In light of the undercover videos released by the Center of Medical Progress many in the media are having a difficult time describing what abortion is.
Some have downplayed abortion to something that is clinical. It is merely a procedure that removes an unwanted pregnancy from the womb of a mother who has every right to do whatever she wants to do with her body.
Abortion is primarily about women’s health and women’s right to choose. The issue is about oppression of women equivalent to the civil rights movement of American segregation and slavery. Therefore to suggest anything else makes you a bigot, extremist, and right-wing zealot.
I would contend that abortion is a mixture of all of those things but the primary reason why abortion is so controversial is that because it is a theological issue. Believers and unbelievers have some level of disgust at what the shocking videos display because what they see is not merely “fetal tissue, clumps of cells, products of or conception.” When our eyes see images of flesh that look images of ourselves we instinctively realize that life was just terminated. Life was aborted. Murder has taken place upon a defenseless and speechless person. It is theological because every person has within them the image of God. To destroy that image is to commit a crime not just to that person but to God himself. A crime for which we must answer and be held accountable to. God has established the law of capital punishment early on in the Old Testament (Genesis 9:6).
Murder is wrong because God declares it so and we know it to be so. How then does one go beyond the threshold of murder that it would take dismemberment to awaken our conscience to something that is wrong? The Bible speaks clearly on this issue. People suppress the truth that God exists. In Romans 1:18-19 Paul states that God’s wrath falls upon those who “suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.” To suppress the truth of God means to reject God, to ignore God, to rebel against who God is. In a word: unbelief.
A society that promotes unbelief and godlessness provides a catalyst for this unbelief. The consequences to such unbelief soon follow after. It begins with how God’s wrath is revealed and applied to those who suppress the truth. Paul describes this wrath as “giving them over.” The way wrath is applied to sinners is that they are given over to what they want instead of given over to what God wants.
First they are “given over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them” (Romans 1:24). Paul says that they dishonor their bodies and “exchange the truth for a lie” and “worship and served the creature rather than the Creator.” Instead of believing God as He has revealed Himself in the Scriptures people are given over to their lusts which are their sexual desires. Instead of worshiping God their is a worship of self and of animals. The sexual needs of men and women become primary and therefore we enter into a sexual revolution where our sexuality and hunger for it become primary.
Secondly after people are given over to their lusts it gets worse. They are also given over “to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error (Romans 1:26-27).” After the hunger for unlimited and inconsequential natural sex is no longer satisfying a new passion and craving for unnatural sexual relations take over. It is not just a sexual revolution but a homosexual revolution that takes over.
Lastly the final consequence of those who suppress the truth of God is when “they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper (Romans 1:28).” The description of what improper things are a listed in the longest list of vices in the entire New Testament. Instead of seeing the most basic of moral issues their minds are unable to function and make simple determinations. One example murder. Murder is no longer seen as murder but a removal of fetal tissue.
Our society does not reach this point slowly. Rather it is a series of steps where a little bit of suppression of God’s truth takes place. Rejection of God leads us to go beyond threshold of murder and require something more shocking like dismemberment to awaken our conscience. We are being handed over to what we want: lives separate from God and lives in rejection to God.
There is no hope for a nation when its best thinkers and leaders aren’t able to make a determination upon the most basic moral decisions. The good news is this: there is always hope for individuals. We can’t change a nation but there is hope to individuals of that nation. Hope that is found in the message of the Gospel. Jesus Christ offers life to those who have rejected Him and have committed heinous acts of adultery, homosexuality, murder, rape, incest, and any other sin. Instead of rejecting God, believe that God not only exists but God has appeared to us in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus came because God’s wrath must be unleashed upon deserving sinners like us. The reason Jesus came was to die for sinners and He received God’s wrath in our place. He became our substitute as He bore our penalty. The Bible describes what Christ did on our behalf as “He [God] made him [Christ] who knew no sin, to be sin in order that we might have the righteousness of God in him” (2Cor 5:21). Jesus the sinless one took our sin and therefore paid our punishment. In exchange He gave us something we don’t deserve His righteousness. To receive what God offers one must believe by faith (1) who they are: sinners before God; (2) who God is: perfect and holy; (3) who Christ is: the only one who could pay for their sins; (4) respond by turning from sin and following Christ as their Savior and their Lord.
Abortion is horrific. Abortion is murder. Abortion is not an unforgivable sin. If you have read this far, God is inviting you to receive by faith His Son Jesus Christ who lived and died in your place.