This past Sunday, January 20th, 2019, was Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, a subject near and dear to my heart. The short article, if you may, that is on the back of the Lifeway emphasis bulletin for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday referenced Iceland’s screening for and systematic abortions of unborn children that test positive for Down Syndrome. Iceland’s practice is horrible and grotesque. And murder. Plain and simple. We see in the Sixth Commandment, “You shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:13, ESV). And yet, Iceland does it because they don’t like people with Down Syndrome. Do they not know that people with Down Syndrome can live long, normal, fruitful lives? Do they not know they are intelligent, loving, caring people with much to contribute of their own? If they do know this, they must not care.
And I thought Iceland was abhorrent.
Fast forward to today, January 23rd, 2019. Seventeen years ago, my older sister Kristen passed away. One month ago, I officially became pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Wellsville, MO. But today, January 23rd, 2019, the state of New York signed into law a late-term abortion bill ALLOWING abortions up until birth. Wait. What? Abortions of full-term babies? Yes. I don’t have the words to express my disgust. Seeing the photos on the news, flowing through social media, of politicians smiling and clapping as the bill was signed into law. Anger. Frustration. Disgust. Anguish. It is something that I cannot comprehend.
Why would someone condone such a thing? Such a horror? Comfort. These children in New York, along with scores of millions of other babies in the past forty-six years, are all just being sacrificed on the altars of comfort and selfishness. People don’t want babies for the primary reason of not wanting to be bothered with a child. They don’t want their lives disrupted by their inability to just not have sex. While supporters will say it’s a healthcare issue, in case there is some dire medical reason that the abortion needs to be performed for (and is still murder and without excuse), this law will inevitably be used by women who decided, or are pressured into, having late-term abortions because they just aren’t ready yet. Well, let me tell you something, honestly, no one is “ready” to have a baby.
There are so many options available to those seeking to have abortions, regardless of the reason. The biggest option is adoption, as there are so many people who are wanting children but cannot have them for some reason, and therefore turn to adoption. A dear friend of mine and former pastor is one of those people. Just like God loves His children who by nature are born as sinners (Psalm 51:5), adoptive parents model the Gospel and salvation by choosing to love a child and bringing them into their lives long before ever meeting that child or knowing anything about that child. Just like God chose His children before the foundations of the world (Ephesians 1:4-6), adoptive parents choose to love a child they have not even met yet, or know exists (or will exist).
My hope and prayer is that this law is somehow challenged, though in the liberal landscape that is America, I don’t know how. Christians must rise up, be intentional, and call their representatives, both state and federal, and make their voices heard regarding the senseless murder of unborn children. But, most of all, Christians must pray, for the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16).
So, if you are considering having an abortion, consider the alternatives. Adoption. Or, even raising the baby yourself. There are many resources and places to get help from who can give wide varieties of direction regarding this issue.
What about those who have had abortions? They have partaken in murder. I don’t know the reason behind them, but statistically speaking, they have sacrificed a child to the altars of comfort and selfishness. However, there is forgiveness and healing and comfort that can only be found in the grace of Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. While the psychological after effects of an abortion may never leave a person, one can find comfort and hope again in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let me leave you with this Scripture:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.” (2 Corinthians 1:3–5, ESV)