“You’re not going to change anyone’s minds.”
The Created Equal team was doing outreach in downtown Columbus today when a man walked by and said this to me. I find it quite fascinating that somehow the stranger I met today who didn’t even stop to talk to me knows how effective our work is. He was, however, dead wrong.
The fact is, we do change people’s minds.
I talked to several people just last week who changed their minds about abortion after seeing our display. “We talk about abortion, but I never knew it looked like this!” a man told me as he described how the abortion photos had convinced him that abortion is wrong. People with no experience trying to reach others with the truth about abortion love to tell us that we are not changing anyone’s minds, but they are wrong. By God’s grace we do make a difference in people’s lives.
But there is another problem with this claim. It assumes that we will only speak against abortion if we are changing people’s minds. Yes, our main goal is to change people’s minds, but it is not the motivation for our work.
Elie Wiesel once said: “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent an injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
We stand up against abortion because it is a terrible injustice. The injustice of abortion does not fluctuate with the effectiveness of our outreach, and so our zeal to defend the preborn should not fluctuate depending on who is listening. The issue is not whether we are changing people’s minds, it is whether we are obeying God by standing up for the weak among us. Therefore, even if we weren’t changing people’s minds, it would be wrong for us to give up on exposing abortion for what it truly is.
Thankfully, we are changing people’s minds. But we must never think that the results of our outreach are our motivation to defend the preborn. We are fighting abortion because it takes the life of an innocent human being. It is always right for us to stand up against such an injustice, even when no one listens.
– Silas, Intern, Created Equal