Seth Udinski, FISM News
Yesterday, former NFL star and current pro-life advocate Benjamin Watson titled an opinion piece for Life News in which he argued that abortion is the worst illustration of racism in the history of the United States.
Watson wrote the piece to coincide with the end of Black History Month. He pointed out a sinister truth behind the abortion movement: black babies tend to be overly targeted as victims of the abortion movement.
As Black History Month comes to a close, I see no more glaring and deadly sign of the compounding trauma, injustice, and inequity of black history than the hundreds of thousands of black preborn children whose lives are terminated by abortion each year. If we’re going to remember this tragedy — as we must — we must also determine how we got here. In general, the average woman seeking an abortion is in her late twenties, has a low income, a partial college education, already has children, and is unmarried.
Watson noted that black women are four times more likely to have an abortion than white women, with a staggering 43 black children being aborted for every 100 live births.
Watson highlighted several factors that lead to black women choosing to end the life of their unborn child, including high unemployment, mortality, and poverty rates. He believes these factors “create a society where abortion is often billed as the cheap, quick solution to a vulnerable woman’s desperation,” noting that the “Human Coalition found that 76 percent of women seeking abortion would prefer to choose life if their circumstances were different.”
Watson was keen to point out that this is not a time to highlight any “stereotypes” in the black community, perceived or otherwise. Instead, he said the church needs to be at the forefront of changing the narrative by cultivating a “culture of life” over a “culture of death.”
A culture of life also starts in our churches. The church needs to be at the forefront of the solution, offering financial assistance and child care to single moms, as well as steering church members toward reputable adoption organizations. James 1:27 reminds us that “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Life is sacred. Clergy must not kowtow to prevailing cultural whims, popular politicians, or special interests. Instead, as faithful shepherds, they must encourage their flock to protect all life, before and after birth.
Author’s Biblical Analysis
It would be futile for me to try to add much substance to Ben Watson’s words. The former Super Bowl champion who made a name for himself as a reliable target for Tom Brady in his early years is now using this new chapter in his life for great obedience to the commands of God.
The lesson for Christians here is that God is the God of life, and we should be about the things that please Him. We should love the things He loves and hate that which He hates.
As Watson said, the Church must lead the way with this. We are charged by our captain Jesus Christ to bring the Good News to every avenue and corner of the world.
May we be found good and faithful servants, always being about our Father’s business.
And Jesus was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me, To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.’ – Luke 4:17-18