I’ve been silent on the recent changes in our country regarding abortion laws because honestly, I’m still processing. It’s difficult for me to summon words for such a complicated, emotional, divisive issue.
But here’s some things I know to be true already, regardless of my feelings, opinions, ideas, and reactions:
God values human life, which he created in his image (Gen. 1:26-27). All life. All ages, ethnicities, genders, and levels of cognitive or physical development, equally. And human life begins, without a shadow of a doubt, on the authority of God’s Word, at the moment of conception. Not implantation, not at the first heartbeat, not at a certain number of weeks gestation, and not at the first breath outside of the womb. It begins at conception (Ps. 139:13-16; Jer. 1:5; Gal. 1:15; Luke 1:41, 44).
We are image bearers, but we are also sinners. Evil is real, and we are easily influenced by it. We are lost without the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t get it twisted. Our battle is not against a certain political affiliation, lawmakers, Planned Parenthood, or mothers who face the temptation of abortion for whatever reason. Our battle is against the deceiver, the liar (Eph. 6:12).
Make no mistake about it, his goal isn’t just to “lead you astray” with worldly pleasures. He wants to
and your family.
He wants to completely wreck you.
He is not your friend.
And sin isn’t either, even though it will act like it at first.
Sin will tell you, “it’s your body, your choice.”
Sin will tell you, “your future is more important than raising this child.”
Sin will tell you, “you can forget this ever happened. It will be over soon.”
Sin will NOT tell you, “this is going to be more painful than you have imagined.”
Sin will NOT tell you, “God cares about you. And your baby.”
Sin will NOT tell you, “He will provide for your needs, even if you can’t figure out how to get through this.”
Christ-followers, stop complaining about abortion unless you’re willing to do something about it. We have to STEP IT UP. It’s not enough to sit on our high horses and look down with judgement on what’s happening in our nation. Yes, mourn, because this is an incomprehensible horror. Pray, because only God can open the eyes of the spiritually blind. But faith without works is dead, useless (James 2:20). So get up and DO something. Walk alongside a pregnant mom who is facing this decision because she doesn’t see any other way to get through this. Volunteer to help at a local organization that supports women with unplanned pregnancies. Actually get to know people and find out why they are hurting. Become a foster parent, or help foster parents through respite care. Adopt one of the many children out of the social services system so that your grand thought of “why don’t they just give the baby up for adoption?” actually sounds like a freaking realistic possiblity! Share the hope of Christ with people in your community.
When it comes to the political stuff and the policy making, I don’t have all the answers. But what I do know is that Jesus is for the orphan, the outcast, the underprivileged, the endangered, the ones not cared for, the enslaved, the sick, the weak, the hurting. And He is for the children. He is for life. He is for us.
So if we dare to let His glorious name come from our lips, we’d better stand unashamedly for what He stands for.
That means more than holding signs in protest and sharing empty words on social media. It means loving our neighbor, pouring our lives out as an offering to Him, even if it means leaving the comfortable, well manicured lives we’ve worked so hard to create.
Our world is broken. That’s not new information. And it hurts, bad. But there IS the hope of eternity with Jesus. He will return, and He will right every wrong. He will obliterate every evil, judging the evildoers. I am one of them, and so are you. So make no mistake about it, the question ultimately comes down to this: are you covered by the blood of Christ, or not?