We live in a culture that says the only God worthy of worship is ourselves. As culture informs us of this lie, we begin to internalize it. Overtime, we gradually lose our convictions. The things we once believed were wrong have been dressed up, polished and presented in a way that makes them look “acceptable.” Abortion is a terrible thing, yet culture has manipulated us with words that blind us to the reality of abortion. These manipulative words have paved the way for us to passively sit on the sidelines without any guilty conscious. We hear of abortion and shrug our shoulders as if we don’t have hearts. On the flip side, we hear about the death of Cecil the lion and our hearts erupt as Twitter and Facebook feeds are filled with concern for this “holy” animal. As a nation, we freak out about one animal being killed, but we gloss over the fact that millions of babies are being murdered every year.
All of a sudden Planned Parenthood has been put in the spotlight. This is an organization that uses abortion as a means to make money. It’s a “non-profit” organization that supposedly sends parts of dead babies to research labs for “research,” not money. They justify their horrid actions with words of manipulation. They say things like, “It’s for the benefit of the mother,” “It’s for research,” “Your baby could help us find a cure for different diseases”. These phrases try to justify the evil that is abortion by making it sound beneficial. If we were our own “gods”, I would be an advocate for abortion. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we are not God, God is God. He is Creator and we are the created. Why do we try to elevate ourselves to God’s place? When we do that we believe we have the power to do whatever we want because we become our own authorities. In reality, God is King, Lord and Creator over all. We are under His authority, not the other way around.
It’s amazing to me how ignorant we are to the reality of abortion. Most abortions happen within the first nine weeks of pregnancy. Have you seen what a baby looks like at nine weeks?! Thanks to the ultrasound, we now can. Ultrasounds have made it possible for us to see the very humans we are murdering. When you see a baby at five weeks, you will notice a heartbeat. The next week you will notice that limbs, intestines and lungs take form. The weeks after that you will continue to see the baby develop. Over time you will notice the baby hiccups, sucks their finger and is even responsive to pain. If that isn’t human, I don’t know what is.
There are many people out there that say abortion may be gruesome, but is justifiable in the right context. For instance, what if the mother isn’t capable of raising the baby, got pregnant off a one-night stand or knew the baby would be unhealthy? What then? Is abortion justified? By no means! For many, abortion is a convenient way to get rid of an inconvenience. In other words, if a mother gets an abortion, it is convenient for her to rid herself of the inconvenience which that baby would be to her.
You’re probably thinking, “But wait, what if she was inconvenienced by a power-hungry man who raped her?” Doesn’t rape justify abortion? What if the baby inside her was not a product of sex within the context of marriage, but a product of sin in the context of violence? Is abortion justifiable then? By no means! I understand I have never had an emotional encounter with something like this. I can’t imagine what a rape victim goes through as they are presented with this decision of whether or not to abort their baby. In the end, rape does not justify abortion. (By the way, rape victims make up less than one percent of abortions, but that one percent matters!) That baby may be a product of a man’s sin, but that baby does not deserve to be executed because of another’s sin. It deserves life. While the mother may not be able to take care of the baby, there are millions of families out there who are unable to have children and would be grateful to adopt. You may not want the child, but someone out there does!
As Christians, we must stand firm on the issue of abortion. If you support pro-choice, on what basis do you support it? Has culture convinced you that murdering an innocent, unborn child is justifiable, acceptable, and even positive at times? If that is you, I encourage you to shift your focus to God’s Word. Remember, God is the Creator of our world; He is the Author of life, the Alpha and Omega. He alone has the only say in who gives and takes away life. So, what does the Bible say about all this?
Psalm 139:13-16 says “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
From this passage we see that God is the maker of life. He knew who we were before our parents met, before conception, and before our first steps. He created us and loved us from the beginning. He knows every one of us by name and sees us as His creation. When we view unborn children as objects, we dehumanize them by seeing them as less than us. As abortion and organizations like Planned Parenthood are still seeing the light of day, let us not sit passively in the corner as evil continues without any form of opposition. As we pray relentlessly about abortion and all who are involved, let us also hold firm to biblical truth as we fight for the rights of those without a voice.