In recent months the act of abortion has been on the forefront of our countries minds. After a series of graphic, frightening and flat out abominable videos have surfaced concerning Planned Parenthood, our nation’s capital called forth for the organization to testify at Capitol Hill. For the first time in my lifetime, we may very well see a significant strike against this barbaric practice. Of course, we will still have a long ways to go to complete remove the legality of this practice, but if it so happens that government funded abortions are removed, I might just sleep a little better at night. Sadly, that gap between legal and illegal will not be closed by these horrendous videos. The collective conscience of our nation has already been seared. As Paul talks about in Eph. 4:18, they have already darkened their understanding. They have already convinced themselves that abortion is not that big of a deal. Until we shed the light of God’s word upon the hearts of those that commit genocide on an entire generation of children, we will never see this atrocious practice stopped.
To be honest I hate the very word abortion. Not just because of what it entails. I hate the word abortion because of how the world defines it. Webster’s defines it as, “The termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus.” A simpler definition Webster’s offers is, “An induced expulsion of a human fetus.” Webster’s defines a fetus as “an unborn or unhatched vertebrate esp. after attaining the basic structural plan of its kind: a developing human from usually two months after conception.” I want you to notice that baby is never used in any of these definitions. They even stop short of calling the “fetus” human. It is a developing human, implying that it is not quite human yet. The reason why baby is not used is actually the central issue of the abortion issue. If the unborn is a person, then it is murder. It the unborn is nothing more than a tissue, that it can be removed just like an appendix can be removed. This is the very area we need to shine the light of God’s word. We need to enlighten those that have long believed this is just about woman’s health.
The unborn child is the work of God. “For you formed my inward part; you covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my souls knows very well (Psa. 139:13-14).” As I read these words, David does not consider himself any less that God’s handiwork. Would you take a Van Gogh and throw it into the trash? Would you take a Rembrandt and cut it into pieces? Would you take a Da Vinci and let your children mangle it? Of course not. Those are masters of their craft and we wouldn’t want to see their works destroyed. Likewise, the human is God’s masterpiece. We are the pinnacle of his creation. Why then would we discard such beautifully crafted masterpieces?
But, more than that, the bible does not differentiate between the unborn and the born. The same Greek word used for an unborn baby in the womb (Luke 1:41, 44) is the same Greek word used for infants and children out of the womb (Luke 2:12, 16; 18:15; Acts 7:19). I used these specific examples because Luke was a physician. A doctor saw no differences between the two; whether in the womb or out of the womb was irrelevant. They both were considered children, babes, and persons.
Finally, the unborn were afforded the same rights as the born. “If men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she gives birth prematurely, yet there is no injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman’s husband may demand of him, and he shall pay as the judges decide. “But if there is any further injury, you shall appoint as a penalty life for life (Ex. 21:22-23).” If the accidental death of an unborn child is punishable by death, what does that say about the intentional death of an unborn child?
Our nation is guilty of shedding the innocent blood of the unborn at the rate of 1 every 24 seconds. More than 3,700 every day. And more than 50 million since 1973. Abortions will kill more children in a single year than all the wars we have fought in America combined. Perhaps it is time we stopped asking our politicians to do something about it, and we take matters into our own hands and spread the truth, expose the lie and save some lives. -WTK
Grinnell church of Christ
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Volume 6 Issue 42