I am older now and rage takes its toll on me, so I have to acquire and spend my own rage carefully.
Others, evidently, need not be so judicious.
There was rage over the story of a Minnesota dentist who killed a beloved African lion for sport.
I was outraged at this story and at the pathetic, flaccid, excuse for a human who pulled the trigger.
There was rage over the third Planned Parenthood video that showed us once again the depths of human depravity and the evil that we embrace as a “right”.
I shared in this outrage as well.
There was one more source of rage as well.
That was from people who were outraged at people who were outraged over the death of the lion, but not sufficiently outraged at the Planned Parenthood video.
Now, I have been practicing outrage for six decades and have the ability to be outraged over more than one thing at a time.
The internet has greatly helped me with skill development in this area.
I don’t need to be told what to get mad about.
What we’re missing here is that the Planned Parenthood videos are creating cultural cognitive dissonance at a level never before seen.
For thirty years the culture has been indoctrinated to believe that abortion was simply a “medical procedure”, that it was morally neutral, and that it was simply a woman exercising her right to control her own body.
Never before has the grisly reality of the practice been so widely shown as through the videos circulating today.
The culture has now been led into a room, the door slammed and nailed shut, and we have been forced to see what we have chosen to affirm in all it’s horror.
Millions of women who have undergone the procedure and millions of men who have affirmed their choice are seeing the real result of that decision.
For these people to express outrage over abortion they first have to deal with the guilt and shame of having participated in what they are now supposed to be outraged about.
For this barbarity to end, we have to do more than be outraged.
Shaming people for loving animals is pure folly…we need to focus on extending that love for living creatures to loving human babies in the womb.
Our message cannot be criticism over having a heart for animals, but must be a Gospel message that enlarges the heart of a country with a seared conscience.
We have to speak repentance and grace to those who are dealing with their own complicity in the carnage.
We need to be the church of Jesus Christ who died for abortionists and lion killers.
Changing laws will help, but only the Gospel can change a heart.
We must speak that Gospel in love…some are now ready to listen.