Jesus was not a political movement! I hope your identity is in Christ and not in a political party. Jesus said “pay your taxes” and stayed out of politics. He was about the Kingdom of God, not a political party or even overthrowing the oppressive Roman government! Christians ought be about expanding the Kingdom of God and all that comes with it: love, peace, joy, etc., over politics.
That being said, I will now talk to you about voting on this Christian blog (sheepish grin). For those who didn’t shut off their device and run after that last sentence let me assure you that I’m not trying to make you a “Republican,” I’m really not. What I am going to try to do is encourage you to vote in the election next Tuesday – and to pay particular attention to one issue. I want you to consider making this one issue a deal maker or breaker for any candidate you might consider regardless of anything else. The issue of which I speak is (drum roll) PRO LIFE! Please just allow me to make the case for you to vote, and only vote for pro-life candidates.
Does Scripture Take a Stance on Abortion?
If you are reading this, you are likely either a Christian or a seeker who is interested in what the Bible says. Most likely you agree that God inspired the message in the Bible, so I’m writing this from and for the perspective of a believer. You will not find the word “abortion” in the Bible but there is a consistent message that God loves mankind and places a very high value on human life. The real question for believers (and nonbelievers for that matter) when it comes to abortion is whether or not a “fetus” in the womb is a “human life.” I haven’t heard any person argue that it is okay to take the life of a child, so the decisive question remains “is a child in the womb a human being?” Now I could give you a long list of scientific evidence: heartbeat, brainwaves, ability to feel pain, etc…. but to a Christian audience I will offer Scripture:
Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
And before you were born I consecrated you;
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5 NASB)
The prophet Jeremiah makes clear what God informed him – that he was a human being in his mother’s womb and God knew him then. King David makes a similar admission in his inspired Psalm:
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them. (Psalm 139:13-16)
Scripture is clear that a “fetus” is a human life. So, if you believe Scripture is inspired then you have to agree that abortion is more than terminating a pregnancy but also taking the life of a human being. Not to be cathartic, but terminating an innocent human being is also called “murder” and is certainly forbidden in the Bible.
How does God view abortion?
There is no case of a woman having an abortion in the Bible. However, I would like for you to consider another practice that is dealt with extensively and that is child / infant sacrifice. The Phoenicians, who occupied Canaan (modern day Israel) before the Hebrew people made it through the desert in their Exodus from Egypt, worshipped a god named Molech. This worship included sexual rituals as well as child sacrifice. Molech worship was not isolated to Canaan but was dealt with there because this was the Promise Land for God’s chosen people. Molech was a man-made giant metal statue with the head of a bull. Children were placed on the outstretched arms which descended into a hole going in the body of the statue. When sacrifices were to occur a fire was lit around the statue which created an oven effect inside. Sacrificing a first born child to Molech supposedly brought financial prosperity to the family amongst other things.1 In America today, over 60 million abortions have occurred since 1973 (Roe vs Wade decision)2, approximately 3,000 per day.3 One of the primary reasons given for aborting a child is financial prosperity. In one pole 73% of women cited children were “too expensive” as a reason for their decision to have an abortion.4 If you think comparing abortion and child sacrifice is out of line, please remember that Scripture teaches a child in the womb is indeed a human being that God knows intimately. God’s view of child sacrifice is captured in the passage below. This passage is God’s a response to Israel participating in the horrific practice of child sacrifice to Molech:
They built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it entered My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. (Jeremiah 32:35)
Moreover, Child sacrifice was specifically forbidden by God in the Old Covenant Mosaic Law given to His chosen people:
You shall not give any of your offspring to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I am the Lord. (Leviticus 18:21)
There are other verses similar to the two above, very strongly worded and forbidding the practice of child sacrifice – even demanding the death penalty for those who practice it. As a matter of fact, the area of land where the Israelites were known to have given child sacrifices “Gehenna” was viewed as unclean and abandoned. It was later used for burning trash so it always contained a fire. Jesus used Gehenna as an illustration for hell.
What Can We Do?
Today in America we obviously don’t live in a theocracy as the ancient Israelites did. Instead we live in a democratic representative republic. So, we (the Body of Christ) have the opportunity to vote people into office who then create the law of the land. We actually vote people into office who appoint judges to enforce the law of the land. I strongly urge you my brothers and sisters, to vote! Vote in the election coming up in a week, and vote in every national, state wide and local election! And though I have heard people like me (single issue voters) criticized as biting off our noses to spite our face, I urge you to consider making “pro-choice” an automatic disqualifier for any candidate you might consider supporting with your vote. If people who called themselves Christians in America were unified on voting this way it would be virtually impossible for a pro-abortion candidate to get elected to a statewide or national position. Furthermore, it would be very unlikely that terminating a life in the womb would be a constitutionally protected right. I realize this suggestion pretty much eliminates one of the two major parties; then so-be-it. This is not about being “a Republican.” I would actually like to eliminate many of them from the political scene as well. Certainly those who are “pro-choice” as well as those who campaign as if they are pro-life but seem to forget about it when they govern. I do happen to be conservative politically, but I guarantee you that I would vote for a communist dictator before voting for a Ronald Reagan disciple who was pro-choice. That’s how important I believe this is for our nation in view of the Bible. We have taken over 60 million innocent lives in the womb since 1973, enough is enough! And by the way, these deaths are disproportionately high in the black and Hispanic communities.
Two contrary Christian viewpoints I have encountered are paraphrased below:
1) I disagree with abortion, but I agree with the rest of the Democrat platform.
2) I disagree with abortion, but I don’t think the government should be involved with that decision.
People, we are talking about taking the lives of innocent and defenseless human beings! I apologize in advance for this graphic illustration, but to my Christian friends who might hold one of the positions above, please consider the hypothetical scenario below:
Our government decides that until a child is 4, the parents have a right to terminate them if it is determined that they are an unwanted for any reason. Moreover, suppose that this decision was being made 3,000 times a day in our country. Would you still consider voting for a pro-euthanisation candidate because you agree with their fiscal (or other) policies? If so then perhaps you are somehow, someway assigning less value to a human life in the womb. Please, give prayerful consideration to your position here and then vote your conscious (as they say).
To Women Who have had an Abortion
I understand it a near certainty that a woman who has had an abortion is reading this blog. To you I would like to quote one more Scripture:
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)
In Christ you are loved, accepted and forgiven. You are not condemned and as a matter of fact God loves you so much that He gave His son to die for all of your sins (past and future). If you have received Jesus you have received forgiveness and guilt is not yours, Jesus took on guilt for you. God cares about your life and wants you to have peace and joy. Please do not misread any of this as condemnation. This is not about condemnation, it is about saving future lives; lives so precious that Jesus gave Himself so that they might have life and have it abundantly.
1 https://www.gotquestions.org/who-Molech.html. Accessed 10/30/2018.
2 http://www.numberofabortions.com . Accessed 10/30/12018.
3http://www.answers.com/Q/How_many_babies_have_been_aborted_in_America_since_Roe_v._Wade. Accessed 10/30/2018.
4 http://clinicquotes.com/top-4-reasons-women-give-for-having-an-abortion/. Accessed 10/30/2018.