I’ll start with a personal story that I think has some connection to abortion. When I was in South Africa the group I was with were visiting a village to pray for the sick and dying. Off in the distance we noticed thick black smoke. When we asked the local villagers what the smoke was coming from they initially told us it was coming from the fire at St. Johns church. The discouragement came when they started to explain what that “church” was doing. St. Johns was an animistic tribe who used the fires to sacrifice their children to their gods for reasons such as: a plentiful crop, rain, blessing, wellness and the like. When we heard that, many of us were sickened and our perception of the war raging around us became increasingly visible. We understood why there were so many sick and dying. We understood that this world is sinful and that the word of God needed to go out from among us into these villages.
Bringing It Home…
So how does that relate to today and this issue? We here in America would never stand for our children being sacrificed on the altars of some foreign god, or would we? We would be outraged to even behold the killings going on every day in this village. But that’s where the sentiments stop and where reality begins. We ARE offering up our children on the altars of foreign gods. One very prominent god in America today is Planned Parenthood. Every year, according to their book keeping, roughly 340,000 children are being sacrificed on the altars of clinics around the country. On the altar of convenience children are given up in hopes of that something better might come of it. Now believe me, Planned Parenthood has a very nice website and claims that abortion is absolutely safe, so they put on a shiny front in order to draw people to themselves. I encourage you to visit their website and see for yourself, all the teaching materials and ways they can “help” you in your endeavors.
For Those Outside The Church…
Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about this very specific issue. First off I would like to say that abortion is an offense to God’s sovereign authority as Creator. Only God can create new life and only He has the authority to take it. Inside the womb God has created a person for His own glory and though a baby may be hidden to the rest of the world a baby is never hidden from the sight of God. Abortion is also an attack on God’s very intimate relationship with his created beings. God fashions us in the womb (Job 31:15), He knows us (Jeremiah 1:5), and He calls us from the womb (Isaiah 49:1). The womb contains a person formed in the image of God, therefore for someone to take that life is an offense which must come under the sovereign judgment of an infinitely Holy God. Let us take a look at a portion of the Bible from the book of Psalms.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be
Mothers who have aborted children, fathers who have encouraged them, grandparents who have supported them, doctors who have performed them, and leaders who have permitted them all come under this divine wrath but it does not stop there. The Bible tells us that ALL have fallen short of the glory of God and thus we are all in a place under wrath before an Almighty God. My sin does not taste better to God because it is not abortion. God hates ALL sin and any form of wickedness is detestable before Him. Thus we find ourselves on a level playing field, with nothing in ourselves that is good enough to bring about the appeasement of that wrath. Every one of us is desolate before the throne of God but there is hope in the midst of our wickedness.
While God may be the judge of both the righteous and the wicked, he is also the savior of them both. Jesus came in the likeness of man, born of a woman through the power of the Holy Spirit and ultimately died on a cross to absorb the righteous judgment due each one of us. He took our place so that we would not have to feel the sting of death. This plan to save sinners was in place before the foundations of the world and it was meant for God’s glory and for our joy. There is responsibility on our part though, we must repent or turn away from our wicked deeds. Looking to Christ we must acknowledge our complete and utter dependence on his mercy in order that we may be saved. Yes God is a sovereign and holy judge but take hope in this; God forgives entirely, heals deeply, restores completely and redeems fully. In Psalm 106 we hear a story of an Israel that had prostituted itself to foreign gods and began to offer up their children in sacrifice. While God brought them under judgment for their wicked hearts we see near the end of the Psalm God telling them that their cries came to him and He took note of their distress. God remembered his promise to them and caused those who oppressed them to show them mercy.
For Those In The Church…
Let us not forget brothers and sisters that according to the Word of God we were once alienated and cut off from God when we lived in our ignorance. We fall short like the rest of humanity but in the riches of God’s grace He chose us in him before the foundations of the world. Let us also remember that we are to be ambassadors of Christ to bring about the message of reconciliation as though Christ were making his appeal through us. We must learn to love and see each sin as a great offense to God but we must also see that there is a deep well of mercy that is available. We must not stand at the alter and preach down to people but we must come to the alter on our faces and urge people that there is still room. For the Christian and the abortionist alike, we need to cry out to God so that he will look upon us and take mercy. We need to fall before him and acknowledge that we have sinned before his face and only by his mercy can we be saved and a way opened up to us for our guilt to be taken away. In the book of Habakkuk we see a very raw prayer from the prophet to God. Let this ring in our ears today among all the peoples of the nations, “in wrath remember mercy”. (Habakkuk 3:2)