been defaced recently with graffiti that included their logo.
It hurts me to see their action. I officiated the wedding ceremony of their primary leader and his wife. I also officiated a funeral for their family. Sometime after these important occasions the couple embraced their current approach to activism.
Members of First Baptist responded by surrounded the group with opened umbrellas, shielding others from the graphic images. They were neither rude nor confrontational, but simply protected families with very young children who made their way to worship services on Easter Sunday.
Most at First Baptist Church share the conviction that abortion is a terrible evil. This public demonstration did very little to fulfill the group’s stated goal. The reality is any opportunity for meaningful interaction with others was eliminated. They accomplished nothing for our Lord or for the children they long to protect.
Jesus told us the world knows we belong to him when our love is clearly displayed. Love is not communicated through carefully crafted marketing campaigns, colorful brochures, or painfully graphic signs of aborted babies. Love is seen through our intentional engagement in meaningful conversation and loving care. If you want to know what world-changing love looks like read 1 Corinthians 13.