A Division in Faith as well as Politics
Abortion is not just divisive in politics, it’s also divisive in the faith. A recent blog post featured on Breakpoint, the website of the Colson Center, brought out the fact that, among people claiming to be Christians, abortion can be a divisive issue. Authors John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris note a man named Willie Parker, an OBGYN, authored a book called Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice. Parker performs abortions and considers himself a born-again Christian, the blog's authors stated.
“He describes working a circuit of Planned Parenthood clinics in the South, performing abortions ‘over and over, like the athlete who goes to the gym after practice to shoot three-pointers,’” reads a portion of the blog. “And as the recipient of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger award, it’s clear Parker has made the fight to keep abortion legal a major life goal. But unlike most pro-choice activists, this OBGYN tries to root his case for killing the unborn in his Christian faith.” Yet, pregnancy centers are making inroads upon Dr. Parker’s territory. A lone abortion clinic in Jackson, Mississippi, one of the facilities where he practices, recently saw a pro-life neighbor move in: Center for Pregnancy Choices. An article about the center appeared last month on Pregnancy Help News: https://pregnancyhelpnews.com/pro-life-mississippi-ab-clinic.
There is no doubt many people who claim to be Christ followers are pro-choice. An article appeared last fall on the Huffington Post site with the title “Why I am a Christian and Pro-Choice,” and then there is the organization called the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, led by Dr. Parker, which touts itself as Pro-Faith, Pro-Family, Pro-Choice, and “blesses” abortion clinics. An article published more than 10 years ago on BeliefNet.com, and titled “The Biblical Basis for Being Pro-Choice,” says, in part, “being pro-choice is firmly grounded in the Bible” and “the Bible never mentions abortion and does not deal with the question of when life begins.”
However, the Bible does indeed “deal with” the question of when life begins. In Psalm 139, David writes, “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; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (verses 13 to 16). David tells us that God knits us while we are in the womb and that our “frames” are “not hidden” from God when we’re made “in the secret place… woven together…” and that the Lord’s eyes see our unformed bodies. If that’s not dealing with, even detailing, when life begins, what is?
Other Scriptures back up pro-life fighters. The Lord commands His followers to not murder (Exodus 20:13 and Romans 13:9) or shed innocent blood (see Deuteronomy 18:9 and 19:10 as well as Psalm 106: 37 and 38). Jesus reproached the disciples when they tried to keep mothers and children away (see Matthew 19:14, Luke 18:16, and Mark 10:14). Jesus and our Heavenly Father love children, both born and unborn, and they strictly command us to not murder or shed innocent blood. How much more innocent can one get than an unborn child?
It is not our place to judge; in fact, Jesus himself tells his followers in Matthew 7:1, “Do not judge lest you should be judged.” He calls us to love and to forgive, just as He loves and forgives. However, we are also told by the Apostle Paul, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).
Therefore, let us love, let us forgive, let us pray in the hopes of healing the misunderstanding and division, and let us continue our fight for “the least of these,” those innocents whose blood is shed daily and have no voice of their own.
Another noteworthy blog on this topic, specifically about Dr. Parker and his book, is found at Russell Moore’s site; Moore is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He concludes his blog about Dr. Parker with these words: “The good news is that God has dealt with even guiltier consciences than Dr. Parker’s, and he has done so in mercy. The good news is that Willie Parker may one day see a different vision of himself, and of God. He might one day be found in Christ Jesus, a new creation. That’s happened many times before, to many of us. And this new birth is not just a process but a miracle.”
Read his entire post by clicking this link: http://www.russellmoore.com/2017/04/10/who-would-jesus-abort/