April 8, 2019
This past week my wife and I went to see the movie Unplanned. It is a true story of a former director of a Texas Planned Parenthood facility. Although she was a Christian, and her parents and husband were pro-life, she believed that abortion was a viable alternative for a woman to choose up until the third trimester; in fact, she had two abortions as a young adult. During her tenure as director of the Planned Parenthood facility, 20,000 abortions were performed at her facility. Even so, she had never observed an actual abortion until one day, after ten years in the facility, her view of abortion changed. Through ultra sound technology, she watched an actual abortion take place, and observed the unborn baby in the womb fight for its life during the abortion. It was a life changing moment for her, which led to leaving Planned Parenthood and becoming a Pro-Life advocate.
A few years ago, a pregnant woman, who was on a Caribbean cruise with her family, delivered a four month old, pre-mature baby while at sea. Against all odds, this 1½-pound baby boy survived the delivery, the lack of an incubator on the ship, and the eventual transport to a Miami hospital. This mother was told that the baby could not survive and so the medical staff on the ship would not let her see her baby. However, miraculously, not only was he alive, he was breathing and crying. At the mother’s insistence, a makeshift incubator kept him warm until the captain could get the ship to the nearest port and to a hospital in Puerto Rico. The family was able to transfer the baby to a hospital in their hometown. Medical experts say that a baby born under these circumstances has less than a ten per cent chance of survival. This story is a tribute to the value of human life and the efforts of all those involved in saving this one little baby’s life.
Many years ago in the Roe v. Wade decision, 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.” 21st Century technology and scientific evidence, has undermined the Supreme Court ruling, and verifies the Bible’s declaration of life inside the womb.
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. The mother on the cruise ship fought for the life of her baby, even though the medical staff on the ship did not believe he could survive, and even though the ship’s facilities were not equipped to sustain a premature baby. She had a love for her unborn child that had formed in her womb that caused her to fight for the life of baby.
Right to life issues and a mother’s right to choose, remain volatile topics many years after the Roe vs. Wade decision. The late Chuck Colson once spoke about the SCOTUS ruling on abortion 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” today. It is 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. Nevertheless, 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.
The issues of our day are clearly known by us as believers. For us not to speak out on these issues, which relate to the value of human life and the closely related sexual issues, is indefensible as Christians. As believers, 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 “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.