Over the years when it comes to politics, I have chosen to stay in my lane. I’m a Pastor, not a politician. Yes, God has appointed both of those roles, but they are significantly different in their functions and responsibilities. As most conservative evangelical Christians out there, I too believe in the importance of the separation between Church and State in a fallen world. I have never been one to post or comment my political opinions on social media; however, when the issue of morality as scripture would define it, is challenged, I believe we then have a Biblical responsibility to voice our concerns graciously and firmly rooted in truth.
Over the last two weeks, I have heard more frequently about the proposed NY Abortion Bill that has now been voted on. Initially, when I saw it on Facebook, I wrote it off as another fabricated news article looking to get a rise out of people who only read titles, not the whole article. However, as I realized this was indeed a real story with an actual Bill, I was mortified at what it was proposing. The Bill is effectively removing the 24-week term limit from the current abortion law, allowing women the opportunity to abort their pre-born babies at any stage of the pregnancy. Currently, the policy writers are ensuring the public that the removal of this term limit is only to protect the health of the mother in case of an emergency that would put her life at risk. However, we all know that moral collapse doesn’t happen overnight. Therefore I’m concerned that it would merely be a matter of years before the term ’emergency’ is redefined.
Adopted not aborted
Not only am I a pastor, or even a Father awaiting the birth of his second son, I am also a 31-year-old male who was adopted at birth. I don’t know all the details surrounding my conception story, but I know enough to know that if the women who gave birth to me lived in 2019, she could have legally chosen when to terminate my inconvenient life being formed inside of her, and justified it as ‘moral.’ Had she elected to do so, I would cease to exist today.
- I would never have had a name.
- I would never have experienced love.
- I would never have known what it felt like to kick a soccer ball or score a goal.
- I would never have been able to hug my dad or kiss my mom.
- I would never have become a pastor.
- I would never have had the joy of serving people.
- I would never have become a husband or a father myself.
One little choice to remove what was brewing inside of her would have killed all that has come about in my life and all the people I have connected with over the years.
This world and its policies continue to enable a society to stop thinking about the greater good and focus on the greater-self. We are too focused on our life that we fail to consider how we might be affecting the lives of others. Jesus said, ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ not, hate your neighbor by loving yourself.
Now even as I type this, I am fully aware of the counter-arguments that include questions surrounding rape victims, etc. This blog isn’t intended to get lost in the sensitive nature of those arguments, but I will acknowledge again that I do not know the details surrounding my conception. I only know they were complicated. My goal for this blog is to share a Biblical perspective on the value of all human life, born or unborn.
The Value of Human Life
“…God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'”Genesis 1:26
I think it is important to notice here that the value of human life was given to us to steward, but not define. Yes, as humans, we have dominion over this world, but God Himself remains the definer of our value. As our Creator, He kept that role for Himself. He did not give that to us. H
All Children are blessings.
I have always subscribed to the saying that there might be unplanned parents, but there are never unplanned pregnancies. Even if the circumstance proves to be far from perfect, I continue to hold fast to the truth of David’s Psalm in chapter 139;
 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
 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.
Even if conceptions (like mine) don’t come through the traditional Biblical marrital union, the miracle of birth still has God’s hands all over it. No one can tell me that God didn’t have a plan for my life but had to make one up because two people made a mistake. Also, anyone who has been pregnant or witnessed the process cannot argue that there isn’t a miraculous nature to those 9-months. Each life is precious in the sight of its creator, and its Creator has been active in its creation. Nothing is created without a creator.
God Bless America?
The struggle for our Nation arises when we examine scripture and see that God has always been opposed to the Nations who disregarded the precious sanctity of infant life and opted for its murder as an option to its inconveniences.
Since 1970, around 60,000,000 unborn babies have been terminated in this country. Each one of those is a life lost. Each one of those is an opportunity missed. Each one is a ball never kicked; a hug not shared, and a name not given. Each one of those is a rejection against our Creator’s creation.
I firmly believe that until we as a Nation (leaders included) can become a people who place the appropriate value back on the image and likeness of God and cherish the sanctity of human life, we will forever be a hypocritical Nation asking for God’s blessings. We cannot pray for God’s protection in one breath and kill His creation with the next. May our prayers begin to change; from blessings to mercy. God forgive us and have mercy on us as we turn from our wicked ways.
When Jesus came to this earth, he restored many of our attempts to redefine His standard, and in one particular instance, he showed us how all children should be treated. In Matthew 19:14 Jesus said,
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”Matthew 19:14
Children born or unborn have never been an inconvenience to God, but always a blessing. When Mary was pregnant with Jesus (might I add, through an incredibly unplanned circumstance), ironically the first person to recognize who He was, was another unborn baby, his cousin John (see Matthew 1 and 2).
So my prayer for us today is that we would not treat this as another political party conquest or ideology, but that we would see this issue, and many others, as God sees them. Would we recognize today that as we nailed Jesus to a cross to die, that He even restored that through His resurrection? He was killed so that, if we believe in Him, we might have life and give life to others. I will be forever thankful to Jesus and the lady who chose life for me, not death, even though I was a significant inconvenience.
Heavenly Father, break our heart for what breaks yours, in Jesus name.
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