With the new abortion laws passed in the state of New York, there has been an unbelievable influx of pro-life/pro-choice posts on social media. People are on fire about this topic. Most people try to convince others that their viewpoint is right. Everyone’s got reasons. Everyone’s got arguments. But we can’t do anything to convince someone one way or the other.
Let’s set the stage
I’m pro-life. Thus, I disagree with the act of abortion. Biblically, I see evidence that from conception, a baby in the womb is a full-fledged human being (e.g. Jeremiah 1:5). It doesn’t make sense to me that we would set someone’s personhood based on their physical location (in or out of the womb).
It doesn’t make sense to me that we would make rather shallow excuses about the quality of life a child would live if he or she were born. Just because a child wouldn’t have the life that all children deserve, somehow we think no life is better.
It doesn’t make sense to me that abortion is legal and yet, if a criminal murders a pregnant woman, he or she will have two counts of manslaughter placed on his or her record.
I believe every single life has equal value — white, black, Christian, Islamic, young, old, born, and unborn. We’re all made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27).
It starts with perspective
It really does. If a woman believes that life begins at conception, that changes everything (at least it should) because now she has to consider another human life.
If a woman believes that when pregnant, all she has in her uterus is a clump of cells, I get it. I would be furious if that is what I believed and people were trying to regulate it. If that’s what you believe about pregnancy, I understand why you would have a problem with pro-lifers.
It starts with perspective.
It ends with the heart
During the past two weeks, I’ve wanted to write something on this. I wanted to write a big blog post that changes people’s minds — one that helps people understand and appreciate the significance of life. Then I read a section of scripture a couple of days ago that changed how I thought about the whole subject.
It was from Exodus 15-17. God had just delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt by using a man named Moses. Through an unbelievable display of power and providence, God destroyed the entire Egyptian army in the Red Sea. The Israelites were safe and praised God for His deliverance.
Then the complaining started.
The Israelites were thirsty and found a pool of water but it was bitter. God made it sweet. They were hungry and God provided manna for them every morning. They were thirsty again and He gave them water from a rock (a rock!). They faced opposing nation after opposing nation and God led them to victories time after time.
And yet, they complained the whole time. They said to Moses
Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger. (Exodus 16:3)
It didn’t matter how God protected and provided for them — they still thought they’d be better off back in Egypt as slaves. This reminded me:
People will believe what they want to believe.
It doesn’t matter what it is. It can be illogical and irrational. Even when presented with facts, people are stubborn (me included, by the way!). It’s a heart problem.
People have historically had a heart problem. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, the human race has had a heart problem.
In His word, God says
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
We must stand for what is right and fight for those who have no voice. By all means, speak up! Do something! God is a God of action and will work through you even in the smallest of ways.
But remember, it’s a heart problem. It takes prayer. Only God can change the hearts of those who have influence over legislation in this space. Only God can change the hearts of women who plan to abort their children (pray for them because James 5:16 says that the prayer of a righteous man has great power). Only God can give people a heart of flesh. Only God can bring people to Him.
I disagree with abortion and those that support it. I mean, I’ll still be friends with those who do. I’m friends with lots of people that are fine with abortion. But I am praying that God would change the hearts of this nation. I’m not going to pretend I know all the factors in every abortion situation. However, I do know that everyone deserves a chance at life, even when that chance isn’t under ideal circumstances.
Abortion is a heart problem. Not only does it stop a heart but it takes a change of heart to stop it.
What are your thoughts on the subject? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! Please, be civil.
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