A Christian Assessment of Abortion
When I was somewhat younger, all I could talk about was End-Time Issues. In fact, I was so enamored by the subject that the people around me began to become sick of hearing about the issue. Discussing subjects until people are weary of hearing it is a common problem most theologians have. We all have a tendency to latch onto an issue of particular importance to us and think that everyone should be just as obsessed with the subject as we are.
However, the subject of abortion is an issue I hope no one gets tired of hearing about. For instance, I cannot imagine being a Christian in Germany under the rule of Hitler and becoming tired of hearing about the issue of Jews being slaughtered. Likewise, as Christians, it is difficult to imagine becoming tired of hearing about the absolute atrocity of abortion happening in our country.
LET ME PAUSE HERE AND SAY THAT THIS ARTICLE IS NOT FOR THE WEAK OF HEART. READ ON AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Unraveling the Modern Movement
In unraveling the issue of abortion, we need to understand that the subject is not new. Abortions have been taking place for thousands of years. Before “modern times,” women, who desired to terminate a pregnancy, would undergo different methods. Some women would drink dangerous amounts of poison bringing them to the edge of death and killing the unborn in the process. Another method to abort was to tie ropes around the woman’s stomach very tightly for days at a time. This would sometimes work. Other abortionists would brutally beat on the woman’s stomach until the pregnancy was terminated.
Another important point in understanding the abortion issue is realizing that the modern phenomenon was introduced into our culture a step at a time. There was a time in our nation when abortion was considered unthinkable. So, how did we go from where we were to where we are? Here is the formula:
1. Admit that it is an atrocity, but appeal to extreme issues to justify only a very few exceptions.
2. Rationalize enough exceptions so that abortion goes from being an atrocity to becoming slightly familiar.
3. Once familiar, it crosses the line and becomes socially bearable.
4. From bearable, it takes no time at all to become sociably acceptable.
Sadly, in some areas in the America, abortion has even crossed the line from sociably acceptable to sociably desirable.
Dr. James Kennedy in his sermon on the subject points out two more reasons why we are facing such a large problem in America. First, word games are played by advocates of abortion. We no do not call unborn babies “babies.” Instead we call them “fetuses.” There is nothing new about this. In Nazi Germany, they deemed Jews as less than human. In fact, they were called “the worthless ones.” The idea behind this is that if it is less then human then it is easier to justify killing it.
The next issue Kennedy cites is that abortions take place in private. We do not see what the unborn baby is going through during an abortion. Similarly, as in Nazi Germany, Jews were shipped off to concentration camps and the abuses took place away from the public eye. This is the only way these kinds of atrocities would be allowed to take place (Kennedy’s sermon is available from Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church).
Because of these justifications, the number of abortions in America and in the world is a staggering statistic. Here are some troubling facts:
1. 29 million people were killed through abortion in the United States in 2002.
2. Over 48 million people have been killed through abortion in the United States since the Roe vs. Wade decision.
3. Approximately 42 million abortions occur every year worldwide (http://prolife.org.ohio-state.edu/Facts.htm, accessed prior to 8/21/11).
In light of the above mentioned atrocities and diabolical methodology, it is my opinion that the spiritual motivation behind the abortion movement is authored by none other than Satan. Jesus tells us, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10a, NASB). Satan is obsessed with death, and it does not take much for him to motivate fallen humans to follow his will. From Cain’s murder of his brother, Abel, to the modern abortion movement, Satan has loved it all.
The question now becomes: how do we as Christians deal with this problem? What is the Christian answer? To understand the solution, please check back for the next blog.
A Christian Assessment of Abortion