Abortion and God's Love
On January 17th, 2010 I joined with a group of my friends in driving to Houston, TX to meet up with 14 thousand other Christians in prayer that God would end legalized abortion-on-demand and send a revival of Christian faith to America. Some of you may take issue with me in my stance on this issue and that I believe the vast majority of abortions to be murder and an invitation for God’s wrath on America.
I do not blame any of you for any disagreement you may have with my stance on this issue, or the fact that I believe it is necessary for all Christians to stand with one voice and declare that we will never agree with a governmental or cultural position that is accepting of now nearly 55 million abortions since 1973. I am writing this to share two things. One, my heart on the issue, and two, God’s heart on the issue.
*First, I believe that whenever possible, God takes a stand for life. Jesus Himself said that He is “the way, the truth and the life,” that He came so that we would all have access to “abundant life,” and that He desires that none would die and go to hell but that all would receive, “eternal life.” God loves new life, and He even calls children “gifts,” though our culture has categorized all children as little more than cute leaches that burden society. Large families are generally judged as somehow backwards, of a lower class, lower intelligence level, or a general drain on society. Yet God expresses great pleasure in large families, and the great promise from God to Abraham that all Jews, Muslims and Christians love to remember is that God would make his descendants as numerous as the stars and the sand on the seashore.
We are told these wonderful things about God’s view of life, yet the Bible also makes clear that we are all more concerned with having things our own way than doing things God’s way. We would often rather kill ourselves than submit to His good instructions. We choose evil firstly because it means we don’t have to obey God, and secondly because we love evil - especially when we can do something that looks good but actually serves the purposes of evil. (If you don't agree with this perspective, I suggest taking a look at Romans chapters 1 and 3. It was God's perspective long before it became my own.)
A short review of the goodness of God’s instructions in the Ten Commandments shows us just how evil we are. We are told not to lie, steal, lust (equivalent to adultery), covet, dishonor our parents, hate our brothers and sisters (equivalent to murder), use God’s name irreverently, etc. Yet all of us are guilty of breaking at least one of these good commands. We deserve to be judged by a perfectly good God for the evil we have done against Him and our fellow human beings, yet God gave His Son to take the punishment we deserved on the cross. That’s what the book of 1 John chapter 4, verse 10 means when it says,
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
Because Jesus did this, all that God requires of us to be saved from the just punishment we deserve is that we trust that Jesus, the perfect and sinless Messiah long promised to the Jews, came and bore that punishment on Himself when He was crucified 2000 years ago; that He died, was buried and came back to life on the third day after his death. If we recognize Him not only as our Savior through this act, but also as the King of our lives because He is God, turning from living the way we used to live and placing our trust in Him to lead our lives, He will transform us from the inside out, giving us new, good desires, forgiving us for all we have done and cleansing us from not only the shame of what we have done, but also the shame of what others have done to us. There is so much more I could say about this, but now seems a good time to move on. If you want to discuss this more with me, please send me an E-mail.
*Second, since God changed my life over 11 years ago when I put my trust in Jesus as my Savior and King, I became acutely aware of the presence of evil in this world as I never had before. It makes sense that once a person is confronted with pure love and perfect goodness that they would begin to see more clearly just how bad things are apart from God.
I eventually found out that my own father had wanted me to be aborted. I began to hear one abortion story after another from various women. These stories showed me that abortion is not simply an irrelevant philosophical issue, something that is not only destroying human life, but something that is also deeply injuring many women who were pressured into getting abortions. Along with that, I started to discover racist and classist motivations in the application of abortion in America.
As a follower of Jesus, I am called to stand for God’s righteous standards. In fact, God makes it clear that if I am silent on the issues that matter to Him, I will be held to account. I believe that God, as He claimed about Himself in the Bible, is love. Since He is love and I am called to live a life saturated by His love, I take this command of Scripture quite seriously:
“Dear children, let’s stop just saying we love each other and let’s really show it by our actions.” (1 John 3:18, NLT)
Further, once I accepted that abortion is, in fact, the destruction of a human life, I was confronted by this promise from God:
“Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.” (Genesis 9:6, NKJV)
Abraham Lincoln, having seen this quote was no doubt inspired to say the following regarding the American Civil War during his second inaugural address:
“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said ‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.’”
Thus, knowing that God has promised that blood spilled unjustly requires justice to be done by God towards the people and nation that spilled blood by unjust means, I pray, speak, write, and do what I can to take a stand against this evil that more people would know of God’s goodness, love, righteousness, justice and mercy.
Since I do not desire that America would have to experience God’s wrath regarding abortion, I regularly pray this prayer:
“Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins and the sins of my nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America.”
I discovered this prayer through an organization called, Bound4LIFE, and you can read more about them, this cause and what I was a part of in Houston by visiting their website: http://bound4life.com/houston
I hope you will take up this cause of righteousness and love along with me.
Compelled by Christ’s love,
P.S. For more information on the morality of abortion, take a look at the documentary film 180 Movie at 180movie.com
This film shows what happens when real people like you and me take a reasonable, logical look at the arguments made for why abortion should be available on demand. It does this through using the comparative tools of history and logic.