The goal of this post is not to stoke the fire between “liberals” and “conservatives.” I am not into politics unless I am watching this video (click) or this video (click). I purposely waited for the Planned Parenthood videos revealing adults negotiating prices for dismembered “fetal tissue” to largely disappear before posting this article. The temporary, often phony, outrage that lasts for a week before placing some other person or topic in its crosshairs is exhausting; I am not into that either. What I am interested in is helping people understand what the Bible teaches on an array of topics, especially topics that pertain to suffering. Perhaps there is no greater cause of human suffering in America than abortion, with an estimated 53 million abortions taking place from 1979-2011. Think about all the physical and mental suffering that women and children have endured 53 million times in just 32 years, pretty daunting isn’t it?
Notice I did not title the article, “What All Christians Believe about Abortion;” I am not qualified to speak for every person who claims to be a Christian. There are various religious denominations that make many claims that are completely foreign to God’s Word (Bible). I can’t and won’t try to defend beliefs that lack biblical authority i.e. are not found in the Bible. Instead, I want to respectfully communicate 6 lessons the Bible actually teaches about abortion and allow you to decide if the information matters to you. This means I won’t call supporters of abortion Hitler or Josef Mengele as long as they don’t send me messages that start with “I am pro-choice and a Christian…” as if that proves something (Okay, okay I won’t call anyone names either way). After all, if every Christian believed something to be true, it would still only be true if it is actually taught in the Bible (Gal. 1:6-9). For this reason, I titled the article “6 Lessons the Bible Actually Teaches about Abortion.”
If Christians are going to be persuasive in the public forum, we must be consistent and articulate. Inconsistency in deed breeds distain and mistrust between Christians and our peers. Do you think coworkers and friends are laughing inside when Christians explain how “faith” prevents them from supporting abortion when they freely and habitually engage in other activity that is obviously contrary to the Bible? Of course they are! Hypocrisy is the fastest way to lose credibility (1 Cor. 9:27; Phil. 1:27). It is equally difficult for Christians to “sway public opinion” on abortion if Christians don’t know why they believe what they believe. I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but your great grandfather isn’t a moral authority. So when you build your case with, “my great grandpa told me abortion was wrong” I am not exactly moved and neither is anyone else. If Christians are going to convert minds on abortion, we must have the Gospel written on our hearts (Prov. 3:3) – allowing us to articulate God’s position on abortion by using His Word (Bible). Are we going to win over everyone? No, unrestrained worldliness spawned by atheism will almost always be opposed to God’s Word, but at least Christians would have a respected, unified voice grounded in truth (Bible). Such a voice is valuable, if for no other reason than to educate the general public on why using tax revenue to support organizations that routinely provide abortions is morally offensive to many Christians. With that said, here are 6 lessons the Bible actually teaches about abortion that we can all share when someone asks, “why aren’t you pro-choice?”