The city of San Francisco has a very specific policy for awarding contracts with businesses—if you’re a pro-life state, they won’t work with you. They’ve made a list (and, presumably, checked it twice) of states they deem too pro-life to be acceptable business partners. They hope the measure will pressure pro-life states to change their laws.
San Francisco has a remarkably thin understanding of the pro-life movement. Do they really think entire states—whose citizens and legislators believe abortion is the murder of an innocent child—will give up this moral conviction for a chance at a few extra bucks? This is less about creating actual change than it is about establishing a new checkpoint in the race to be the most progressive.
For people with such a shallow worldview, I guess that seems plausible. But the pro-life position is founded on the belief that some things go beyond politics. Some things are grounded in God’s eternal and unchanging character. Protecting life is one of those things.
Doing business is not just about making money. Business is just one part of a whole life, in which every Christian is called to “do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). In the world today, seeking God’s glory first may mean missing out on a contract or not making a sale. But we need to have Paul’s contentment: “If we have food and clothing, with these we will be content” (1 Timothy 6:8). We can’t control the pathetic and petty policies San Francisco or other cities make, but we can stay committed to our convictions and choose to be content while we trust in God to provide.
God, we ask that you would be at work in us, fortifying our hearts and clarifying that our hope is solely in Christ. Make us ready, if necessary, to face discrimination and poor treatment by others for the convictions we have. May our hearts trust in you to provide for every need we have, and let everything we do bring honor and glory to you.
About First Baptist Dallas and Dr. Robert Jeffress
Dr. Robert Jeffress is a best-selling author of 24 books, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV and radio host and the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, one of the largest and most influential churches in America. Pathway to Victory, Dr. Jeffress’ broadcast ministry, airs daily nationwide on more than 900 radio stations and is broadcast live to 195 countries. His latest book, “Choosing the Extraordinary Life,” is available in bookstores everywhere. He is an evangelical adviser to the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.