I am against abortion. I believe it is murder. Period.
I was recently told how to vote this November. The assumption being that one political party is better for this issue than the other. I do not see this.
The Republicans had all three branches of government when President Trump took office. Abortions continued at the same rate. They are now trying to stop abortion through appointing conservative judges, but these judges have not stopped abortions.
So what are we to do?
The answer is to stop thinking that we can eliminate abortion through legislation. Legislation is the expression of the values of the public, and, currently, the majority of the public believes that abortion is a right. We are losing the battle of ideas.
Let me state firstly, that, as Christians, our focus is not to be on any particular sin, including abortion. I do not see Jesus or Paul or Peter attacking the sin of the gentiles (they do attack the sin in the church). The focus of Christians should always be to bring people to Christ. In Christ, under the authority of God, the Holy Spirit will guide each individual to righteous thinking and practice. They will leave sin behind.
Now, I am not saying that we do not engage the world on the topic of abortion. I have had intense conversations with people and have given them information that has helped them see and understand that abortion is actually killing children. And others have chosen not to see this, by force of will. One of the things I love about being a Christian is that I do not have to hide from tough issues. The truth is the truth.
Here are some of my arguments:
- We need to be consistent. If we are not willing to kill children outside the womb, why would we kill the same children inside the womb? One might say that the child in the womb is dependent on the mother for survival and that this is a difference. I have raised children. The baby outside the womb is just as dependent on its mother for survival. The only difference is location. The baby cannot continue to grow inside the mother. He/she would be too big.
- The child is not the woman’s body. And, if that is the argument for killing it, because it is made up of cells that originate in the mother and father, then, again to be consistent, mothers and fathers should be able to kill their own children at any point. A child is made of the same cells. Of course, this is ludicrous.
- It is impossible to treat one part of humanity, the unborn, as worthless trash, then to not think of all people, including the mothers, as worthless trash. To devalue the unborn is to devalue us all.
- The unborn child is as human as anyone else. If not, then what are they? It is not the number of cells that makes us human. If that were the case, then what is the number? Children have less cells than adults. Does that make them less human? Absolutely not. Human is what we are. Once sperm and egg join, there is a human being. It can be nothing else. It never becomes something else. The cell has the program, the DNA, for a human. It is human.
- Some pro-abortionists show concern for the mother who brings a child to term and then has to give it up. They do not have the same concern for the mother who kills their baby inside their own womb and then has to live with this guilt for the rest of her life. I have had women in counseling who have had to work through their guilt over their abortions. It is a pain one never recovers from. The idea that an abortion has no lasting effects on the mother is a lie.
- Some argue that those who are against abortion are against freedom of choice. This is a smokescreen of words. No one has the freedom to murder another human being.
- When talking to a person who is for abortion, we must be very careful. Those who are for abortion use language in a very particular way. They speak of freedom of choice, or of the pregnancy, or of termination of the pregnancy. These are code words that soften the blow of what abortion actually is. Those who support abortion will never use the word ‘baby’ for the child in the womb. They will never say that abortion is killing a baby, although that is exactly what it is.
- Some believe that abortion is a matter of gender equality. This is ridiculous. Baby girls are aborted the same as baby boys. There is perfect gender equality in abortion.
- Some will argue that making abortion illegal forces women to shady unsafe alternatives. The same argument could be made for making murdering others legal. After all, since it is now illegal, we are forced to hire hit men to do the job for us. Should it then be legal?
- Some will bring up the problem of incest and rape. Should these girls be forced to carry a child to term? These are horrific violations that demean women. But, adding to them the horrific prospect of murdering a human being is not the solution. These girls need counseling and love. It is much better for them to turn their tragedy into triumph by bringing the baby to term.
- Finally, I feel that abortion is an intensely selfish act. It is a mother putting her own lifestyle above the life of their child. Most abortions are done by young women who want to have sex but do not want to raise a child. I am far more impressed with the majority of mothers who make sacrifices for their children. We had a teacher in our district who had cancer. She refused treatment and died to save the life of her unborn child who was born healthy.
My focus is the focus of Jesus. I am trying to proclaim the good news—that God has sent His own Son, to show us how humanity was meant to live and to give His life as a payment for all our sins. It is our faith in Him and our identification with His sacrifice that allows us to participate in His death and resurrection, dying to our old selves and being made new in Christ. It is in this new life that our perspective is changed. It is In Christ that we repent of all our sin, where we are given the Holy Spirit who gives us the strength to live for Him and to progressively grow to in His image.
Christians need to stop being amazed that non-Christians act like non-Christians. We need to always have thoughtful truthful answers for what we think (1 Peter 3:15), but it is the new creation that will change the world, not new legislation.