As I sit and reflect on the events of the last year in terms of the pro-life movement, I have to admit I can get discouraged. Although it certainly did not come as a great surprise, almost immediately our president began to take some of the pro-choice steps we feared he would. First came his swift reversal of the “Mexico City Rule” and then (although this is in a different vein than abortion, but still most definitely a life issue) he removed restrictions on the federal funding for stem cell research. And now we are facing a “health care reform” bill that would require me to help fund abortion with my hard earned tax dollars and further open up avenues and availability of this procedure. Add to this the appointees to key positions that are hostile to life issues and it paints a bleak picture.

These are all discouraging details for sure; but, then comes January 22…for those of you who are pro-life activists you probably immediately know the significance of that day each year. It is the “anniversary” (although that always seems to be too cheery of a word in this instance) of the fateful Roe v. Wade decision which basically made abortion on demand in our nation completely unencumbered. Coupled with another decision (Doe v. Bolton) made at the same time, on January 22, 1973 it became legal to obtain an abortion in our nation anytime up to the natural birth of the baby. If you look at the numbers on this the 37th anniversary of these decisions, our nation has allowed the abortion of almost 50 MILLION babies. Reflect on that a moment, it truly boggles the mind.

This is truly a travesty anywhere, but most assuredly in a nation whose own Declaration of Independence declares “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” But, more importantly for me it certainly is in direct opposition to God’s Word; He is very clear when He states “You shall not murder” (ESV). I know that there are some that will euphemistically approach this subject and come to the conclusion that it is something other than the intentional taking of innocent life, but I can only wholeheartedly state that I disagree with them.

So where does this leave us as Christians in the fight against abortion? There will be some of us that march tomorrow in either Washington D.C. or in one of many other cities around our nation to categorically state that we abhor this practice and the detrimental effects that it leaves on all of those involved. Many of us are contacting our legislators so often that they probably know us by first name at this point. Others of us are actively involved in pro-life ministries. Christian clergy of many denominations are speaking out loudly about the sanctity of life and the importance of the body of Christ becoming aware of the injustice that is going on right under our noses.

However, the bottom line is that we serve a mighty, sovereign God and He is in control; somehow this wicked practice at this time in our land fits into His plan and He has a purpose for allowing it to continue. I must admit though, that is a hard one for me to grasp at times. But, I think gives us some idea of where we Christians are left in the fight against abortion…dependence and obedience. Complete dependence on the One who created this universe and every precious life in it; the One who promises that we can “know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (ESV). That is a great promise to depend on.

And simply obedience through our prayer life and our witnessing; only through our petitions to God and through hope in Jesus Christ can people be truly transformed away from thinking that this sad practice of abortion in our land is acceptable in His sight. Pray not only that babies will be saved, but that mothers and fathers who have lost their little ones to abortion will find healing through Christ. Pray that abortion clinic providers and workers will hear the call of the Lord, leave their jobs and truly start helping women. Pray for the many pregnancy centers all across our land that are there not only to lend a hand in dealing with these unexpected blessings, but more importantly they are there to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I, personally, will be praying most fervently that He keeps me vigilant in my efforts to stand in the gap for all of those hurt by abortion.

3 comments
  1. “However, the bottom line is that we serve a mighty, sovereign God and He is in control; somehow this wicked practice at this time in our land fits into His plan and He has a purpose for allowing it to continue” (Jill)

    So…then why do you go against it if this is your theology about God? God is in charge – no need to worry…or to picket for that matter. I mean that seems like the logical conclusion of this idea about a Sovereign God…unless you think somehow your actions will away the balance?

    There are some pro’s to abortion (as unfortunate as I am to say this) – like safety for women having the procedure. In a very sick way, it’s keeping the over-population of the North American continent down. It also saves some women from raising a kid they may have not chose to make (ie: rape or incest). These things also do exist and need to be weighed on…it’s not all black n white an issue.

    However, in general I am pro-life. I don’t see a good enough reason to allow the amount of abortions that happen on quite a daily basis.
    .-= Societyvs´s last blog ..Get Lost! How Is this the Gospel? =-.

  2. Abortion is murder and murder of the worst possible kind: it is the shedding of the “blood of the innocents” who have no way of defending themselves and who did not do anything wrong. This “shedding of the blood of the innocents” is spoken against most stringently in Scriptures. Who is the government to define when the life of a human being begins and how can they talk about the “viability” of the child? No child is viable the first 5 years of their lives (and need nurture and support for at least another 10 years) and life begins at conception (scientifically proven). Many are the causes (often most tragic) of abortion but one thing is for certain “The innocent baby is not to blame”. God is very merciful to us all and many of the strongest pro-life supporters (both men and women) have had abortions or been responsible for abortions. This serious sin (as all others are) is atoned for by Christ’s (the innocent Lamb, the sinless One, the Son of God) sacrificial death on the cross. We must confess our great sins to him and accept His healing and grace. Do not deceive yourselves that the death of an innocent can ever be called “justifiable homicide”. The Scriptures do not speak of any such case (Christ’s sacrifice was in fulfillment of Scriptures and His blood the high price of redemption for us). Lord, have continued mercy on us and America. God Bless you all.

  3. “Abortion is murder and murder of the worst possible kind: it is the shedding of the “blood of the innocents” who have no way of defending themselves and who did not do anything wrong” (Patrick)

    I am not sure how 2 wrongs make a right…help me out here.

    Is rape and incest wrong? Answer is likely ‘yes’. So what if someone gets pregnant by one of those avenues even thought they did not choose to participate in that act? How can it even remotely be claimed that by one wrong (rape) they are still wrong for terminating something they never chose (ie: a child)?

    Now if you say, well God willed that pregnancy…then He also willed that rape that made the child…correct? I am pretty sure that is not the case – God likely does not will rape to happen to someone and they get pregnant via that action of some sick minded individual. This theological thought would be a 3rd wrong IMO.

    At some point this is a matter of choice and a matter of choice (in certain cases) that needs to be seriously considered.

    “This serious sin (as all others are) is atoned for by Christ’s (the innocent Lamb, the sinless One, the Son of God) sacrificial death on the cross.” (Patrick)

    If this is the case, what’s to worry about then?
    .-= Societyvs´s last blog ..Get Lost! How Is this the Gospel? =-.

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