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Choose Life–Why Abortion is Not An Option

     Once upon a time–thirty-five years ago, to be exact–a young woman became pregnant at an inconvenient time and allowed her husband and his family to talk her into “terminating the pregnancy”: a delicate way of saying “killing the unborn child.”  Now, understand that this young lady believed in God and even knew that Jesus was the Son of God–yet she wasn’t close enough to Him to listen to the still, small voice that kept saying she was committing a sin against the most High God. 

     Some years passed, but it seemed that nothing in her life ever made her really happy.  She still believed in God and went to church; even led one or two people to Christ during that time, but underneath it all lay a niggling fear that the salvation she told others they could find would never really belong to her.  As time went on, the fear grew.  She finally went to the priest of her Episcopal church and asked if her decision to abort her baby could be a problem with her relationship with God.  She was patted on the head (metaphorically speaking) and told that, although the church was never in favor of abortion, God understood why she had done what she had.  Obviously, this was not the root cause of the spiritual separation she was experiencing.  Fast forward another couple of years.  Divorced and remarried, the unhappiness no less than it ever had been, the now-youngish rather than young woman turned in desperation to God in prayer.  She picked up her Bible and prayed “God, please show me why I feel I can’t get close to you!”  She then closed her eyes, opened the Scriptures to a random page and put her finger on a verse.  She opened her eyes and read, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee: and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee…” (Jeremiah 1:5) 

BINGO!!!

Unrepented of murder of a child God knew and was already calling by name.  There it was.

     Brothers and sisters, we have a wonderous Father.  From the very moment this woman cried out for mercy, the weight of the sin disappeared as she was lovingly forgiven by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who removed that sin from her “as far as the east is from the west” and a new person emerged.  A woman free to accept the grace of God and to enter into His presence and to seek His face!  Ask me how I know.

     Children of God, abortion is one social ill that we simply cannot compromise with.  God hates it.  Unequivocally, and without exception.  Yet it is so common today; acceptable in nearly all “civilized” societies.  But how civilized can a country be that advocates the murder of its unborn children?  How can some Christians (and there are many Christians who support the current abortion laws or call themselves “pro-choice Christians”) go before a just and holy God and explain why they support the legalization of the murder of the most vulnerable members of our society?  God tells us in the Old Testament that if a man harms a pregnant woman causing her unborn baby to die, he is to be considered guilty of murder. (Exodus:21:22-23:  “If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.  But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life.”) If he looks on that situation as murder, how much more must He abhor the killing of that child by the mother–surely the child’s natural protector!

     There are three sets of people I need to address here: those who believe we can’t “legislate morality” no matter how we feel about abortion personally, those who are contemplating abortion or know someone who is, and those who have already been through the sin and trauma of abortion.

To those who say we cannot legislate morality:

     A friend of mine recently told me that God gives us the freedom to decide whether we will choose to do His will or not; therefore; we cannot take away that right from anyone and demand more of them than God does.  I can only answer that yes, God does give us personal freedom, but He reminds us that there are not only personal but spiritual and societal consequences to those sins we choose to commit.  Until the 1960’s, nearly every thinking, educated and developed country chose to outlaw a practice that now kills 45 million babies a year worldwide:  a number that equals out to one abortion being performed every 2 seconds.  According to statistics I culled from the website Bound4Life, 48 million babies have been aborted in the US since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v Wade.  24% of all pregnancies in the US end in abortion:  13% of all white pregnancies, 33% of all Hispanic pregnancies, and (almost unbelievably) nearly 50% of all black pregnancies.   Planned Parenthood, the nation’s foremost abortion provider, is finally accomplishing what Margaret Sanger had hoped would happen:  minorities in America are being legally slaughtered in growing numbers, abetted by the very political party, liberal governmental officials and justices who claim to be forwarding the cause of civil rights!  Most of us have heard the absurd conspiracy theory that AIDS was developed by the US government to decimate the black population–where is the outrage over the very real slaughter of babies belonging to this same community?  How many babies, of all races and colors, have been killed who may have been gifts from God destined to find a cure for cancer, to entertain us with great talents, forward the cause of peace in the world, or just to provide comfort and cheer from his/her very existance?  How many would have lived, loved, glorified God, comforted aging parents and been a blessing to the world?

      A favorite mantra of the pro-choice crowd is that one should not be forced to bear a child if it would endanger the health of the mother or if the mother was a victim of rape or incest.  I cannot presume to make up people’s minds for them on this issue, but I can (and must) point out that statistics show only 1.7% of all abortions are performed because of a mother’s health issues, and .3% are performed because the child is the product of rape or incest. 

     God has many times laid a judgment on nations that refused to repent of their sins.  He did not even spare His own beloved “wife” Israel when they sinned, but dispersed them until the time comes for their reinstatement into His kingdom!  God will also judge this nation accordingly as we continue to condone and promote this extermination of the most helpless segment among us.  But who cares?  These babies have no voice in the politically correct decisions determining their life or death status–no votes to curry favor for.  Jesus said, “For whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea.” (Mark:9:42) If He felt like that about those who would harm innocent children, is it any wonder that God’s hand of mercy and protection is being lifted from the United States?  We need to repent as a nation and turn back to the ways of God!

To those considering an abortion or who know someone who is:

     Please don’t do this.  Women have been lied to for long enough about the consequences of abortion.  Maybe you made a mistake in getting pregnant: do not compound the sin by committing a more egregious one.  A child is not a curse or a punishment–a child is a gift from God Almighty Himself.  No matter how wrong your timing for the pregnancy is, God can make it right.  There are many organizations that will help you find low-cost (or even free) gynecological services, baby items, emotional and spiritual support–even a place to live if you need one.  If you feel you absolutely can’t keep your child (or do not choose to), there are thousands of loving homes with families that would thank God for the whole of their lives that they were allowed the gift of a new baby they may not have been able to have had otherwise.  Help is out there.  Abortion is NEVER the only choice you have, regardless of how you may feel at this moment. 

     Another thing to consider is the fact that abortion not only kills babies, but greatly harms women.  Physically, there are many concerns about which the pro-choice crowd would prefer  you not be aware.  First, complications are by no means rare, and may include injury to either the bowel or the bladder, hemorrhaging and infection.  About 1 in every 20 women suffers a laceration of the cervix that causes a 50/50 chance of miscarriage in your next pregnancy if left untreated.  Studies show that if you choose to become pregnant later you will be more likely to bleed in the first three months of the pregnancy, less likely to have a normal delivery and more likely to have complications expelling the baby and its placenta.  Also your next baby will be more likely to be born prematurely, twice as likely to die in the first few months of life, and three to four times more likely to die in the last months of his first year of life.  (Source: abortionfacts.com/literature).  Further, women who have undergone abortions have significantly higher rates of breast cancer later in life (breast cancer has risen by 50% in America since 1973 when abortion became legal) and a higher rate of sterility.  One in twenty to fifty women become sterile: the risk of secondary infertility is three to four times greater than among women who have never had an abortion.  Now add to all of this the emotional and spiritual damage that is referred to as “Post-Abortion Syndrome.”  Women who have abortions are more likely to experience depression, sleep disorders, mood disorders and unexplained fears.  One of these last, I might add, is the fear of God and His punishment.  God loves you, and wants you whole, healthy and happy.  No matter how difficult the road may be right now, God will walk it with you and deliver you and your baby safely at the end! 

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live.”  (Deuteronomy 30:19)

To those who are struggling with the pain of having an abortion in the past:

     Yes, you have sinned.  We “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,”  (Romans:3:23) Yes, it’s a pretty big sin.  If you’re in this situation and you’ve read this far, then probably God had a reason for you to visit this spot today.  Are you still hurting years and years after your abortion?  Are you afraid because you know God hates abortion and you don’t know how to approach Him any more? There’s good news for you!  God still loves you!  He has never stopped loving you, nor will He, no matter how He views your sin.  He is not mad at you; He wants you to repent of the sin once and for all and then run into His loving arms for the forgiveness and comfort only He can bring to your soul.  When you do that, you are free again!  When He looks at you, He will no longer see the sin that has so completely destroyed your well-being but the righteousness of Jesus Christ within you!  You can live fully again in love, faith and joy.  He will be your Father and you His loving daughter!  Let Him take away the pain, the fear and the shame!  Wouldn’t you rather spend the rest of your life and on into eternity glorifying the Lord and praising His Name rather than drowning in a sea of embarrassment and unhappiness?  He’s offering you this choice right this second!  Choose Life–in Him!