When does life start? It’s the age-old question that everyone asks, eventually. This question is important, because people have rights and responsibilities. A fetus doesn’t have many responsibilities, but does that mean they are void of rights? I think not, but I understand how many people could disagree. I am HUGELY pro-life. So much so, that I would love to be super-rich someday so I can buy a huge house and adopt abunch of kids. This actually sounds fun and fulfilling. Maybe one day. Until then, I am left with making an impact in my immediate circles, and through this blog. Keep an open mind. I am not a typical conservative, as most of you have probably figured out.
To cut straight to the chase, I believe abortion is the murder of an innocent person. For a reference, I use the OIC triangle (for more information, read “A Time To Kill”). I have often heard and even been tempted to believe that if the mother’s life is in danger, it is acceptable to abort the child. The problem: the child may have the Opportunity and the Capability to kill the mother, but it is not it’s Intent — meaning it is unjust to end it’s life. Deadly force is not warranted. Now, I don’t want to be insensitive to the emotions of people who have had to make such a difficult choice, nor am I choosing the moral high ground in this scenario. Jesus tells us that harboring hatred in our hearts is akin to murder (1 John 3:15). So, we are all guilty of murder in our hearts, and we are all in need of a Savior to cleanse our souls from the iniquity brought about by such sin.
I also have never been in a situation where I had to choose between my wife or my kid. For those that have been put in that scenario, you were brave before you even made a decision. The potential reality, alone, has me praying for forgiveness and mercy. I can’t imagine it. If the time should ever come, I hope to be surrounded by good people and many angels, for that is the measure of strength that I would need.
It is also keen to note that many young women were instructed / counseled by loved ones, friends, Planned Parenthood or other entities to seek out the abortion. We should not treat them with contempt. They often hold enough guilt. We should love them like Jesus. This would be the heart of God in this matter. For those that see nothing wrong with ending an innocent life, we should remain respectful to them and their opinion, even as we disagree and seek to overturn Roe v. Wade. Even better, we should be meeting these young women where they are and helping them through the situation with love and support. While living in Simi Valley, CA, our church, Lighthouse Bible Church, was affiliated with a Crisis Pregnancy Center that helped young women through the difficult waters of an unplanned pregnancy — especially during the teen years. It is this type of service that truly represents the kind of love and support that the Church should be offering — both as an aide to these young women, and as an aide to the souls that are saved from termination.
Is abortion wrong? Yes. Is there something we can do about it? YES! While we seek to end abortion and save many from the clutches of doom, we should not forget to cloak ourselves with the humility and passion of Christ — the sort of love that abandons everything and dies in our place to save us. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) This is true love, modeled in the death of Christ, but given power through the resurrection of Christ from the dead — a hope, promise, and a grace that we can all rest in, no matter where we find ourselves.