On this 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I’m trying to get my mind around the center of the abortion problem.
This is an important thing to do.
After 55 million abortions against innocent pre-born children, we’ve become numb, and our best hope of ridding the land of our abortion problem is to get at the heart of what the problem is.
Getting at the heart of the abortion problem is not hard if your ears are open to what the Bible says.
There the message is clear: Abortion is defiance. A defiance that results from hard-heartedness toward the Lord.
Women, men, medical personnel, and nations who participate in the practice of abortion or support it are in defiance of God.
They are effectively saying to Him, “Take a hike. Get lost. We don’t care about what You say.”
The light of God’s Word shows us that abortion is a form of defiance in three basic ways.
Abortion Defies the Creation Mandate
In the very first chapter of the Bible, God commissioned humanity to be fruitful and multiply in order to bring His rule to the earth (Gen.1:28).
It’s His design that the world would be filled and cultivated by human beings. This is a fundamental reason why children are brought into the world.
But abortion resists this design, and as it continues we reject His purpose for children—and adults—in the world.
Abortion Defies God’s Command Against Murder
The Bible prohibits murder, largely because it’s an attack against God’s image (Gen.9:6).
We are made in God’s likeness so we would be able to commune with Him and function as His representatives in this world.
The practice of abortion defaces the image of God in the unborn, and in so doing strikes against God Himself and all He intends for humanity.
Abortion Defies God by Turning to Idolatry
The Bible warns us not to put our trust in anything before Him (Exodus 20:3). To do so is idolatry.
God designed the world in such a way that we experience His blessing as we trust Him.
But as it was with those who sacrificed their children to Baal (Jeremiah 19:2-6), so is it with abortion. Those who participate in it spurn God and live by the attitude that we know better than Him when it comes to what is best for us.
Each of these ways of defiance reveal a hard-heartedness toward God.
When we read the Bible as a whole, we find that nations that live in defiance of God eventually perish. They reap what they sow.
In resisting Him, He finally turns us over to our own ways, ways which only bring ruin.
40th anniversaries are normally happy occasions. But not the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It’s an anniversary of shame because it plainly reveals how we have defied God for a whole generation.
God provides a way out from under the shame and into His way of blessing. But to enter into that place we must cease our defiance of Him and receive the Word He has given us.
This is the way out of the darkness and into the light.
And turning from our defiance of Him is at the heart of what we must do.