Save The Children
On January 22, 1973, the US Supreme Court handed down its decision in Roe v. Wade and legalized abortion. Since that day, more than 60 million babies have been killed in the womb under the legal protection of the federal government. Imagine the entire population of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida gone, completely wiped out. That is what has been done in this country and continues to happen every single day at the astonishing rate of 2,500 abortions per day.
On January 22, 1973, my sister Mariska was born. I was only 3 years old, but I am told that I was incredibly proud and happy with my baby sister. One of my favorite black and white childhood pictures is me standing by my sister’s crib, hands on my back, amazed at that little wonder, my sister. On January 22, 1973, life and death met.
Abortion interrupts God's creative work in the womb.
The God of the Bible tells us that human life is sacred, regardless of skin color, economic status, physical ability, mental capacity or stage of life. Abortion interrupts God’s creative work in the womb. Almighty God fashions that baby. He is at work in the womb (Ps. 139:13-15; Job 10:8-12). No human has the right to interrupt His handiwork.
Human life is sacred because it is rooted in creation. Every human being is made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27). Human life is sacred because God willed each person conceived to life. Yes, a sperm cell penetrated an egg, but God reigns sovereignly over the laws of nature. Conception is no coincidence (Is. 49:1; Jer. 1:5). Because human life is sacred, mothers shouldn’t abort their children and fathers shouldn’t abandon their children.
Jesus loved children. Parents were eager to bring their infants and children to the Master so “that he might touch them” (Mk. 10:13-15; Lk. 18:15-17). The word Luke uses for infant can refer to both the born and unborn baby (see Lk. 1:44). When the disciples tried to hinder the children to come to him, Jesus became angry. To Jesus, every child is a gift to be treasured, not an obstacle to be removed. In Matthew 18:6 Jesus gives a stern warning to those who do anyway, to those who harm, abuse, neglect or hurt children.
Children are precious in God’s eyes (Ps. 127:3), but not in our culture. We have sunk so low as a society that some compare pregnancy to an unwanted disease and abortion to a remedy for sickness.
God's grace is greater than all our sin. Bottomless mercy is available to the repentant sinner.
Abortion is one of the many ways in which we stand guilty before a holy God. But abortion is not the unpardonable sin. God’s grace is greater than all our sin. Bottomless mercy is available to the repentant sinner (Rom. 8:1). As we raise the banner of the sanctity of all human life, we must also proclaim that God extends his offer of grace to those who have encouraged or participated in abortion.
God calls us to not only be anti-abortion but also pro-life. We should align ourselves with Jesus’ mission to save the children. To speak up and to speak clearly about the sanctity of human life, respectably and winsomely. To urge our leaders to protect the unborn. To help create a culture of life where we communicate in words and deeds that every child is God’s gift to this world. And most of all, that God created each one of them to know, love and obey him through Jesus, his Son.
While we wait for the day when God’s justice will reign and the slaying of children in the womb will be no more, let’s save the children.