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Abortion and the Christian Response

Dave Coyle

The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7): this is Jesus’s only recorded sermon in all of Scripture. Within the context of the passage, consider Christ’s targeted audience, the Twelve. Although the message was beneficial to anyone within earshot, it was addressed specifically to His disciples. Therefore, if you identify as a follower of Christ, this teaching applies to you.

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16)

There are two dynamic messages Jesus communicates in the text above. First, there is no such thing as a secret disciple (5:16). But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven (Matthew 10:33). Second, His Church has been entrusted with plan A (5:13-14); there is no back up plan. It’s either Christ or chaos. The Church must be “salt and light” by speaking prophetically into a culture that has normalized child sacrifice. Let’s take a moment to examine a Biblical approach to combatting this holocaust.

Murder is the unjust taking of an innocent human life. It isn’t wrong because it is bloody, painful, or even because it ceases a beating heart. It is wicked because to assault an image bearer (human being) is to directly assault God Himself (Genesis 1:26-27; Matthew 5:21-22). To warrant murder and acquit the guilty is detestable to the Lord (Proverbs 17:15; Romans 1:32; Psalm 94:20). Government receives its authority from God alone, period. God grants them this authority with the intent of upholding His commands and laws (Romans 13:1-4), NOT to deny justice and protect the unrighteous (Jeremiah 22:3; Deuteronomy 1:17).

Beginning with an appropriate foundation of Truth (John 17:17), Christians are called to submit to Christ, the Word of God, and walk in His will. A simple way to put it: God knows best, and we are to obey His commands. God has spoken on how to approach underhanded practices: renounce it (2 Corinthians 4:2)! We are also called to rescue those who are being led to the slaughter (Proverbs 24:11). God doesn’t say pray for them. He doesn’t say donate large sums of money, and He certainly didn’t say regulate their extermination. God calls His people to rescue, to interpose on their behalf. To be apathetic is to directly disobey the commandment of loving thy neighbor (Matthew 22:39) and assault the very image of God.

So, what do we do with this information? I begin by reminding all believers that we are to obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29). Abortion ends an innocent human life; therefore, it is murder. Righteous justice, as defined by God, demands that we protect the innocent, punish the wicked, AND SHOW NO PARTIALITY. With all this information in mind, Christians must seek to align themselves with the position that submits to God’s decrees. The pro-life industry believes that abortion is wrong and needs to end; however, they advocate for immunity for mothers who willingly choose to terminate the life they are carrying in their womb. Pro-life organizations stand behind the premise that both mother and baby are victims. This isn’t speculation or slander. Simply investigate the beliefs of leading pro-life organizations such as Students for Life of America, March for Life, or National Right to Life. Brothers and sisters, does this view align with what Scripture clearly teaches? More importantly, this lie diverts the mother’s attention away from the gospel of Jesus Christ. If she’s a victim, why would she need forgiveness for this particular sin? Do you see how devastating this lie can be and why Truth matters? Only the abolitionist position aligns with God’s standards and loves women enough to bring them to the cross of Christ.

In America, January is viewed as a special month to come together and support life. Many pulpits will share pro-life messages, and many organizations will double down on their efforts to promote the sanctity of life. There will even be a day where tens of thousands descend on the Nation’s Capitol in an attempt to be the voice for the pre-born. Although these efforts may be noble, the sad reality is the results of such efforts cannot be ignored: approximately sixty-five million dead children. For almost fifty years, we’ve looked to governmental institutions to fix the abortion issue when the solution to this epidemic has always been the gospel. Church, we are called to be “salt and light” and stand boldly for Christ in all areas. He is King of kings, and Lord of lords. Let us repent of our sin of apathy and partiality, commit to the righteous cause of abolition, and fight for the lives of our pre-born neighbors.

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