This morning I watched a bit of the confirmation hearing for Judge Kavanaugh while he was being questioned about Senator Feinstein. He was being questioned specifically about the Roe v. Wade case which legalized abortion in the United States. The senator stated that millions of women had died through the process of illegal, back door, black market abortions because, before the Roe v. Wade case, abortion was illegal. The illegality of abortions meant dirty, unsanitary, unregulated conditions that women were exposed to. Then she said something that really struck me. She was pressing Judge Kavanaugh wanting to ensure that he would not overturn Roe v. Wade because she did not want to see the death tolls of women seeking illegal and unsanitary abortions. All I could think was what about the death toll of all the babies. There have been an estimated 60,000,000 babies aborted since Roe vs. Wade in 1973.
I know that many Christians are hoping this decision will be overturned making abortion illegal again. But we also know that reversing this decision will not stop abortions any more than Prohibition stopped alcohol in the 20’s and 30’s. On the contrary, the alcohol kept flowing and it gave rise to the black market and organized crime in America. If we know that women will continue to seek out abortions even if they are made illegal, and if we know that those places for abortion will not be regulated in any way leaving room for unsanitary and deadly conditions, why would it be good that the Roe v. Wade decision be overturned? Would it be a good thing?
To answer this question as Christians, we must understand how God sees legal abortion. The Bible does not teach that life begins AT conception. The Bible teaches that life begins BEFORE conception. Consider this passage:
“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)
This is the Lord speaking to the prophet Jeremiah saying that He knew Him before He formed him in the womb. Though the Lord is speaking to Jeremiah, Jeremiah was a man created like every other human being. Every human life is filled with the breath of God. It is the breath of God that gives us life.
In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind. (NIV)
But the breath of God is not of this world because God, the Father is Spirit, not flesh (John 4:24). The physical body we receive in the womb is formed after we have been created. We are spiritual beings with a physical body. He created us, then placed us in the womb to receive our physical body. Birth of the physical body does not indicate the beginning of existence. It is only the beginning of our physical bodies according to Jeremiah. It is for this reason that we believe that aborted babies still go to Heaven. Isaiah 7:15-16 gives us an indication of what theologians call the ‘age of accountability’ meaning that until a child is old enough to understand right from wrong, God’s mercy extends to them for eternal life. This includes the unborn and aborted. We praise the Lord for this. Nevertheless, from a Biblical standpoint, there is no controversy on when life begins. The passage in Jeremiah tells us that life begins before conception so there should be no doubt that abortion is wrong in the eyes of the Lord.
But we know that making abortion illegal will not stop abortions. From history, we know that many women would also die from the unregulated conditions of black market abortion clinics. So again, why should Christians want Roe v. Wade overturned?
The reason that Christians should want this law overturned goes beyond when a baby is actually considered a baby. To fully understand why, as Christians who accept the Bible as the Word of God, we should want this law overturned, we need to understand how God looks at nations and governments. When I sin, that is on me. But when a nation sins, there are consequences from the Lord for the whole nation.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; (KJV)
For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish;
it will be utterly ruined. (NIV)
he wicked go down to the realm of the dead,
all the nations that forget God. (NIV)
But how does a nation sin? To grasp this concept, we must understand the principle of submission and authority. When a person in authority sins, there are consequences for everyone under their authority. It is not that a child is guilty before God for the sins of his father. But the sins of his father have a direct consequence on the children. If a father is a drunk, a child does not pass by without affect, neither would the man’s wife. A couple of years ago, I signed with a Christian publisher for my books. It was called Tate Publishing located in Oklahoma. Well, I noticed things began to change and then it became clear that the company was going under because the president of the company was embezzling the money. (Here is a youtube video of the AG of Oklahoma : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYFyNY6GobY). The point is that every one of their 200 employees and thousands of authors and musicians including myself were directly affected by the president of the company. So what happens when a king makes a decision, or a president? The Lord judges a nation based on the decisions of the leadership. Our elected leaders are human, not perfect. They will all do good and bad at times. But when a nation justifies or legalizes something that God hates, the nation has sinned and the Lord will judge the nation.
Wouldn’t we all agree that the legal practice of slavery in the early history of our nation has affected our nation even to this very day. Besides the horrors endured by slaves; besides the Civil War which killed more Americans than any other war, besides the lynching’s, hangings, beatings, and the KKK that were commonplace up through the 60’s, it is still the root of racial tension in America today. When presidents decide to go to war, it effects the nation. When congress made alcohol illegal and then legalized it, the whole nation was affected. The decision of national leaders effect the whole nation. And when national leaders sin, it affects the whole nation. But this may be even more true when national leaders establish a law that goes against the Word of God. And the Bible teaches the Lord will hold that nation accountable which is why we should hope for this law to be changed. I know it will not stop abortion, but at least, it will reduce the sin of our nation.
Judge Kavanaugh is a Constitutionalist, which I like, believes that precedent should be followed, and he cited another case, Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, that supported Roe v. Wade, as "precedent on top of precedent." For Christians who hoped that this judge would be the beginning of overturning Roe v Wade, it does not look good. At the same time, I am not in favor of judges ruling according to their personal agenda. This would give too much control over the entire nation to a very small group of people.
I am praying that America does make abortion illegal again, and I am praying that the church will do its part to reach out to women who might otherwise seek an abortion. Many women find themselves with child through horrific circumstances such as rape and abuse. The church should be there to counsel, not to judge. Even now with legal abortions, the church should show love to women who obtain abortions, not hate. The church should comfort for the pain, healing for the soul, hope for the future, and options such as adoption. Christians should have as much passion about helping women who have had abortions or are considering it as they have in overturning Roe vs. Wade.
But let me finish with this thought. This law will never be overturned unless there is overwhelming public support for that. This means that it will take changed hearts and changed minds and only the Lord can do this. Not only is the Lord able to do this, but He is ready and willing to do this. But His promise to heal our nation is conditional. Here’s the condition:
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)
We do a lot of blaming and I reckon politics makes it easy. It allows us to blame those with different views for the demise of the country. I see this on both sides of the political spectrum. And I will confess that I have fallen into this trap often. But the passage in 2 Chronicles makes it clear that the direction of a nation is dependent upon the devotion of those who call themselves the people of God. It is the lukewarm heart of American Christianity that keep us from seeing the Lord heal our nation. When believers turn from wickedness and seek the Lord with all their heart on behalf of a hurting and broken people in America, healing will come to America. It will not happen overnight, but the Lord will keep His promise.
Heavenly Father, forgive our nation for justifying those things you hate. Lord, may you give wisdom to our national leaders. Help us to be cautious in personal attacks against them no matter what party they are from. Forgive our leaders for their personal sins. Forgive the church for times we have judged rather than loved. Pour your forgiveness and grace into every women who has chosen to have an abortion. Help the church seek holiness with all our heart. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for your mercy. And thank you for redeeming the unborn. -Amen.
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