Edited by Heidi Munson
I’m going to ask a big question. It’s a question that lots of people don’t want to have asked, but we need to ask it. When we give our answer, we need to be honest with ourselves.
Is abortion murder?
It’s almost absurd to ask. Most pro lifers would answer “yes” without thinking it through. You see, if we answer “yes,” then there are some implications that many who call themselves pro life would rather not think about. It means that abortion doctors and nurses are contract killers – little more than hired assassins. It means that everyone who works in an abortion mill is party to murder. That’s not the bit that I expect any of us to have a problem with. Here it is. It also means that every woman who contracts with a doctor or nurse to have an abortion performed is a murderer.
“Oh, that one’s too harsh,” you might be saying. “We can’t judge her! She’s been misled into thinking her baby isn’t really a baby.” I’m not trying to be intentionally offensive, but I fail to see how that changes the reality of what abortion is.
If abortion is, in fact, ending an innocent life, then it necessarily follows that anyone involved in ending that life is guilty of murder.
If abortion does nothing more than remove a parasite, or a clump of cells, then nothing anyone does to facilitate or perform the “procedure” is wrong in any way whatsoever. If abortion doesn’t end an innocent life, then anyone who would seek to limit or end the practice is nothing more than a fool tilting at windmills.
If, however, the abortion does end an innocent baby’s life, then there is nothing compassionate or courageous or loving or helpful in hiding that truth. When we say that anyone, including a pregnant woman, involved in this act is guilty of murder, it’s not condemnation, but a call to repentance!
You are a murderer! You are a sinner! Repent and be forgiven – not by me, by any group of humans or even by society, but by God, the Creator of the Universe.
We are all guilty of sin. I have been a liar, but Jesus loves me. I have been an adulterer, but Jesus died for me. I have been a thief, but Jesus took my punishment. I was guilty, yes, even of murder, but Jesus has forgiven me! You see, without the harsh and seemingly offensive reality of my sin, I would never have known that there was anything to repent of, and I would still be wallowing in my sin, un-forgiven and separated from the love of God. Yes, the truth can be offensive. Yes, it can be painful to hear, but the language should reflect reality, and we ought not deceive ourselves.
You are a murderer, but Jesus can change that. You are guilty – repent! Be forgiven, be redeemed and receive a new identity in Christ.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Acknowledge the reality of life: That you and I and everyone else are under the burden of our sins with no hope of escaping that burden on our own. Jesus of Nazareth already paid that price and is waiting for you to ask Him to lift that burden from you.
We shouldn’t be afraid or ashamed to say any of these things. Ultimately, our goal is to serve Christ, not simply save lives. My prayer is that in serving Christ, He will use you and me to save lives. But the goal must always be to serve our King.
It is impossible to abolish abortion through human devices. Legislation alone isn’t the answer. A march, by itself, is meaningless. All of the blog posts in the world won’t make a bit of difference if our focus isn’t on God.
If the great evil of our age is to be abolished, it will only be through the acknowledgment of it as sin, repentance to God for that sin, and a steadfast and earnest faith in and obedience to Him.