For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them. – Psalm 139: 13-16
From the church’s founding in the first century, it has been a recognized truth that abortion – the elimination/murder of an innocent life from the womb – is a sin, in violation of the Law of God (“You shall not murder” – Exodus 20:13). Christians have been in the forefront in being the conscience as well as those of vision and compassion about both the evil of killing the unborn, as well as supporting and encouraging parents who have unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. Because of this belief, I really do not have much patience with those who would deny history and facts, or would ignore the truth: Abortion murders a human life. One can be an ostrich with it”s head in the sand, but it will not make this truth go away. Those who perpetuate abortions by performing them, supporting them, or by supporting and voting for politicians who vote and support them will ultimately have to stand before God with blood on their hands. Hitler will stand for the deaths he perpetuated during World War II, including the Holocaust. America will stand for 40,000,000 million dead with as many of those disposed by collateral damage, a drop in the bucket in comparison to Hitler’s crimes.
Believers and churches should be on the forefront of being a moral and spiritual change agent on the cutting edge against cultural sin, willing and able to give a prophetic word as well as a words and actions of hope, grace and peace. “The Son came not into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” While the church and believers should share the truth concerning the moral ineptitude of abortion’s enablers and perpetrators, the scourge of abortion, and the horrifying consequences to its victims (both the perpetrators and their victims), the church must also be willing to offer grace and compassion to sinners despite their sin.
My current pastorate has encouraged believers to support life through their rights as citizens in a democracy to “speak to the government” as well as enabling the church and individual believers to align with other groups or organizations to help those seeking support (within clear Biblical parameters). As a church through our mission dollars we support established local organizations of fellow believers who are working with those who are being challenged by the temptation of abortion so that these dear folks can consider the choice of life both for themselves and their unborn child. Not only do we do this as a church, I have several members involved directly in these local organizations. As a church we support the ministry of “There-Is-Hope” – a maternity home in Sedalia who supports women in need of shelter during unplanned pregnancies. We as a church also support “Birthright” – a national pro-life organization that lends aid to women and others seeking information as an “abortion alternative.”
It is not enough to condemn abortion and to seek its change through political means. The church must be about doing our Father’s business in the “here and now” in service and ministry to others. Our main understanding should be this: the unredeemed cannot help but make a sinful choice. The Body of Christ is in the business of finding those who are lost in a hopeless and dying world and sharing with them the hope and truth that lies in Jesus.