God has said: “Do not murder.”
He allows no exceptions, no caveats, no special circumstances. His command is crystal clear. So why do we, as his people, allow for muddy waters when it comes to abortion? Let us think clearly, and let us apply his Word especially to this!
The common exceptions are generally listed as: “Rape, Incest, or Life of the Mother.”
Not listed generally, but often discussed is the case of a genetically unique or terminally ill human being in the womb.
We will look at these one by one.
A child who is conceived in rape is a victim along with their Mother. Should they be given the death penalty for the crime of their Father?
No! Rather, as a victim, they ought to be given care.
We should not pervert justice for a fatherless child conceived in rape. They are no monster, or devil, or any other word used to dehumanize them. Rather the human being conceived in rape is an image bearer of God, and as such, we should be loving them, not advocating for their Mother to murder them.
Rape and Abortion are both wrong for the same reasons, both are a violent crime against another person’s body. It does not erase the rape to “empower” a woman to become a perpetrator in a violent crime against her own son or daughter. It piles guilt on top of pain.
In the case of incest, the circumstances are also similar. A child who is the victim of their parent’s desires and sin, whether it was one parent or two, should not be given the death penalty for their parent’s crime. Ezekiel 18 says: “The one who sins shall die”
The parents are responsible for their sin, and their sins should not rain down on their child, culminating in her murder.
This is in opposition to Christ’s own words when he said:
“There is no love greater than this, than that a man lay down his life for his friend.” (John 15:13)
How much greater still, when a Mother risks her life in asking a Doctor to care equally for both patients, rather than abandoning her own child to the abuse of the abortionist?
It is no virtue to sacrifice a child who is also created in God’s image, to save her own life.
No one would praise or excuse a Mother who pushes her child in front of an oncoming train to ensure her own escape, and to save her own life. Why do we then excuse it when the child is in her womb?
Incompatible with life/ terminally ill in the womb:
Children who themselves are gravely sick, or who are genetically unique should not be put to death by their own parents, and frankly, it is sad it even has to be argued!
The term “Incompatible with life” is itself a slap in the face, considering it is God, not us, who determines who lives and who dies. (Deuteronomy 32:29)
As image bearers of God, human beings who are sick, or have specific health needs should be cared for with compassion and hope, trusting in God to number their days, and resting in his grace to love them every moment he has given them.
We would recoil in horror if the parents of a born terminally ill child shot her in the head, justifying it with “But if we didn’t do it, She might die!”
Likewise, it is wrong to say that murdering a child so they don’t die, will somehow relieve or help the parents grief and pain.
Is it really preferable a mother pay to have her baby murdered before giving birth to a dead baby? The world is upside down when women contend for the “right” to murder their baby, to prevent their son or daughter’s natural death, because they think it will make them feel better.
It will only pile guilt on top of pain, compounding what is a sad situation, to a situation where the parents bear bloodguilt for their own child, twisting and distorting their grief by sin against God and their own son or daughter.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices- mint, dill, and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law- justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” (Matt. 23:23)
Are you a Pharisee? Do you observe the niceties of Christian life while neglecting justice and mercy for “the least of these?”
Do you abandon the weak to death, are you neglecting to be a “voice for the voiceless?” (Proverbs 31:8)
Who are you in the parable of the good Samaritan? When you see your preborn neighbor being beaten and bloodied in the womb, do you help? Or do you walk on by to do “better things?”
Examine yourself next to scripture.
What is it you are commanded to do?
“If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?” (Prov 24:10-12)
Do not continue to ignore what you know. Truthfully, you can never again say that you did not know.
Rather, obey God. Love God, and love your neighbor.
“He has told you, Oh man, what is good. To do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)