Hi Friends,

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court started hearing arguments for a landmark case that would give back each state the right to determine their laws regarding abortion, essentially overturning Roe vs. Wade. While this would not make abortion illegal, it would allow many states to make abortions far more restrictive, and I’m sure some would make it illegal (looking at Texas). While there are people with various opinions about what the courts should do, as Christians, we should be united in our prayers for justice for life to prevail.  

In the very first chapter of the very first book of the Bible, God gives every human life incredible dignity, value, and worth as He says,

Genesis 1:27 – So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

God is, by definition, the greatest being in existence. Therefore, there is no greater value He could give us than making us in His image. As Christians who hold that the Bible is God’s inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative revelation, this means that we must believe what Scriptures say about every human life carries within their personhood the very likeness of God. This means that human life is sacred. Every human life. 

The Bible is also unambiguously clear about when human life begins. We Psalm 139 tells us,

Psalm 139:13 – For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

Life begins in the womb. And in Psalm 51, God is clear when life begins in the womb.

Psalm 51:5 – in sin did my mother conceive me.

David (the author of Psalm 51) says that when he was conceived, he was conceived with a sinful nature. There are many layers to what that means, but on the basic level, to have a nature means you have to be a person. And so, at conception, David is saying that He was a person. And so life, according to God’s Holy Scripture, begins in the womb at conception. Therefore, every baby, whether they are at 39 weeks in the womb or 39 seconds, is a human life made in the image of God and sacred to Him. Therefore, while Christians can be free to disagree about all kinds of things, if we are submitted to Scripture, this is not an issue where we should disagree. Abortion is sinful, and our prayer should be for it to be made illegal. This case is an amazing opportunity for our country to take great strides in pursuing justice for our most vulnerable and valuing life as God commands. 

I can’t write about abortion, though, without sharing that for many, it is a gut wrenching decision that is most likely coming from a variety of complex factors, involving deep personal pain. I’ve never met a little girl who dreams of growing up and having an abortion. Most know it is a tragedy, and something so sad must have happened to convince someone that such a horrible thing is their only option. Too often, the rhetoric from Christians on this issue has not been one of charity and grace. While speaking up for the child’s life, there can be hate that comes towards the mother. This should not be. It is certainly righteous to feel anger towards sin. We see this in the example of Jesus when he overturned the money lenders table in the temple. However, anger at sin and anger at a sinful person are very different things. Romans 2:4 tells us that it is God’s kindness to us that is meant to lead us to repentance. God does not come down on us in anger but wants to win us with His love. He gives us truth, but seasons it with grace. He says our sin is so serious that it requires blood and then gives His own blood for us. And His blood washes us away from all our shame and guilt. So as Christians who know what it is to be loved by God and cleansed by His blood, our hearts should overflow to others with grace. Instead of driving people away, we should be on the frontlines of offering open arms to scared expectant mothers. We should have love, care, and support and be pro life, not only for the baby’s life but also for the mother’s life. So as we pray for a righteous decision in this Supreme Court case, may we also pray for more mothers to be supported in such a way that through our love, they come to know God’s love and trust Him for the life of their child. 

In prayer with you,

Pastor Jeff