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maxresdefaultIn the never-ending battle over abortion, it’s easy to lose yourself in the heat of the moment and to feel a sense of disdain toward those who defend the “right” to take the life of an unborn child. But as Christians, we must not give in to the cultural tendency to denigrate and demonize people on the other side of the political aisle.

How can we make a stand for the unborn and yet also love our political opponents?

By praying for them by name.

It is hard to hate someone you pray for.

So, instead of raging against people you disagree with, people made in God’s image, pray:

  • Pray for Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, that her eyes would be opened to the miracle unfolding in the womb. Pray for the day she leads her organization to never again earn a penny through stopping the heartbeat of a human child.
  • Pray for the day Wendy Davis’ pink sneakers will be what she wears at the annual March for Life.
  • Pray for the day our president, who comes from a people long acquainted with the indignity of being treated as something less than human, will throw his support behind human rights for all.
  • Pray for Hillary Clinton, that she will come to realize the main reason why she refers to abortion as a “tragic choice.”
  • Pray for leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who out of political convenience have left behind their pro-life convictions. Pray that they will join with Alveda King and other African-American leaders to end the massacre of their people.
  • Pray for reporters like Sarah Kliff, that her passion for human life will one day outstrip her devotion to “reproductive health.”
  • Pray for the day Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL, joins forces with those who want to stop the war on women in the womb.
  • Pray for the abortion-rights activists who berate and belittle those who speak up for the voiceless.
  • Pray for the countless men and women in our country who are uncomfortable with the reality of abortion, but are unable to fully articulate why.
  • Pray for pro-life Christians who remain silent, who unwittingly stand by as little humans beings are discarded in clinics within driving distance of their homes.
  • Pray for Supreme Court justices like Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to see the instability of the Roe decision and return the decision to the states.
  • Pray for abortion providers, that God would prick the conscience of those who piece together the remains of unborn children every day.
  • Pray that the abortion culture would unravel from the inside, as more and more “doctors” are rightly uncomfortable with stilling the heartbeats of other human beings.
  • Most of all, pray that God would have mercy on us for treating the gift of life as an inconvenience.

Don’t hate. Pray.


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12 thoughts on “Don’t Hate, Pray for Pro-Choice Champions”

  1. Barbara Ogg says:

    I needed this! Thanks

  2. Amen.

    Honestly though I find it easy to love and pray for the Ninevites who don’t know their right hand from their left.

    It’s the abominoids inside the church I have no tolerance for.

    Ist Corinthians 5:
    9-I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10-not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11-But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler – not even to eat with such a one. 12-For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13-God judges those outside….”

  3. Gary Wiram says:

    Excellent article, Trevin. Publisking it on MLK Day is very appropriate timing. Dr. Alveda King, MLK’s niece, is carrying on the family tradition in speaking out against our nation’s wholesale abortion. In an article entitled The Pro-Abortion Weapon Of Choice (http://ebenezerposts.com/2013/08/29/the-pro-abortion-weapon-of-choice/), I point out that their primary tactic is bullying. You’re right, that responding in kind is not the best course for those of us who are pro-life. And, I agree that electing those who share our views is the way to go.

  4. http://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/trevinwax/2014/01/20/dont-hate-pray-for-pro-choice-champions/

    Gary Wiram says:”I agree that electing those who share our views is the way to go.”

    I don’t disagree that we should do this where possible Gary. We also should NEVER respond to them in sinful kind, so this comment is NOT an attack upon you. Probably not even really a disagreement so please don’t take me as jumping on you.

    That said we WILL die as a nation barring a national revival. Abortion is but one symptomatic sin of a people who have rejected the living God AT the most foundational level. Which is in turn the consequence of an irrelevant worldly church. (Salt n light an all that)

    As long as we make stopping national abortion our goal instead of exalting the most high God one soul at a time by faithfully representing Him before a dying world, we will have no effect on abortion or anything else. The church looks, speaks, acts, listens and watches no differently than they do and then demands that they stop killing babies. We even have hordes of people calling themselves “evangelicals” who actively campaign FOR baby killing politicians LOL! Wadda joke. THE CHURCH, is the architect of 60 million murdered children. Sinners are just doing what they’re supposed to do after all. Sin.

  5. Flyaway says:

    Thank you for this post. I am printing it out and praying down the list each day and encouraging others to do the same.

  6. Clayton says:

    Good post, Trevin. I’m slowly realizing that abortion is part of a larger problem in our culture of valuing convenience more than children. God forgive us for hating your blessings.

  7. Jimmy says:

    What forbids us from praying imprecatory psalms against evil and evil doers? Serious question.

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