Opening the Casket on Abortion by Scott Klusendorf — Posted on Justin Taylor’s blog, Between Two Worlds.
This is a powerful blog post written by Scott Klusendorf. It’s about Emmett Till, a 14 year old African American youth from Chicago. While visiting Money, Mississippi, Emmett made the mistake of flirting with a young woman who was white and married. The year was 1955, and it didn’t take long for some locals to take matters into their own hands. At 2 AM the next morning they pulled Emmett from the house he was staying and killed him. They also beat his face beyond recognition. (Read Klusendorf’s article here)
Emmett was shipped back to his mother in a coffin. What happened next turned out to be a big part of the beginning of the civil rights movement. Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till, insisted on an open casket funeral service.
After telling Emmett’s story, the author of this blog post, Scott Klusendorf, goes on to say, we, as Christians, need to open the casket on abortion.
What happened to Emmett Till wasn’t right. It was dark. It was horrible. Emmett didn’t break any laws. And at 14, Emmett had very limited capability to defend himself, or to run, or even to gather friends and family to help him.
Unborn children don’t have limited capability to do such things — they have no capability. They have no means of defending themselves. They have no voice to cry out with for help. And they’re completely innocent.
I’m with Klusendorf. It’s time to take the casket off of abortion.
We need to share the visual devastation of abortion in a way that transcends the Christian world view.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”