I’ve always known that God loves us, especially innocent children. But when I became pregnant with Gordon last year, I became more aware of this than ever. Every day, I felt God’s love and care for my little baby. I came to realize that as much as I loved my son, God loved him even more!
Unfortunately, the Enemy is no fool. He knows that every life has the potential to glorify God and impact the world in His name. That’s why the Enemy wants to destroy lives as early as possible. Abortion is a very efficient way of accomplishing that goal because it ends the life of the baby and often ruins the lives of the parents.
Recently, legislators here in the US have made headlines with bills that would permit abortions up to the moment of the baby’s birth. Virginia’s governor even indicated that a baby’s life could be taken after birth! This is the sickest, most shameful thing I have ever heard, but it’s not really surprising. In fact, it’s quite logical. If it’s okay to abort babies at 6 weeks, why not 36 weeks? And if we permit babies to be aborted in utero, why not after birth? It’s the mother’s decision after all, right? Or so the Enemy would have us to believe.
But, as Christians, what should we believe? As with all things, let us start with this question: “What does the Bible say?”
Children are a blessing
Children were always part of God’s perfect plan.
“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it….’” (Genesis 1:27-28 NAS).
Throughout the Bible, children are referred to as the “fruit of the womb” because they were considered treasures from God.
“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them…” (Psalm 127:3-5a NAS).
Only in the past few decades have we considered children liabilities instead of assets. [Tweet This.]
Children are Spiritually Aware
The world uses the term “fetus” to differentiate between an unborn baby and one who’s been delivered. The unborn is depicted as an unfeeling, unthinking mass of tissue that only becomes a “baby” upon birth.
However, the Bible indicates that each person is comprised of a body, soul, and spirit. Even while a baby’s body is still forming, his spirit is alive and able to communicate with God.
God told Jeremiah,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5 NAS).
An angel told Zacharias that his barren wife Elizabeth would bear a son (who would become John the Baptist).
“For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb” (Luke 1:15 NAS).
Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth when they were both pregnant, and Elizabeth’s baby responded to the presence of the Lord. Elizabeth said,
“For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy” (Luke 1:44 NAS).
Later, the apostle Paul told the church in Galatia that God,
“…had set [him] apart even from [his] mother’s womb….” (Galatians 1:15 NAS).
Clearly, our spiritual development begins before birth and is independent of our cognitive and physical development. [Tweet This]
Child Sacrifice is Idolatry
You won’t find the term “abortion” in the Bible. However, you will find many references in the Old Testament to child sacrifices, especially requiring a child to pass through fire in an effort to appease a god. This blood sacrifice was the deepest form of idolatry. And what is abortion, really, but the sacrifice of a baby to the god of Self? [Tweet This]
When God called the Jews out of Egypt and set them apart from the world, He commanded them to abolish such evil acts and to conquer many of the groups that performed them.
“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire… For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you” (Deuteronomy 18:10a, 12 NAS).
Unfortunately, the Jews continued to be influenced by those around them.
“They built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it entered My mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin” (Jeremiah 32:35 NAS).
Many years ago, the Holy Spirit showed me what He feels about abortion. I think it’s time to share that experience. Click the following video to hear more.
Children Belong to God
In the Book of Ezekiel, God makes it clear who is actually being sacrificed.
“You slaughtered My children and offered them up to idols by causing them to pass through the fire” (Ezekiel 16:21 NAS).
“For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. Thus they have committed adultery with their idols and even caused their sons, whom they bore to Me, to pass through the fire to them as food” (Ezekiel 23:37 NAS).
The truth is that our children are not our own; they belong to the God who created them. [Tweet This]
Sin Separates us from God
Like all sin, child sacrifice (including abortion) separates us from God.
“’When you offer your gifts, when you cause your sons to pass through the fire, you are defiling yourselves with all your idols to this day. And shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live,’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘I will not be inquired of by you’” (Ezekiel 20:31 NAS).
A nation that serves idols cannot also expect to call on the living God. [Tweet This]
God is the Answer
Regardless of what you hear in the media, abortion is not a debate. It’s not about politics. It’s not about healthcare. It’s not even about women’s rights. Abortion is about ending a life.
While I personally support life-saving legislation, I don’t think the answer will be found in our legal system. The answer is, and always has been, found in God. We as a Church have to create an environment where families are supported and babies are welcomed. Only then will new parents want to choose life for their babies. [Tweet This]
This may seem like a tall order, but there’s something really simple that each of us can do: we can support our local pregnancy crisis centers. It’s there that women find the help they need on a daily basis.
This year, I’m taking a stand—actually, I’m taking a walk. On Saturday, March 9, I’m participating in the Walk for Life to benefit A Women’s Pregnancy Center here in Tallahassee. The money raised will allow them to continue providing free pregnancy tests and other resources to help expectant mothers in my area. They’ll also make sure each new mom knows just how much God loves her and her baby.
Will you stand with me? Will you help save babies and bless families by donating $10 or more to A Women’s Pregnancy Center? I’ve set up a website here where you can donate securely: http://www.fundeasy.com/m/4264980/.
“Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:14a NAS, Jesus speaking).
We are so fortunate to serve a God who is merciful! If you’ve had an abortion, please know that God loves you and wants to heal your heart. Don’t go through this alone. Seek out counseling resources through your local church or pregnancy crisis center.
If you’re pregnant and in need of more resources than your local crisis center can offer, check out such groups as Lifecall. Their site, www.lifecall.org, states they even provide shelter for expectant moms who have nowhere to go.
There are resources available! There is hope.
Thank you for your heart on this, Ashley. I agree with you: abortion is child sacrifice; and as a nation, we have much blood on our hands.
I think that most churches support families and welcome babies, but many churches fail to affirm that the hard, dedicated work of raising children is something to value and prioritize. Careers, “self-fulfillment,” and immoral sexual license are higher values.
Tami, you hit the nail on the head! We certainly need to reaffirm the value of raising children! Thank you for your heart on this and your warm comment.
Thank you for sharing your encounter with the Holy Spirit with us. I am only thirteen and writing a persuasive essay on how abortion is so heart-breaking. This truly helped me see how God, sees it. God Bless!
Angelina, thank you for your kind words! That’s wonderful that you’re choosing this topic for your essay. I wrote on abortion several times throughout my school years, and I always found it to be powerful and rewarding to expose abortion for what it really is. Another aspect you may want to address is its origin here in the US. Research Margaret Sanger and her role in the eugenics movement and how that led her to open Planned Parenthood in minority communities. It really is a dark story in our American history. Best of luck on your essay! God bless you!