Abortion and the Believer
I was shocked when I read the statistics. Research shows that 70 percent of women who get abortions identify as “Christians.”
How could this be true? Don’t Christians believe the Bible is the Word of God? Don’t they know what it says about the sanctity of every human life?
Of course, not everyone who claims Christianity is a truly born again believer. And many who are, don’t understand the value of God’s Word. A LifeWay Research study found only 45 percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week. And almost one in five churchgoers say they never read the Bible.
Knowing God’s Word is one of the most important things anyone can do. It’s God’s “text message” to us. It’s “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12), and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:15-16.)
The Bible is our standard for measuring truth and our guide book. It’s also a source of great “joy and rejoicing” of the heart. (Jeremiah 15:16.)
In this current COVID-19 crisis, Christian publishers report that Bible sales are escalating as people search for hope and encouragement. They are longing to connect with God to find meaning in life, peace, comfort, and the assurance that God is with them in their suffering.
In regards to abortion, a fact to consider is that, according to the Guttmacher Institute and the Center for Disease Control, 86% of abortions are performed on unmarried women. Maybe believers don’t know God’s view of sex outside of marriage.
For example: “Flee immorality...do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (I Corinthians 6:18-20). And “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4).
Christians’ beliefs are being assaulted daily. We’ve become desensitized to morality through the massive efforts of Hollywood and other media. Our colleges and universities have adopted worldly philosophies concerning God, morality, and life. They’ve glorified sex outside of marriage, alcohol, and the theory of evolution rather than God as the Creator.
As the tidal wave of moral decay floods America, Christians are also being caught in the waves and drowned. Too many have bought the lies that are contrary to Biblical Truth.
The excuse we often hear is, “Everybody does it”, as if that justifies disobedience. God says “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2). We renew our minds through His Word.
But just knowing facts may not make a difference to a woman who lives in anxiety about having her baby, whatever the reason.
She may be in shock, frightened or confused. She may wonder, “What will people say?” She may think, “It’s too inconvenient—I’m not prepared to have a baby now.” She may have been told she could just “get rid of it because no one will know, no one cares, it’s not really a baby yet.”
But she needs to know that the baby growing inside of her is not random. He or she is being created in her womb the same way she was created in her mother’s womb. Created by an all-knowing, all-loving, ever-present God.
The Bible says God formed our inward parts, wove us in our mother’s womb, and we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13-14). Scriptures talk about people being chosen before they were born (Jeremiah 1:5, Galatians 1:15, Luke 1:15).
God is the Creator. He loves her and He loves the child within her—the child with a tiny beating heart at only five weeks.
If women realized that God has a purpose for that little life He is designing within her, would she be so quick to end her pregnancy?
God will take this decision that brought her to this place, and if she puts her faith and trust in the One who died for all her sins, then she is “called according to His purpose”, and He will work even this out for good. (Romans 8:28) She need not fear the uncertainty ahead of her.
She can ask Him, and hopefully, her church, where to go for help. She can know that this child will one day bring joy to his or her mother, whether she decides she will raise her child, or sacrificially place him with someone else who willingly wants to raise him.
Encourage her to come to the One who loves her and her baby. The One who is forming him in her womb knows how many hairs are on his head, and how many days he will have on this earth, even before he is born.
We are to “put on a heart of compassion” (Colossians 3:12). Listen to her. Cry with her. Encourage her to know her identity—who she is in Christ. Teach her the Word of God. Disciple her. Speak the truth in love. And then tangibly help her through this so she is not alone.
Truth changed the mind of Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director, and the subject of the movie “Unplanned.”
Love changed the mind of Norma Covey, the subject of the Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal in 1973. Through love, Norma became a believer and a pro-life advocate.
After all, “…the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (I Timothy 1:5).
1. Consider supporting Abby Johnson’s Love Line Ministry to help pregnant mothers by providing for their most basic needs.
2. Check out the My Faith Cares page to find out how you can get involved to protect life in our country.
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