“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” ~ Matthew 7:3-5

I read in the paper the other day that the new leader of Focus on the Family is reaching out to pro-abortion supporters.  Obviously with a lead in like this, I was interested in reading the rest of the article.  It went on to talk about how Jim Daly, the new president, felt that if pro-abortion activists were really committed to making abortion “safe, legal, and rare,” (pro-choice slogan) then both sides should work together to make this happen.  He felt that anything Focus on the Family can do to bring the number of abortions down from 1.2 million per year is something that should be done.

What surprised me was how the journalist seemed to think that Christians would feel he was compromising and stop supporting the organization.  I guess to me, Daly has hit upon a good solution.  He doesn’t want abortion to happen, and if people who are pro-choice also want to make it rare, he thinks there should be some teamwork happening.

Personally, I think this is a great idea.  I have a hard time when I see groups that are simply organized to be against something.  I don’t agree with abortion, but instead of just being against it, I support organizations that take action to give women options and help (like child care in colleges).  To me, if we really don’t believe that something is right, we should be doing everything we can to stop it – and that includes finding alternatives.

It disappoints me that people would think Daly is compromising.  Some pro-life organizations do terrible things, like kill abortion doctors.  That breaks my heart.  If you really think that life is sacred, how can you possibly justify taking someone’s through violence?  That is why I included today’s verse from Matthew.  Often we condone the killing of one with the idea that we’re saving many.  But I don’t really think that’s the way it’s working.  We still aren’t giving people the chance to do something else – we’re not giving them the support that they may need in a crisis situation.

Maybe instead of telling people what we’re against, we can start by telling them what we’re for.  And what we’re for is the love and saving grace the Jesus preached – so we need to put that love into action by finding ways to help people out of tough situations, instead of just telling them they’re making the wrong decision.