Reasoning with the Unreasonable

I recently read a pro-abortion newspaper article that began with this statement—“If you oppose abortion, do not have one.” No doubt the writer thought that she had said something so profound that her wisdom could not be refuted. Her statement reminded me of similar comments made by those who defend the homosexual lifestyle—“If you are against gay marriage, don’t ask a gay person to marry you.”

Their line of thinking goes like this—If you think that a certain behavior is wrong, the only recourse that you have is to refrain from engaging in that particular behavior. Any other action that you might take is off limits. You may not speak against the offensive behavior, nor may you attempt to prevent others from making the mistake of engaging in that behavior. In other words, mind your own business.

Let’s see if that reasoning holds up if we apply it to other sins besides abortion and homosexual behavior. Suppose you think that it’s wrong to sell illegal drugs to children on the playground. Is it true that your only choice is to refrain from selling drugs to children yourself? Of course not! You can lobby for laws against that practice to be passed and enforced. You can report suspicious activity to the authorities. You can warn children about the dangers of drugs and interacting with strangers.

Or let’s say that you believe that immigration laws should be obeyed. Does that mean that your only option regarding this issue is to avoid entering a country illegally yourself? Of course not! There are other legitimate ways that you can take a stand on this issue.

The idea that the only legitimate way to oppose wicked behavior is to avoid that behavior yourself is ridiculously absurd. So how can the pro-abortion and pro-homosexual zealots come to such illogical conclusions? It is because they have aligned themselves against God. Psalm 111:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” Since there is no true wisdom without the fear of the Lord, those who oppose God are incapable of attaining true wisdom and understanding. Romans 1:21-22 describes these people—“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.”

This is why people who defend—and even celebrate—violence and perversion can say such illogical things and think that they have a winning argument. Their opposition to God has rendered them fools who are incapable of having a logical conversation. It is impossible to reason with people who did not use reasoning to reach their current position.

However, we must not remain silent on important moral issues. Where God has clearly spoken, we must speak. While we might not ever convince those who have aligned themselves against God, we can have some positive influence on people who have honest questions and are looking for some biblical perspective on moral issues.

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