According to the World Health Organization, there are 40 – 50 million abortions performed each year, and in the US, there are over 3,000 per day. In a society where abortion on demand is becoming the battle-cry of most feminists, it’s getting harder and harder to find the pro-life voices in the younger generations.
Which is why it’s especially disappointing when Carl Lentz, pastor of the 9,000+ congregation of Hillsong Church in New York and a prominent member of the Christian faith, failed to step up to the plate and call abortion out for the sin that it is.
When asked by host Joy Behar if abortion was sinful, Lentz responded “That’s the kind of conversation we would have finding out your story, where you’re from, what you believe. I mean, God’s the judge. People have to live to their own convictions,” Lentz continued. “That’s such a broad question, to me, I’m going higher. I want to sit with somebody and say, ‘What do you believe?’”
People have to live their own convictions? Really? Where is that found in the Bible?
As a religious leader, especially someone just slightly older than the millennial generation, Lentz had a huge platform to advance the pro-life movement while also compassionately reaching out to the pro-choice crowd to show that all sin can be forgiven and that the church is here to love and support women and help them when they choose life.
But by taking no stance, he basically says said “Do whatever you want! There are no rules in religion except those that you make your self!”
Is this where the Christian faith is headed? Just live life however you want and you’ll still go to heaven? Troubling times are ahead for the church if this is where we’re going with our theology.
If Lentz seems to be having some trouble finding scripture to support the Biblical view that abortion is wrong, maybe he should read some verses talking about the sanctity of life like Ps. 139:13-16, Matthew 1:18 or Luke 2:5.
Or you know, he could refer to our own Constitution that states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”