“Everyone to whom much is given, of him will much be required.”
– Luke 12:48
A few weeks ago while sidewalk counseling, a young woman walked out of the abortion facility glaring at me and hurling insults. She placed herself two feet away from me with her camera out screaming degrading names and accusations into my face. Do I believe that this woman had no right to scream in my face? Absolutely. Do I believe that the police should reprimand for this sort of harassment in public spaces? Absolutely. But I also believe that pro-lifers should not hold pro-choicers to the same standard of courtesy. Pro-lifers must understand that pro-choicers don’t know the unconditional love of the Living God.
They believe that dignity and love are conditional in some way to place or size or ability or circumstances. Pro-choicers do not understand the totally unconditional love of God. Their confusion and sometimes aggression or hatred stem from a lack of love—from abuse, neglect, or past abortions. It is our duty before God to acknowledge the hurt in their life, to realize that where we have been given much, they have been given nothing, to care deeply about post-abortive women, and to offer them unconditional love.
While harassment should always have consequences, pro-lifers must recognize that we have been given unconditional love and peace that a pro-choicer does not have. We must call evil what it is, but we must always do so in charity with deep respect for the individual regardless of how they treat us.