The following are some ideas from those who have been seriously considering this question for some time, prayerfully meditating on how Scripture applies to this culture of death.
We encourage you, dear reader, to go before the Lord and ask Him for strength to serve Him in a wide variety of ways. Let none of us be content with only doing one thing when we could do many, by the grace of the Lord Jesus. Abolition is a way of life, for it is Gospel-centered service to the Lord Jesus and love of neighbor, not an event. God has given His church what she needs to serve Him every day, every moment, not a few times a year in events that result in few (if any) lasting changes.
- Repent of your apathy, as members of the Body of Christ, towards the legalized practice of child sacrifice in your town, city, state and country.
- Coordinate with other local churches in rotations outside your local child-sacrifice centers, so that at every single minute it is open for “business”, there is a significant evangelical presence outside, engaging in sidewalk counseling, prayer, and proclamation of the Gospel.
- Adopt an Abolitionist approach to ending the evil of abortion. This means local churches and their members become actively Abolitionist, rather than passively bringing in professional pro-lifers to do the job of loving your neighbor.
- Take up the call for immediate repentance from abortion, both to individuals, lawmakers, and the nation.
- Make the Gospel front-and-center in every conversation about ending abortion, both on a personal level and a political level.
- Argue from the imago dei and the Incarnation in discussions of abortion’s moral justification, rather than from a secular mindset and terminology of Personhood, heartbeats, central nervous system, viability, etc.
- Expect the church to take up the fight rather than viewing the fight as optional or a ministry that certain people have been “called to”.
- Vote Abolitionist only and encourage members to do so. This means, as pastors, preaching against voting for any candidate who is not 100% against abortion without exception, and who will not attack abortion head-on as a primary focus of his or her time in office.
- Promote adoption/fostering among members of your local body. This means stressing that all able-bodied members of your local church are obligated to practice pure and undefiled religion (James 1:27). Obviously, there are some legitimate reasons why a certain family or couple would be unable to adopt or foster. However, most of the reasons given today by church members are illegitimate and selfish and have more to do with finances, lifestyle, or a wrong view of having a full quiver. Preach against these sinful attitudes of parenting and family.
- Support only Gospel-centered CPC’s. Many churches already give monthly support to their local Crisis Pregnancy Center, but many do not realize or care that those same CPCs reject the Gospel as a means to counsel women who come to them for help, or who do not possess the Gospel at all because they are run by Roman Catholics or non-committal “Protestants”. Inquire into the CPC your church may already be supporting, and if they are not Gospel-centered, insist that this change, or cease funding them and prayerfully consider starting a CPC of your own or with a group of other local churches.
- Agitate your local communities on a regular basis. Be present at local events protesting abortion, handing out abolitionist information, speaking and engaging the culture, holding your own events. If there is a university in your local community, be a regular presence there, exposing the realities of abortion.
- Assist your local communities on a regular basis. This would include adoption and fostering of orphans, raising money for benevolence for women in crisis pregnancies, counseling post-abortive women, mentoring abortion-minded women, and opening your homes or church to house women who are in need because of their brave decision to give life to their child. Local churches can also start up newborn missions wherein they provide newborn necessities such as bottles, formula, diapers, clothing, car seats, and other essentials that new mothers need to provide for their newborn babies.
- Exercise church discipline on openly pro-choice church members, or unrepentant post-abortive mothers, fathers, or grandparents.
- Stop practicing and encouraging IVF among yourselves and your members. Ignoring orphans because you would rather bypass infertility is un-Christian and sinful. IVF costs thousands of dollars, results in murdered embryonic humans, and typically results in many embryos being cryogenically frozen where they suffer a 40% chance of destruction. These are fellow image-bearers of God; the price of IVF is too high to justify engaging in it merely to have biological children.
Prior to our own repentance and embrace of an abolitionist position and practice, we were guilty of many of the things listed above. We are not claiming to be perfect or to have all the answers. We are playing the role God has given us to play. We believe the Church of Jesus Christ is better equipped to bring about the abolition of abortion than we are, and more able to bring about abolition than any of us realize. We are confident that if any local church body truly repented of their apathy and prayerfully set their hearts and minds on the question, “What does Christianity look like in a culture that kills its children” and then put their answer into practice, they would come up with far more effective things to do than these we have suggested here.
Now. For the love of God and your neighbor. Go and be who you are. “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so thatthey may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:13-16).
“But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.” –I Corinthians 11:31-32