October 8, 2018
Over the past couple of weeks, the battle over Bret Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has taken center stage in American politics. While this is certainly partisan politics at its worst, make no mistake the real issue in this process is not the character and qualifications of Bret Kavanaugh, but in my opinion, it is the fear that the court will shift on the issue of abortion and reverse Roe v. Wade..
In 1973, the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court held that until a child in the womb is capable of sustaining life outside the womb or “capable of meaningful life” (the court interpreted this to be six or seven months), the mother’s desire for an abortion should take precedence over the baby’s right to life. Sadly, many Christians have accepted this reasoning despite Biblical passages such as Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness”, and Psalms 139:13-16 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.” The Bible clearly teaches us that while in the womb, a baby is a person that God knows and is forming just the way He, as the Creator of Life desires.
Since 1973 technology has continued to reveal that the Bible’s claim that God knows us in the womb as an individual is not just a religious view, it is actually in line with modern science. Not so long ago couples had to wait 20 weeks or so just to learn of the sex of their baby. In 1973, science said that a baby could not survive out of the womb until after at least 28 weeks of the pregnancy. Now with medical intervention babies have survived after only 22 weeks in the womb and the rate of survival for premature babies is increasing rapidly. Modern technology also provides a mother with a clear image of their baby in the womb, with a beating heart, hands and feet, and is obviously a human being.
Right to life issues and mother’s rights to choose, remain volatile topics many years after the Roe vs. Wade decision, and obviously during this political season of confirming a SCOTUS candidate is at the front of the discussion. The late Chuck Colson once spoke about the SCOTUS ruling on Roe v. Wade saying, “It is the underlying precedent relied on in all of the major social issue battles since 1973. The principle set forth in that decision, individual autonomy over not only one’s body but also the meaning of life itself, is the foundation for “gay” rights and same-sex “marriage” issues of today. It is also the ultimate guideline for the so called human right to “privacy.”
Here at FCS we only have to go as far as our own high school classrooms to find out that the world’s message of “privacy” and individual “choice” has been received loud and clear by our students, along with a majority of young people everywhere. This generation of young people has been taught that their choices and their rights are the highest form of personal freedom and must be protected, even if it violates Biblical principle. Unfortunately, students raised in Christian homes, who attend Bible believing churches, and even a Christian school, are susceptible to this error. As a result, there are many young people, and sadly, older Christians as well, who don’t understand the “big deal” over the value of life, the sanctity of marriage, and the Biblical view of sexuality. But it is a big deal, and if we allow the enemy to convince new generations of believers, that these are issues of “privacy” and “choice” and not issues of “right and wrong,” we are guilty of failing to teach that God is the ultimate source of truth, and His Word is true even when the majority of humanity disagrees.
Proverbs 24:10-12 says, “You are a poor specimen if you can’t stand the pressure of adversity. Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die. Don’t try to disclaim responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it. For God, who knows all hearts, knows yours, and He knows you knew! And He will reward everyone according to his deeds.” The issues of our day are clearly known by us as believers. For us to not speak out on these issues which relate to the value of human life and the closely related sexual issues, is indefensible as Christians. As Christians we need to support those whose views on these issues reflect Biblical truth. Of all people, Christians cannot be duped into silence under the guise of “choice,” “individual rights” or “privacy.” Even if we are outnumbered, and seemingly our voice is not being heard, we must continue to speak the truth through our voice, our daily walk, and even our vote.
May we always have the courage to stand up for God’s truth, even if the opposition seems insurmountable.