Matthew 25:35 (NKJV) for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
A month or so ago, I entered into a debate with my best friend over the validity of a post he had sent me to read. While I do not recall the title of the article, I do remember the first six words, …”You can’t be a Christian if…” I contended that while the statement itself may have been well intended; there was a better and more loving way to say it. A way that would lead people to faith not slam the door on their hands. Since then, I have come to understand that there are certain truths that cannot be sugar-coated, truth that must be laid out for people to accept or reject. These are foundational precepts and as such, are non negotiable.
One of these truths is a Christian’s belief in the sanctity of human life. God gives life and only God has the authority to take it away. Please don’t misunderstand, I am in no way speaking of police officers or military personnel; those who are called to protect and serve. Nor am I speaking of the man or women who is protecting his or her family. No, I am speaking of the willful act of murder specifically as it applies to abortion.
The abortion debate is the most divisive issues facing Christians today. However, for those that follow Jesus, the decision should be clear; choose life. To the secular , non believing world, It is cliche’, it’s a bumper sticker, it’s the punchline at the end of an argument but to the believer in Jesus it is truth. When we make the decision to follow Jesus, we choose life. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. God gives life to all who call on the name of Jesus, therefore, if God is the giver of life, then He is the only one that can extinguish it.
Further, It is God that places us in the womb. We are His creation. Although science has created impressive sounding names for babies in utero: zygote, fetal tissue, and fetus just to name a few; the life in the mother’s womb is a human life it is a baby. When we refer to it as anything less than that we desensitize ourselves to that truth. Jeremiah 1:5 “Before formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Before babies are born to their earthly parents, they are known by the Father, they are sanctified (set apart) by Him for a purpose; not our purpose but His and His alone.
Human life is precious in the eyes of God. It is precious enough that He sent his son, God in human flesh, to die a horrible death on a Roman cross. Why? Jesus tells us Himself: John 3:16 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. It was not the steel spikes that were driven through the hands and feet of our Lord that hung Him on the cross at Calvary. It was not Pilate, nor Caiaphas, or the enraged crowds that put Him to death; it was love, His love for us , for you and me, for the whole of humanity, for God’s children that put Him on the cross so He could pay the penalty that was ours to bear.
God gave everything for us. The God of the universe sacrificed His Son for the lives of all humanity. That being the case, who are we to hold life in any less esteem? There is no debate, it is not about a woman’s right to choose but the choice of God, it is not about when life begins; humans don’t get to make that decision. God placed us in the womb not man. In the final analysis, shouldn’t we hold human life in the same regard as Jesus did? He laid down His life for us when we didn’t deserve it. Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Luke 12:48….to whom much is given from him much will be required.
Have you been touched by abortion? Was this a difficult post to read? Did you shed some tears? if you did, there is good news. Jesus died for the sins of the entire world; the sins that were committed yesterday, today and tomorrow. Ask for forgiveness and repent and God will hear you. As for the unborn children that fall victim to abortion, they are in the arms of the father. Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.
No matter the circumstance, the child growing inside the womb of its mother is an innocent creation that God placed there. Christians must speak for those who cannot speak, defend the defenseless, and provide help to the helpless. We be called to account for all that we have done and said in this life. The big question will be, what did we do about Jesus? Did we accept Him as our Lord and Savior and tend to His sheep? I want the answer to be a resounding yes. Speak God’s truth, trust Him when you’re not sure how it will come out. If we do not speak for the innocent no one will.
For those who would say, “I’ll pray and stay out of it. I’ve got too much to lose.” I say only that I am glad Jesus did not take that stance with us. Dietrich Bonhoeffer put it best:
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Grace & Peace,
*If you would like to know more about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, email me at savedIIserve@gmail.com and let me know! I will be happy to lead you through what the bible says about salvation and accepting Jesus Christ as your savior.*