There are people who love the Lord and seek to love their neighbor well who do not support AHA ideology and the work of abolitionism. They might be doing their own thing, or they disagree with certain aspects of it. They might wish to distance themselves from the reputation that abolitionists have accrued (mostly unfairly, though occasionally not) or they reject the tenets in their ignorance due to a lack of understanding or because they have been mislead by detractors. They might not wish to get caught in the fray, or they simply might have a differing perspective or viewpoint on it which prevents them from being supportive of it- for better or for worse.
Though I wish it were not so, I am ok with this.
These are good people who are at least seeking to be fair and represent their brothers and sisters well. They’re doing the best they can to be accurate, precise and to work this out in their own minds. They talk with abolitionists and things go well or get messy and they ultimately end up disagreeing for one reason or another. While they’re not there yet, they leave the door open, and the way they talk with you and about it demonstrates that they are kind, gracious, loving, and seeking to emulate Christ in the care they take even as they disagree. They’ll ask great question, seek to poke holes in inconsistencies, offer challenges and rebukes if they feel they are warranted, and overall do their due diligence when confronted with AHA stuff, but always with the intent to win a brother and to be Christlike in their dealings.
Then there are those who don’t agree with AHA who are vicious, vindictive, and do not represent Christ. They carelessly throw out words like “cult,” “heretics” and “sectarian minimalists” with little regard for the truth. They refuse correction, spread lies, and don’t care if they are being precise. They seek to stop destroy AHA with the same zeal that we seek to stop abortion, jumping in on every social media conversation with their comments designed to sow discord. In a way they play the role of the crow who snatches seeds out of the good soil. Tragically they leave in their path a whole swath of people who had heard of AHA and thought to get involved to stop the slaughter of babies, but after reading their false testimony have becomes discouraged and decided against it, and are now doing nothing. These individuals seek to destroy the movement and if in the process they have to slander or misrepresent hundreds or thousands of fellow Christians, then so be it. That’s if you’re lucky. If not, they’ll dismiss you as some false believer and relegate you to the pits of damnation. They say things like “AHA is a cult. Their only doctrine is Abortion” or “If you do Church Repent you’re not a Christian” or “AHA hates the church” and it doesn’t matter how often they are corrected or are come alongside by gentle and thoughtful people wishing to counsel, they shrug it off with stiffened spines and persist in their shame.
My encouragement for anyone wrestling with what to do with these abolitionists when they’re getting it from all sides, is be the former group. Take some time to deal with primary sources, whether that takes days or weeks or months. Hash it out. Talk to one of them. Hear all sides. Be objective. See if counter-articles have been written responding to sensational claims from disreputable sources. Seek truth and not trivialities. Reject the people being unfair or hysterical and who have seemingly lost their ability to reason and use logic. Get bothered by the people who keep on misrepresenting. Refuse to go with those who are flippant and careless in their speech. Read the website. If you have honest questions and are looking for more information, join the Abolitionist Facebook group.
If after all that you conclude that its not something you can actively support, and you think the tactics are wrong, or you don’t like the graphic signs, or the Church Repent project, or have had some bad personal experiences with certain people associated with AHA and instead would rather work with a different group like BAMH , OSA, ENDABORTIONNOW or your own Church, or whatever reason you have for taking a step back, then that’s cool.
Thank you for being fair about it.
Thank you for using your discernment and coming up with a different conclusion. I would love to talk further and convince you why I think you’re wrong or are missing something and continue to wrestle with you over this. But if that’s where you land, then you’re still my brother. You’re still my sister. I love you, and I like that we can treat each other well and have unity together despite our differences.
I hope that whatever you chose to do, [and you don’t need AHA to do these things] that you find ways to actively love your pre-born neighbor and find your own way to bring the gospel into conflict with a culture that practices child sacrifice. That you seek to stir up your friends and family and Church body to take action and to do justice and mercy, in whichever way you are able.
I’ll be there supporting you and encouraging you when you do.