A North Carolina minister claims to be helping women when he volunteers at a local abortion business.
But Michael Usey, a pastor of College Park Baptist Church, really is aiding the billion-dollar abortion industry in its work killing unborn babies.
Christian News Network reports Usey is a pastor with the American Baptist Church. Yes Magazine recently talked with him about his volunteer work at an abortion facility in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“I’ve been doing this for about three months,” he told the magazine. “But I’ve been involved in reproductive justice and access issues since I was in seminary in the early ‘80s.”
Usey said he used to volunteer with Planned Parenthood in Texas and Georgia when he was working as a college minister.
Christian News Network found one of Usey’s sermons from 2016 about abortion. He said he “strongly” supports Roe v. Wade because it gives women “the ability to make the choice before her God.”
“Surely the dignity of women requires this ability to choose,” he said. “Many of us might not choose abortion as a personal decision, yet the dignity of women demands this ability to choose.”
He said “the proliferation of abortions” grieves him, and the fact “that reproductive and abortion decisions are not taken with enough moral seriousness” does, too. While the pastor encouraged women to consider adoption instead of abortion, he also insisted that abortions must remain legal and easily accessible.
“And, since abortion is a serious moral crisis, we should be around to guide her beforehand and to support and love her through whatever decision she, under God, makes,” Usey said. “In short, we should reduce the need but protect the right. It’s possible to be pro-life and pro-choice.”
There is so much that is wrong with those words and his volunteer work with the abortion industry. First and foremost, Usey failed to comprehend just how “serious” of a moral crisis abortion really is. If he did, he would not be volunteering for an abortion business. Abortions are wrong because they destroy the lives of unique, innocent human beings. Christianity teaches that every human being is valuable because he or she is created in the image of God.
Second, Usey argued that women should be allowed to make their own choices before God. The problem is that an abortion is not just a choice. It involves the killing of the woman’s own child, another person who deserves to be loved and protected. Christian or not, people can and do choose to do wrong things, but societies recognize that some choices are wrong. Laws are created to restrict and condemn such behaviors and protect innocent victims from harm.
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Third, Usey claimed he would like more parents to consider adoption. This is a good thing. The problem is that his actions do not match his words. If he believes there should be fewer abortions and more adoptions, why is Usey not volunteering at an adoption agency or pregnancy center? Instead, he devotes his time to the abortion industry.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion chain in America. Its most recent annual report recorded more than 345,000 abortions and $1.6 billion in revenue. Its abortion numbers keep going up, while its birth control, adoption, and basic health services have been dropping. The abortion chain’s mission is not to prevent abortions, it is to provide them.
Every year, nearly 1 million unborn babies are slaughtered in abortions in America alone. These are unique, living human beings — some capable of feeling intense pain as they are being killed inside their mothers’ wombs.
Christians, especially Christian leaders, are charged with setting a good example by working to protect people who are not valued. Few are less valued than the unborn. Sadly, however, some have strayed away from this calling and, in doing so, are working to further evil, not good.