Last week marked the anniversary of the well known verdict in the case of Roe v Wade. In short, this allowed the legalization of abortions in the United States in 1973 and is still a hot topic in 2014. Since then it has been an ongoing battle between those opposed to abortion labeled as “pro-life” and those for labeled as “pro-choice.” Many websites reported last week that there have been up to 55 million abortions since the infamous case. The Republican Party has taken a strong stance to oppose these deaths, while members of the Democratic Party for the most part have seen this as a privacy issue. What I want to do is put the parties aside, and I want to think about is the position of the Church if we were to overturn Roe v Wade. That would be incredible would it not? The question though is the Church ready for the implications?
First off let me state that I am 100% pro-life. As a student pastor and Christian the number that 55 million abortions represents to me is 55 million lives that have been murdered. Abortion is completely contradictory to what the Bible teaches. You can look to verses like Jeremiah 1:5, Exodus 20:13, and Psalm 139:13-16. I would also look to Psalm 51:5, which talks about the state of man at conception is sinful. Surely if we inherit sin at conception then that is a life. Logically and theologically there is no way a non-life can inherit sin. To the Sovereign God of the Bible whom I fear and love life starts at conception. This is clearly shown in the Scriptures, and this is not something I feel He takes lightly.
On the other side let me say I understand the rights and arguments of women. I respect that, and will always listen to their argument and try to listen in a way to learn. I believe in the rights and support the rights of women, that also goes for unborn women.
55 million dead is worse than any war, it is mass genocide, and it is wrong. Is ending abortion something you are passionate about because of the Biblical implications, or because it opposes the other political party? I pray is spiritual for us, and not political. Many politicians are famous for flipping their views on abortion when running for office. Let us not be like that, let us be against it because it opposes our God.
So hypothetically we end abortion in the United States, something I prayerfully hope happens. We save the next 55 million lives and that is something to rejoice over. My question to the Church is, are you prepared to bear the responsibility of those lives? Republicans are known for their stance on abortion, and also known to be the “Christian Party” (something I detest). They are also known for their stances against food stamps, welfare, and most any social program. Now I am neither Republican nor am I Democrat so I am not catering to either party. What I believe is there are people in this nation who need help, they legitimately need assistance to make it. In many (if not the overwhelming majority) instances these babies whom are being aborted are happening when the mother cannot support the child. Shame on the Church for giving the message to the mother that she feels that an abortion doctor has more answers than the church.
Are we prepared to financially carry the burden of 55 million lives? To help with their cost of living, medical expenses, and whatever else. I am not talking about handouts, I am talking about sincerely taking care of God’s creation. We can’t simply argue for their right to life, then neglect the very same thing. Are we ready to take the Gospel that has changed our lives to these next 55 million with no apology? Are we ready to say we love you so much because God has loved us that it’s not going to end for fighting that you can be born, but fighting that you can live and live well.If not Church, we will have millions hurting.
The ultimate hypocrisy is fighting for the end of abortion, but refusing to help that same child to really live because it is not our responsibility now. We are claiming that child that matters so much no longer matters. Are we prepared for that sacrifice? Are we willing to be like the Church in Acts 2? I hope so, but the question we have to each ask ourselves is if we really are ready. I love a lot of the causes and movements that the Church has started on the awareness of abortion. We are moving in the right direction, and I want us to be faithful to the finish.
Let’s continue fighting for the right of those who can’t fight for themselves, and when they arrive let us show them the love of Christ faithfully. I pray we are ready to end abortion, ready to care for other spiritually and physically, and through this the world sees Jesus in all of us. That is the Gospel, that is our mission Church. Are you ready?