With primaries and an election coming next year, I could not help but post this ARTICLE from FoxNews and make a few comments. According to the article, a man essentially “slipped” his mistress the drug RU-486 that caused her to have at least 2 miscarriages. In Wisconsin, where this took place, there is a law enacted in the 90’s that calls this kind of crime “fetal homicide”. You can read the rest in the article linked above.
First of all, I do applaud such a law, only wishing it was extended to any such intentional killing of the unborn, including a willful abortion. Although there are many ways in which we “rob” God of His glory and treasure a thousand lesser things, essentially practicing idolatry, there is something about abortion that (while not unforgiveable) is particularly glaring in its brazen willingness to try to be god-like. If you add this up, simply enough the only difference between “murder” and “abortion” is the willful choice of the mother carrying the unborn child. Could we be more “man-centered” than this? Either way the unborn child dies at the hand of another by a willful decision. How sophisticated we are!
I have had dear friends who committed this crime of abortion in their teen years and witnessed genuine regret, repentance and eventual healing. That, however, does not change the fact that abortion is vile, horrid and a great offense to God. Perhaps, like homosexuality, abortion can serve as a ringing bell to conservative evangelicals that ALL sin should be despised and avoided like these.
That is why with elections forthcoming, I do believe that you should look strongly at the candidates positions regarding abortion, which (to me) is something of a watershed belief regarding that persons view of God and trusting Him in his future leadership of our country. I cannot stomach the evangelical who would “overlook” a candidates view on abortion for the “greater good” of the country’s economy and foreign policy! What difference does it make if we win battles and wars on foreign soil if we continue to kill millions more than any holocaust on the “battlefield” in a mother’s womb?!
I would never presume (nor could) suggest to anyone who to vote for, so you might as well not ask. You are all very capable of reviewing policy and beliefs of candidates along the way. However, because so many just do not exercise their right to vote and are passive, I can encourage you to simplify your view of the candidates and their policies by using their stance on abortion as a “filter” from the rest.
You probably are wondering why I have such fire on what seems to be a political topic. But that’s just it, this is not some merely political topic. The church for too long has allowed the “religious right” or Moral Majority to do the “dirty work” for evangelicals in the political realm. The truth is, our weapons are not to be carnal. We don’t fight like the world fights. We should pray, fast and vote according to our beliefs instead of sitting in our easy chairs and verbally sparring with the television as we hear what candidates have to say. While there is a sense that this world will go from “bad to worse” these are still battlegrounds that we should walk onto with the gospel in hand and mouth. The church, not any lobbying group, is particularly accountable for taking the gospel to the world and defending the unborn on the grounds of the gospel.
Lastly, Jan and I have experienced miscarriages and know that God took from us according to His divine purposes, two very real lives. This was not “tissue” that malfunctioned. These were little humans who died. Besides making some greater emotional appeal should you be reading this and differing in my view on abortion, giving in to a “pro-choice” for the mother stance, let me simply ask that you read this:
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.