Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Belize. After our group was done working each day, we’d take a trip somewhere in the area, one of those being the Mayan ruins.
In case you're wondering, the Mayans were those ancient people that predicted the world would end in 2012, hence the tagline for the movie 2012, “We Were Warned.”
Though ancient, I want to make a comparison between the Mayan culture and ours regarding abortion. The Mayans are well known for having practiced human sacrifice; they believed that killing one their own was a good thing. Our tour guide said the movie Apocalypto (which has pro-life undertones) portrayed it accurately when they would take the person to be sacrificed up a high set of stone stairs, lay them down, and chop their heads off.
A few people in the group had looks on their faces like “Wait...what?” It was hard to imagine while standing on the very ground that it happened on, and not just once but thousands of times.
When you first hear it described, it’s really easy to condemn them and think “Wow what a backwards culture.” But aren’t we doing the same thing with abortion?
Once the practice of human sacrifice developed and kids were being raised in that culture, they simply took up what had been passed onto them. The same thing has happened in our culture. Other people passed abortion onto us and we don't even know what it's like to live in a world without it. Because of that, some people don't even question it and simply accept it as a part of what we do.
I have to believe that at least some small group of Mayans (or maybe lots more) didn’t agree with the human sacrifices. Maybe they spoke out, maybe they didn’t. If anyone wanted to, the first step towards stopping it would have been to raise the question, “Is this a good thing?” If no one spoke out, or for those who didn’t speak when others did, isn’t the silence a subtle confirmation that it wasn’t all that bad? Those people probably thought, “Well I wouldn’t do it, but it’s not bad enough to speak out about.”
Would you want to be known as a person who didn’t think it was worth speaking out about? I bet the guy walking up the stairs was thinking, “Man…I wish people would start speaking out about this.”
Our job, in our time and culture, is to speak out and raise the question, “Is abortion a good thing?” If we were living in the time of the Mayans, it would have been awesome to have said, “I was part of the group that stopped human sacrifices. It was hard, but here’s how we did it.” In the same way, you have the opportunity to be part of the group that stops abortion. Will you be someone who speaks out, or be the silent person watching the man walk up the stairs?