GAO's Abortion Findings Is a Wake-Up Call to Couch-Potato Christians

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Chelsen Vicari serves as the Evangelical Program Director for the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

Too often I hear faithful Christians say, "I'll stay out of the governments business if the government stays out of my business." Well, it's safe to say that the murder of innocent unborn babies, aided by our tax dollars, is our business.

Caught red handed, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Americans' tax dollars are subsidizing abortions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare. At least 1,036 plans cover abortions despite President Barack Obama's promise that "under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place."

Are we really shocked? Christian citizens cannot expect honesty, morality and courage from our elected leaders and their policies if we refuse to elect honest, moral and courageous leaders at the polls. Don't forget that in 2012, 6.4 million Evangelicals voted for President Obama, an outspoken supporter of abortion on demand, tax-payer funded abortions, partial-birth abortions, and the list goes on.

Being pro-life goes far beyond cool bumper stickers pasted on our car bumpers. So does being a follower of Jesus Christ. Both identities call for speaking out and standing up for our convictions even when it causes us discomfort or discrimination. This is convictional Christianity in action, but I fear too many in the Church have opted for couch-potato Christianity instead.

The pro-life movement cannot save unborn lives by employing couch-potato Christianity when it comes to the governments abusive, and in some cases, deadly public policies. Remember that it is not only ethically decent to oppose abortion, but a Biblical duty to act on behalf of the helpless. Proverbs 31:8 instructs, "Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute."

When it comes to choosing between obeying God's commandments and adhering to Caesar's policies, every convictional Christian must recognize its time to practice what we preach. As followers of Christ we know that Biblical truths and principles transform and save lives. So why keep God's truths to ourselves, closeted in our chapels? Why keep His truths out of government?

Convictional Christians cannot "stay out of the government's business" because the role of government affects each one of our lives. So as our nation moves beyond legalizing abortion to collectively paying for it, it's time for Christian citizens to ditch their couch-potato mindset. The murder of helpless unborn babies is always our business.

Chelsen Vicari serves as the Evangelical Program Director for the Institute on Religion and Democracy. She earned her Masters of Arts in Government from Regent University and frequently contributes to conservative outlets. Follow her on twitter @ChelsenVicari.