PASTOR'S COLUMN: Stand against abortion 41 years after Roe v. Wade
January 14. 2014 10:47AM
This coming Sunday, Jan. 19, is widely recognized as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Jan. 22 will mark 41 years since the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion across our nation.
If you consider yourself a Christian, consider these Biblical reasons for standing against abortion:
God cares deeply about the most defenseless in society (James 5:27; Luke 17:11-19; Zechariah 7:9).
God reserves some of the severest judgment in the Bible for those who oppress the defenseless (Malachi 3:5).
God is a God of justice, and He demands that His people seek justice (Isaiah 1:17; Malachi 6:8; Proverbs 31:9; Jeremiah 22:3).
Consider how remarkable life is! In “Why Pro-Life?” Randy Alcorn points out of the unborn:
18 days after conception, her heart is forming and her eyes start to develop.
By 21 days, her heart is pumping blood throughout her body.
By 28 days, she has budding arms and legs.
By 30 days, she has a brain and has multiplied ten thousand times.
By 35 days her mouth, ears, and nose are taking shape.
At 40 days, her brain waves can be recorded and her heartbeat can be detected by ultrasonic stethoscope.
By 42 days, her skeleton is formed and her brain is controlling the movement of her muscles and organs.
By nine weeks, she will bend her fingers around an object placed in her palm, her fingernails are forming, and she will suck her thumb. And she can perform a somersault, back flip and scissor kick.
By 10 weeks, she will frown.
By 11 weeks, she will smile.
By 12 weeks, she will make a fist and open her mouth.
Did you know that if a baby is born only 22 weeks after conception, she can fit into the palm of a hand, but she still has a chance of survival? That's amazing!
What is it that defines someone as a human being? I'd argue that it's more than size, and it's more than whether they are in or out of a womb.
Most people in South Dakota personally believe that abortion is wrong, but many don't feel that it should be legislated against, preferring to think of this as a “woman's choice” issue. If that is you, I would strongly encourage you to reconsider your position. Does a mom really have the “right” to end of the life of another human being?
This week consider praying extra hard against abortion, making a donation to the Alpha Center in Sioux Falls or to some other pro-life organization, reaching out to a young mother, or finding some other way to honor the sanctity of human life.
And of course, I should add that the grace of Jesus Christ is huge.
Those who have had abortions, performed abortions or have been complicit in the death of an unborn child can be forgiven through faith and repentance. Come to Jesus!