Issues of Life 1: Abortion
Sermon shared by James Boyd
Summary: "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves" Proverbs 31:8, NLT
Audience: Believer adults
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"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those who are perishing" -Proverbs 31:8, NLT
"The pro life movement did not begin as the result of Roe v. Wade. The pro life movement began in the first century A.D....(The first Christiansí) unified opposition to child-killing was unwaveringly and entirely unquestioned." -George Grant (1)
Abortion is perhaps the most divisive social issue of our time. The news media is loaded with images of angry, and unfortunately, sometimes violent conflicts that arise over this issue (2). The emotion behind the abortion debate is understandable to a certain degree. The issue cuts to the heart of how people view life, sex, privacy, politics, religion, and so many other areas.
The genius of the Bible is that it touches on all of these areas. The Bible teaches us that God is the author of life. The sanctity of human life is a prominent theme throughout the Bible. This teaches us principals of compassion that show us how to relate to those in need, which certainly includes both unborn children, as well as women who are faced with crisis pregnancies. As we shall see, the message of the Bible is unequivocally pro life. This is the first of three messages examining how the message of life relates to issues which face us today. Part one deals with abortion, part two with Capital Punishment, and part three with firearms and the military.
The purpose of this message is not to throw stones. If you have had an abortion, there is certainly forgiveness in Jesus. If you, or someone you love, if facing an unwanted pregnancy, there are plenty of compassionate options available.(3) While we must always be ready to show the mercy of Jesus to those in need, our stand for the Biblical pro life message must never be compromised.
This message is also not intended to be a partisan political statement. Life is an issue which transcends political parties and agendas. If you are a Republican, the message of life fits well into your partyís message of family values and personal responsibility. If you are a Democrat, your emphasis on equality and compassion for the needy and oppressed is perfectly consistent with the pro life position. If you are a Libertarian, your philosophy of individual rights and non-aggression could easily extend to the unborn. (4)
"But isnít it the womanís choice what to do with her own body?" Contrary to popular belief, being pro life is not about oppressing women. In fact, many early feminist leaders such as Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Gage and Elizabeth Cady-Stanton were staunchly pro life, regarding abortion as an act which devalues human life and in doing so, hinders the progress of women. In a compassionate society, no one, male or female, has the right to use their body to harm an innocent person. This is the key issue of the entire abortion debate. Once all of the political posturing and angry rhetoric has faded, we are still left with the key question: Is the unborn child a living person?
If the unborn child is simply a "cell mass", and abortion is truly a "victimless crime," then of course it should be legal. However, if the unborn child is a living human being, then the whole scenario changes. It is no longer a simple matter of the womanís body, but it is an innocent human life, created in Godís image, and is entitled to the same rights and protection as any
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