Abortion in America: 44 Years On

January 22, 2017, marked the 44th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision.

While abortion advocacy groups will be celebrating this wickedness, those of us who embrace the truth about abortion will be mourning the loss of countless millions of precious lives. Because of that fateful day, millions of America’s sons and daughters will never see the light of day.

Those of us who escaped the abortionist’s knife have a unique, God-given opportunity to speak out on behalf of our murdered peers. Christian pro-lifers must commit to an even more tireless activism on behalf of the unborn. Driven by the strength of Biblical conviction, we must continue to love the least among us. If abortion is to ever be ended, our fellow Americans need to be exposed to the brutal aftermath of this injustice.

This means we must remain committed to pressuring our government (at the federal and state levels) to outlaw the barbaric practice. Any government that seeks to protect human life outside the womb cannot rightfully ignore the innocent human life inside the womb. Not only is this common sense, it is biblical. Romans 13 describes the God-given duty of government as the promotion of righteousness and the restriction of evil. Abortion is evil because it destroys human life. It must be stopped. In a civilized society, the strong are held responsible by God to help the weak and the government is ordained by God to protect human life, especially human life that cannot protect itself. If any civilization does not respect the obligation to protect innocent life, it doesn’t qualify as “civilized.”

Though abortion should anger Christians greatly, we must never cease to pray for those who advocate it. We must pray that they will experience a godly sorrow over their sin. Godly sorrow produces the repentance necessary for salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10). Godly sorrow was necessary for your salvation, and it will be necessary for theirs. Our prayer should not be a type of high-minded Pharisaical prayer (e.g., “Thank you God that I’m not a murderer”), but should be a prayer informed by intense awareness of our own sin.

For that matter, the Christian’s faithful opposition to sinful behavior in the culture is borne out of a realization of his or her own sinful nature. While faithfully and boldly opposing the murder of innocents, Biblical Christians are acutely aware of the depravity out of which Christ saved them. They understand I Corinthians 6:9-10 as a sobering passage wherein all manner of wrongdoing is condemned, including that of murder. But Christians seeking to live in humility will remember Jesus’ condemnation of hatred for our neighbor as tantamount to murder, something of which we have all been guilty.

As we minister to those women who have had abortions, we can offer the solid hope of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We can echo the Apostle Paul, who wrote a letter to encourage some of his readers who had come from a sordid past, “…and such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11, NKJV).

This is a truly exquisite paradox. Biblical Christians live in the beauty of God’s forgiveness for the very sins they must now faithfully oppose. We do not stand against sin merely because we are right, but also because we are rescued.

Abortion can and must be stopped. Work without ceasing. Pray without ceasing. Rest in God’s sovereignty.

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