A Christian response to abortion must revolve around the Scriptural morality of the act itself and the morality of a nation endorsing the act. We know that the Lord holds individuals responsible for their own sin, but Scripture also teaches us that the Lord holds a nation responsible for the immoral acts the laws of a government protect.
The Scripture teaches us that the embryo in the womb is nothing less than a new creation of God. We are taught that the Lord knows us in the womb. He already has plans laid out for our life and a purpose. Here are some Scriptures that reveal the Biblical principle that life begins even before the body is formed and continues as the Lord knits together the body that will hold the life to be born.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb. (NIV)
“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. ” (NIV)
I would imagine most of you would agree that abortion is the taking of innocent life. Most of you would agree that a nation should not endorse and protect abortion. The degree of development in the womb is immaterial from a Biblical viewpoint. Whether the abortion takes place at 9 weeks or 9 months is irrelevant from the Biblical perspective. Abortion at any stage is the killing of life.
The Christian response that I believe has been most prominent has been to chastise our society and chastise those who have opted for abortion. But telling people that something is wrong does not stop them from doing it. If that worked, the Ten Commandment would have ended all sin. To shout from the rooftops that abortion is a sin will not create much change. Though a sign that reads “Abortion is Sin” might dissuade a Christian from abortion, it will not move those who dismiss Biblical mandate. Reversing Roe v. Wade would retract our nation’s endorsement of abortion but until the heart of our nation changes, the law will most likely stand. The problem is that Christianity has spent so much political effort attempting to overturn Roe v. Wade that we have forgotten that abortion is not an issue of law, but an issue of the heart.
Our nation has moved away from Biblical principles to the point that many believe the Bible is an obsolete document. Many times, Israel fell away from the Lord in the Old Testament. The Lord attributed the fading of Israel from Him to a falling away from righteousness and a relationship between God and His people turning cold. He said this to them:
2 Chronicles 7:14
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV)
It is silly to believe that a nation would follow a God in whom they do not believe to know what is best for the individual or the nation. As Christians, if we only address laws, are we not expecting a secular society to follow laws that the Bible teaches makes no sense to them? How foolish we have been! Our response to abortion as to all sin endorsed by our nation should be to call upon the name of the Lord, humbling ourselves. We must recognize that we cannot change hearts. This is an endeavor only the Lord can accomplish, and we must seek Him in prayer standing in the gap for our nation. But prayer without holiness inhibits the Lord. How can the Lord put an end to the sin we despise while we continue without repentance in sin we treasure? Would that not be favoritism? Favoritism is conditional love and it is not part of the character of God.
For God does not show favoritism (NIV)
As we live in accordance with the Word of God by the Spirit of God, we will not only turn from our wicked ways, but we will love a world that cannot see God. As we live in holiness, loving the Lord and loving our neighbor as ourself, our nation will change one heart at a time. This was the nature of the historical revivals that transformed nations. Almost a million babies were aborted last year. It’s time for the church to humble themselves, turn from wickedness and call out to God. This is the Christian’s response to abortion.
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