Arguably, abortion has been called many names, from both a “pro” and a “con” perspective. Depending on the name used, abortion might not sound so bad, so to more suitably address that issue, and so that there is no misunderstanding my personal viewpoint, why don’t we call abortion what it has always been since the first one was performed…
Some folks will have a problem with that name, and they may be the same ones that may have nicely rationalized excuses like the following:
“It’s a choice.”
No… it’s not.
Holy Scripture offers this refute, stating that the compunction/driving force for any sin, whether it be abortion or something else, is one’s own intrinsically evil nature (italic emphasis mine):
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:13)
“It’s my body.”
No… it’s not.
Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, had this to say regarding all human beings… for whom Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, freely gave His life so that they could know the free pardon of sin and understand the worth that they have to God (italic emphasis mine):
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, who you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
“Morally speaking, it’s OK.”
No… it’s not.
I understand that in the world as it is today, a great many people do not believe that there is any truth that is absolute: however, to so state that belief is a logical violation of what those folks so earnestly believe, because that statement would be… an absolute truth. It is not the intent of this post to get into arguments over philosophical proofs as to what constitutes absolute truth versus relative truth: actually, the distinction is to anyone with an honest intellect plain, simple fact. I can present no better refute, in terms of an absolute truth, to abortion that the Word of God Himself as taken from the Ten Commandments:
You shall not murder. (Exodus 20:13)
Humanity has extreme difficulty in understanding that God has a purpose behind everything that occurs, whether it is events that He has caused to occur, or it is events that He has allowed to occur… because we cannot, with our mortal limitations, see all of God’s timelines. In many cases, this causes extreme anguish, and indeed people suffer grieveously in this present broken world; that cannot be denied. Holy Scripture attests to this attribution of God:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:8-11)
Having stated that the Lord does not think in the same way that we do, and that the Lord does not act in the same way that we do, what are we supposed to derive from the above passage of Holy Scripture?
That the Lord will make things right, despite our inability to understand what He is doing; please understand that simply because we believe that God will not react as we expect Him to, does not mean that He will not react as He deems best for the situations that impact us… the above passage from Isaiah continues, and illustrates this:
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.” (Isaiah 55:12-13)
To realize the ultimate good that God will bring out of adverse situations that affect us, we must trust God that he will do exactly that. I make no pretense whatsoever to suggesting that trusting God will be easy. Obeying God is not problematic, because Holy Scripture is a roadmap that defines what obedience to God is. Trusting God is an entirely different dynamic, because trusting God is worked out in an arena that has no definition at all.
Read this for a discussion of suffering and trials from a Biblical perspective.
When it is said that God will bring ultimate good out of a situation that seems as though it could never have any good come from it (an example would be not aborting a child born of an incestuous union or a rape, or not aborting a child known to have an abnormality), what is meant by that statement? Is an ultimate good even possible out of such circumstances? Holy Scripture, in the book of Genesis, relates the story of Joseph and his brothers. Joseph was deliberately sold into slavery by his brothers, and their intent was to do the very worst to him that they could do, even unto death. Long story short… Joseph ended up as an exalted, powerful man in Egypt, and he was reunited with his brothers despite their worry that he would repay them for all the evil that they had done to him:
When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept. His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. (Genesis 50:15-21)
There is a profound lesson here: what humanity means for evil (abortion being the deliberate taking of life that was not created by the person deciding on the abortion or by the person doing the abortion), God means for His glory and the ultimate good of the people involved. That we cannot see into the future to be assured of those goals being realized does not mean those goals will not be realized; please understand that NO ONE and NOTHING can thwart God’s purpose:
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21)
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. (Proverbs 21:30)
Who can speak and have it happen if the LORD has not decreed it? (Lamentations 3:37)
Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it? (Isaiah 43:13)
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. (Isaiah 46:10)
God can see what we cannot see. How do you know what purposes a child ready to be born into the world will fulfill for the God who created him or her? That child might discover a life-saving medicine that will cure a deadly disease resulting in potentially hundreds to thousands of lives being saved; that child might bring one soul, or a million souls, to Godly sorrow and repentance, resulting in eternal life. To decide against preserving a life that God has created for His purposes is a usurping of a privilege that only God possesses by his absolute moral perfection… to decide who will live and who will die.
By any definition, statistics on abortion in the United States alone are absolutely mind-boggling. In looking at just one source alone (Allan Guttmacher Institute Reports and Facts in Brief, 1996), here are several that do a good job of chilling the soul:
-3,700 a day.
-1,350,000 a year.
-1 every 24 seconds.
-For every 100 live births, there are 31 abortions.
You would think that we, as an allegedly civilized nation, would be outraged. It is certainly my own opinion, but a nation that deliberately murders its unborn (and which does not regard that action as a moral outrage) will not survive. It would appear that we are already to that point:
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)
Can we as a nation be forgiven by a holy God for our heinous murder of His innocent unborn? Certainly, according to Holy Scripture:
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
We will ever, as a nation, do this? A good question.
Finally, there is the always delicate question about what to do about the travesty of abortion. Yes- it is horrific. Yes- it is sin. Yes- it is murder. Yes- it will destroy our country unless it is stopped. All this being said, people who call themselves Christians cannot, under any circumstances, harm those who have abortions, or who perform abortions. This is strictly forbidden by Holy Scripture:
Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. (Romans 12:19)
What can Christians do about abortion? Pray… pray to God the Father Almighty that He will put an end to this inhuman and unholy scourge before it destroys our nation.