Friends, I am burdened by the way that we so easily brush off the “lawful” murder/sacrifice of unborn children in the US. I believe that God will place our complacency toward this genocide alongside that of what Hitler did to the Jews through their mass slaughter. Since abortion has been “lawful” in the US, over 40 million unborn babies have never seen the light of day. As so many consider the decision to abort a child solely that of the mother, I wonder if those same people could agree that it is also the mother’s right to kill her baby after it is born. Our law calls that murder, but the abortion/murder decision is the sole privilege of the mother. I find this totally inconsistent from a human law standpoint. More important it is clear that the Bible teaches that abortion is murder. Would you pray during this “Sanctity of Life” week that God will intervene in this terrible genocide and allow man to truly see the error of his ways? May God forgive us as Christians for such complacency and urge us to tell everyone we know that as a society we will pay for the consequences of our collective sin.
The comments below are summarized from a Sunday School lesson I first taught to a married couple’s class in 1994 and have updated recently. They offer some biblical background on valuing human life. Unfortunately, it has only gotten worse in these past 17 years.
During the 20th century, humans have lived through the greatest period of change in the history of the world. Discoveries by natural science and countless new technical inventions have provided us with previously unheard of luxuries such as personal computers, iPhones, iPods, iPads, etc. However, during this same period, moral and spiritual values that withstood the test of the ages have gone into major decline. Our spiritual senses have been dulled primarily due to the influence of materialism. Everyday conduct that was condemned by previous generations has been commonly accepted as a life-style by today’s generation.
Particularly noticeable in today’s society is the lack of value placed upon human life. Just look at some of the evidences that the value is cheap: the rising murder rate; the advent of car-jacking and senseless killings; the controversy over euthanasia and voluntary suicide; the violence and illicit sex which fills our streets, movies, television, and communities; and perhaps the most telling of all, the millions of aborted babies who were never given a chance to be what God planned for them to be when they were conceived.
Sadly, many adults prefer to change the subject when the topic of sanctity of life and abortion arises. Most prefer to let others deal with the abortion issue. But unfortunately, there is no way we can avoid this crucial issue. Directly or indirectly, each of us is affected by the decisions enacted by our government in relation to abortion. There really is no middle ground on this issue with God. Let’s look to the Bible for God’s directive.
I. All human life comes from God (Gen. 1:27).
Genesis 1 (NIV)
27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
The Hebrew word for “create” is used only of God. It expresses the incomparable creative activity of God. While it is possible for people to invent or even to discover, only God can create. Consider how God made the first human Adam. (Gen 2:7) God breathed into man the “breath of life”, and that is what makes man unique on this earth. John 4:24 tells us that “God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” If we are created in His image, then we too are spirit. Jeremiah 1:5 tells us about how God views the pre-born child by stating “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” A person’s worth to God does not depend on age, gender, or nationality.
II. Jesus instructs Christians to influence society (Matt. 5:13-16) (all scriptures are NIV unless otherwise noted).
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Christians are the “salt” of the earth. We lose our “saltiness” when we do not stand up for what is right. Eventually the lack of saltiness leads to the loss of purpose. We are also to be visible in the world (light), not hidden away from view. Christians must express their convictions regarding crucial moral issues such as abortion, pornography, child abuse, homosexuality, and substance abuse. I contend it is “right” for a Christian to take a stand and strongly urge those in government to correct the wrongs we see in our society. Christians must take the initiative to be salt and light on the abortion issue.
III. Jesus calls us to a new attitude concerning the value of Human Life (Matt. 5:21-22).
21 You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
The sixth commandment tells us that murder is wrong. How can people seem to have great understanding of the commandments of God and fail to see this command as it relates to the pre-born baby? Jesus speaks about man’s outward appearances and inward thoughts in verse 22 and tells us that we will be subject to judgment. It is clear from the scripture that man be judged by God on the abortion issue. Regardless of what you think about abortion, God’s position is clear. It is murder. The term “Raca” is a reproach used by the Jews in the time of Christ, meaning “worthless.” The Jews used it as a word of contempt. It is derived from a root meaning “to spit.” Is there really a question in your mind on where Jesus stands on the issue of abortion?
IV. Jesus commands us to live with sexual purity (Matt. 5:27-28).
27 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
President Jimmy Carter got in trouble with the news media for admitting that he had “lusted” in his heart and for stating that he was a “born again” Christian. The teaching of Jesus clearly indicates that inward lust is sin … not just the outward act of adultery. This is different from what was being taught and practiced by the Jewish leadership based on their interpretation of the scriptures. Sexual attraction was created by God and is to be limited to the confines of marriage. Lust is the product of Satan and has been adopted by the sinful nature of man. Lust has been marginalized and popularized in our modern-day through movies, television and advertising. At every turn we are bombarded with messages that encourage us to accept sinful and sexual pleasures as a normal lifestyle. Couples live together outside of marriage in open defiance of God’s word. Countless Fortune 500 companies use sex as the central point of their message to sell their product. Ultimately the abortion issue just blends into our tolerance for immorality. In 1 Corinthians 9:27 Paul calls Christians to be accountable for their conduct and “bring their bodies into subjection.”
V. Jesus demands that we value all human life (Matt. 5:43-45a).
43 You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”
Christian love as described by Jesus compels us to love all individuals, even our enemies. Such love includes protecting those individuals who cannot defend themselves. Some might argue that Christians have no responsibility in changing the attitude of our nation toward abortion. I contend that Christians have a deep responsibility to defend the un-born child, to counsel the unwed mother that there are alternatives to abortion, to counsel a mother who has had an abortion that God will forgive her of her heinous sin, and to persuade a couple who is considering abortion not to terminate an unplanned pregnancy.
If all of human life comes from God, will you follow God’s example and consider all life precious and sacred? How will you as a Christian influence our society? It is not enough to sit back and let someone else do it for you. A healthy and growing relationship with God means that our attitudes and actions must change to promote the value and worth of all people, particularly those who never get a chance to be born for the first time.
The link below will take you to a video posted on Facebook by the Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield, California. It is a wonderful depiction of the unborn child’s life cycle. I urge you to spend the few minutes it takes to view it and then pray that God will embolden you to take action about the pitiful human tragedy “we the people” are allowing to continue by “law” in the United States of America.
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God will continue to bless you with wisdom to inspire others to support the need to protect the unborn. Both Judy and I agree with your message and will do our part in fulfilling the Lord’s expectations.
John & Judy
John & Judy,
I appreciate your encouragement. I am truly burdened about this issue. I am not what you would call an activist nor do I believe that there is a magic wand that we can wave to reverse this tragedy. But I know that God is displeased with us as a nation because of our collective sin on the abortion issue and that we will collectively suffer on this side of glory for the consequences of that sin. As Christians it is our duty to let others know how we feel and what the Bible says about the sanctity of life. We simply cannot continue to ignore it any longer.