An Open Letter About Abortion

Since the very first time I saw a bumper sticker that read “Abuse an Animal, Go To Jail,” my head and my heart have joined together to produce a number of emotions. Many that walked arm-in-arm as a result of the misplaced devotion are incredulity, confusion, sadness, shock, misery, sympathy and compassion among others. I have nothing against animals. I love dogs. Although I am allergic to cats, I like them otherwise. But my reaction to this bumper sticker was then, and is still now, a wish to finish the thought with these words, “Kill a Baby Human With Impunity.” That is the current mindset, law and state of affairs, right?

I have not participated in any pro-life marches or protests; I do not lobby the government; I do not stand outside abortion clinics, although I do respect and agree with the people (most of them) who are involved in such a worthy cause. I say this only to let you know that it is not my area of ministry nor am I what you would consider a robust advocate. However, I need not be—simply because this is a perfectly natural position to take. How well Isaiah prophesied long ago when he said in lament, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” What he is exclaiming fits our world today in that everything is backwards, upside-down and topsy-turvy (in utter confusion and disorder). Our priorities are out of whack. And that is because we do not have the mind of G-d, nor do we seek Him or understand His ways. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Romans 3:10 states, “As it is written: none is righteous, no, not one.” The prophet Jeremiah speaks a difficult truth in 17:9 when he declares, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” And again in 18:12, “…We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.” These words and many others are convincing testimony that, left to our own wills, choices and devices, mankind will reap the ruin that he, apart from Almighty G-d, has sown. This is one of the reasons that history is destined to repeat itself, as the saying goes, and why King Solomon bears witness in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

Why are we having so much continuing debate over abortion and when life begins? Does it really matter? Whether we abort (murder) at ten weeks, twenty weeks, 3 months or 6 months is immaterial. We are either murdering or we are not. It doesn’t matter at what point of development this takes place. Psychologists document and teach us that a young person does not have a fully-developed brain until around the age of twenty-five. We don’t have a debate if they are killed at age 5, age 12, age 17 or age 24. We know that a life has been taken. It is no less wrong or horrific at either and of that developmental spectrum. The Lord does not create “blobs of tissue.” He creates life. And if we are truly concerned over whether we are aborting a 3-day-old embryo or a 32-week-old fetus, there is a simple end to the matter: Don’t do it at all. (The Bible tells us that man is the glory and the crown of His creation). And this is a perfect transition or segue into mentioning a preemptive solution that eradicates the need for the earlier “procedure” altogether. G-d has the answer, as He always does. It is called marriage and the precursor to this relationship is sexual purity.

Mark 10:7-8 alludes to the reality originally revealed in Genesis, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh.” So, if one denies himself or herself the carnal desire of the physical act of sexual intercourse outside of the proper boundaries of marriage between one man and one woman, then there will be no possibility at all of conception and, thus, no need for abortion. (No, a condom is not the answer and is no absolute assurance of preventing pregnancy.) In all logic and common sense, non-radical thinking will dictate to you that the following is true: No sex means no pregnancy. No pregnancy means no (need for) abortion. No abortion means life. Life is good. It is God’s design and plan and character. G-d is life, and life begets life.

By the way, by definition, to “abort” something means to halt, to stop, to end, to discontinue, to terminate, to arrest and to cancel. If, as those with a pro-abortion and pro-choice mindset will argue or try to persuade you, there is simply a “blob of tissue,” rather than a life inside the womb of the mother, then there is nothing growing or developing and, therefore, nothing to abort, to end, to stop. So, in the end, abortion is a misnomer and an irrelevant term.

G-d is pro-life. G-d created us. We don’t own ourselves and we didn’t create ourselves. Our bodies belong to Him. We don’t have the “right” to choose what we do with bodies which are not ours. There will be judgment over 55,000,000 of His creations which have been murdered. But, incredibly, there can be mercy and forgiveness. JESUS CHRIST made that possible. Jeremiah 3: 13-15.

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