Abortion and me
The other day I was put down in my belief on abortion. Here is what happened. I was told a vote for Hillary is a vote for abortion. I said there is more to this election than just abortion. We have to look at the overall picture. Trump has flip-flopped on this issue over the years. Who is to say that he would not change his mind again? I also pointed out that he has not covered any issues that need to be covered since he is in the mode to bash Hillary than anything else. I was called a murderer.
I pointed out that I have spoken out on abortion, pro-life. I said the government has no right to tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body. They like the pro-life believers have to point out that it is murder and there are many different ways of caring for that baby once born. I was told that I claim to be a pastor and my voice should be all about pro-life and should back the government in its stand. Alternatively, I am a fraud and a fake. I pointed out that I have already said that I can tell others that it is murder and that it should not be done. I also pointed out that I cannot make anyone follow God’s ruling on this subject or any other. If I could do that then all people must believe as I do on any subject that I preach or teach on; No one has been able to do that. The world will always follow the easy way. Jesus, while on earth, could not win all people, that is why he left disciples to carry on.
What does the Bible say about abortion? The word abortion is not used in the Bible. That is not to say the subject is not covered. It has been said a child does not become a child at conception. According to God’s word that is not true. Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knows us before He forms us in the womb. Exodus 21:22-25 hits a little harder. It prescribes the death penalty for anyone who causes the death of a baby in the womb: for it is murder.
That is where it became a little confusing to me. As a minister of God’s word, I believe I am to teach on this subject. I believed, up to this point, that a woman still had the right to choose what she wanted to do. She alone had to stand before Christ in judgment.
There is always a circumstance where abort is right: Right? Not as a Christian do I live in the world, or under God’s word. I was looking at rape, or incest. Horrible as these things are, it is not the fault of the baby. To murder that child does not make the act of abortion right. Maybe the government stepping in could be right. It might be for personal gain of those in power, but the outcome is based on God’s word.
I had to look at one other view: The life of the mother over that of the babies. I had to do a lot of research on this part. I will not bore you with all I did. One search said that it is only a small percent of the abortion done in the world today. That was not enough for me. Another said it was one-tenth of one percent of the abortions in the world today. That made more sense to me. Since I was after the truth, I need to know numbers. Here is what I found.
The data on abortions displayed on the World meters’ counter is based on the latest statistics on worldwide abortions published by the world Health Organization (WHO). According to WHO, every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million abortion. This corresponds to approximately 125,000 abortions per day.
So that means 0.000002 percent of women are at risk of their lives. Wow, television makes it seem as if that number should be a lot higher.
Here is where I stood only a couple of days ago. As a new pastor I should be understanding God’s word more just in my growth in Him. It seems to me as if I am still “Carnal” as Paul called it. Carnal Christians trust in Jesus for salvation, but still think, act, and react like the world. I know now that I have not completely let the Holy Spirit move into my heart. If I remove that block, I would move further away from the world’s way of acting and thinking to God’s way. I know that to be Spiritual growth. I am wondering why I have not allowed that to happen.
Maybe what others have said is true. Maybe I am a fraud or a fake. My Christian growth has only been in baby steps. I have not given myself over to the Lord completely. I move to follow Romans 8:12-15. 12. Therefore, brother, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. 13. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14. because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry Abba, Father.
From this day forward, I will strive to grow in my Christian walk. Putting Christ before all I do, think, say, or act on.