As a pastor who has been arrested for pro-life rescue, I appreciated your April issue, which makes three crucial points concerning Christian civil disobedience. One, it should arise from the church, not from one lone ranger (“What Reconciliation Sounds Like,” Mark Galli). Two, it is a tool of last resort, but must always have a place in the Christian toolbox (“Consider Civil Disobedience,” David Koyzis). And three, when we make the difficult choice to act in civil disobedience, we must be careful to “Be angry, and yet do not sin” (“The Shaken Conscience of a Pro-Life Activist,” Karen Swallow Prior).
Because the church I serve is within three miles of one of the abortion clinics of the doctor who invented the grisly procedure known as partial-birth abortion, I felt compelled to respond. However, the civil disobedience that was appropriate in 1988 does not seem appropriate in 2016. As your writers would no doubt agree, wise and prayerfully determined tactics should fit our current times and circumstances.
I received the April edition of CT in my mailbox this week. Wow, what an outstanding issue.
Every issue is special, but this one excels in so many ways. The issue of civil disobedience is handled with enormous skill by David Koyzis (“Consider Civil Disobedience”). And the essay from Leith Anderson and Ed Stetzer on a new way to define evangelicals is incredibly timely (“A New Way to Define Evangelicals”).
I found the essay by Karen Swallow Prior to be one of the most engaging, heartfelt, and honest pieces I have read in a long time (“The Shaken Conscience of a Pro-Life Activist”). My respect for her is off the chart. She’s a courageous person ...1