Writings by Cole Huffman

Thoroughly Nasty Business Concerns

Weeks ago, New York’s state legislature legalized late-term abortion and repealed a law that required doctors give care to babies who survive abortions.

That is abhorrent.

In Roman times, unwanted infants, mostly girls, were discarded like garbage. They died by exposure, were tossed into the sea, or came into the possession of slavers. But when Christians lovingly took those children as their own, in large numbers, that like nothing else demonstrated to Romans their cultural rot.

Mark Twain said history doesn’t always repeat but it rhymes. Modern American culture rhymes with ancient Roman culture now. I could tell you we’re better to our dogs than unborn children. I could tell you to Google the Groningen Protocol and weep that such things arise from places considered to be the most civilized. We’ve gone further than the Romans of old in that we call this “healthcare,” an all-time misnomer.

C. S. Lewis had the insight that the greatest evil is “not done in concentration camps and labor camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived . . . in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business con­cern.”

The abortion industry is a thoroughly nasty business concern. Until the Lord descends, evangelicals are right to provide a conscience for the nation and advocate for the unborn. Justice concerns are tied up in this, like the devastating effect of abortion on the African American population, and how abortion perpetuates violence against women at their most vulnerable.

Pro-life convictions are why many First Evaners support local pregnancy centers. We have a vibrant adoption culture at First Evan, with a generous adoption fund to subsidize adoption expenses. A few First Evaners are involved in foster care.

Did you know there are more than 7,000 children in Tennessee’s foster care system? Last year, Lynn and I connected with an organization called Tennessee Kids Belong (TKB). TKB works with churches and government agencies to place foster kids in the right homes. In the last year, TKB has twice used our facilities to video kids from the Memphis–Jackson areas for prospective families’ consideration. Since most of these kids are older, their adoption chances lessen with each birthday.

Of all the bighearted, good things First Evaners do to promote a culture of life, may I address something we shouldn’t do? When I don’t say anything from the pulpit the Sunday after New York legalized infanticide (and that same week the Virginia governor—a medical doctor—affirmed infanticide in practice), I get accused of the sin of silence. When professional opinion-havers on Christian radio say your pastor must speak out about some cultural issue of concern or he’s part of the problem, that just sows discord. Let’s please stop with the sin-of-silence shaming when 98.9% of us in this church feel the same way about the culture of death in our land.

I don’t preach the headlines or take cues from social media for what I’m supposed to say each Sunday. If I did we’d be all over the place. Some Christians want to hear cultural condemnation from the pulpit, thinking that’s moral courage. Moral courage is the church marshaling 7,000 families to take in the 7,000 kids in our state who need the people of God to make room in their homes for them. That may not be something you can do, but would you at least prayerfully consider it? I can put you in touch with those who can make that happen for any of us.

We should advocate for just laws and the overturning of bad ones. We should support pregnancy centers and other pro-life efforts, and pray against the work of thoroughly nasty business concerns (while not forgetting the people running them are not beyond God’s gracious reach).

We should be a place of no condemnation for those who regret abortions in their past. And we should open our homes, and our love, to those in need of it through fostering and adopting. What can you do? What will you do?

From the earliest days to now, it’s always been the work of the church to not just call out the darkness but also walk into it with inextinguishable light and life.

Posted by Cole Huffman at 9:42 AM
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