Summary: Human life is sacred. Yet it is being destroyed in the womb. In this sermon, Pastor Keith looks directly at this terrible holocaust happening in the United States.
A Person’s a Person, No Matter How Small
On December 14, 2012, a 20 year old man with a history of mental illness fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members and wounded two at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.
As is to be expected as a result of such a tragedy, the nation was stunned and was sent into a state of grief and mourning.
The result has been a renewed debate about law and liberty.
It has truly stirred the heart of a nation.
And it was, by anyone’s estimation, a terrible tragedy.
What most people do not consider, however, is that on December 13, 2012, approximately 3,300 lives were also destroyed.
The same for goes for December 14, 16, 17 and everyday since.
Every day in the United States there are approximately 3,300 living babies whose lives are taken in what is called the Pro-Choice or Pro-Abortion movement.
That amounts to approx. 23,000 per week, 100,000 per month, and 1.2 million per year.
30 years ago the Supreme Court of the United States of America handed down their infamous decision in Roe v. Wade making abortion on demand a legal reality in this great nation - and putting into motion the destruction of over 40 million human babies since then.” (Don Jaques)
In the past few weeks, I have listened to a book entitled “Compelling Interest, the history of Roe v Wade”
The audio version had the actual recordings of the Supreme Court hearings, which I was very interested to hear.
I was amazed at the absolute lack in application of common sense which has led us to this national tragedy.
They argued that the state had “no compelling interest” (thus the name of the book), and that the baby in the womb was simply a sub-human, non-personal growth which the mother should be at liberty to have removed - similar to an appendix which was causing discomfort.
NOTE: When we consider the horrid conditions of the concentration camps under the mad dictator Adolph Hitler, most of us get understandably upset.
And most sensible people see what happened under Hitler and understand it as an appalling event in the history of the German nation.
Approximately six million lives were exterminated under Hitler’s rule, which is obviously an extremely high amount.
However, since the adoption of Roe v. Wade, America has seen 6 times this many lives destroyed under the banner of Pro-Choice.
When we really sit and consider the sheer numbers that are involved in this issue, the reality is staggering.
This morning, we are going to examine the tragedy of Abortion from the perspective of sacred Scripture.
The reason for this is simple: It doesn’t matter what my opinion or your opinion is on this subject. What matters is what God has commanded regarding the sacred nature of human life. It is God who gives life, and who gives us the foundation for our ethics.
We are going to see how this action of abortion is not just an affront to our human sensibilities, but is also an affront to the very nature and person of God Himself.
NOTE: Before I begin, let me say that I believe that the vast majority, if not all of you, are opposed to “abortion on demand”. As a church we have supported Pro-life causes, and continue to do so. I ask you, though, to not simply turn off your minds because you agree. Stay engaged, as I have found that many people who believe in the right to life do not always know what the Bible says on this important subject. And if we are going to be opposed to abortion on a biblical level, we should be confident that we know what the Bible says on the subject.
Likewise, if you stand on the opposing side this morning, I encourage you not to turn your minds off either. Listen to the message from God’s Word on this subject, and be willing to be confronted with the truth of Scripture.
READ: Genesis 1:26
QUOTE: "The Bible calls debt a curse and children a blessing; but in our culture, we apply for a curse and reject blessings. Something is wrong with this picture." ~ Doug Phillips
I want to begin by saying that the opposition of Abortion is a subject that has been, and likely always will be, close to my heart.
And I have tried my best to keep my personal feelings and emotional appeals out of this message.
As I was writing the opening paragraph, I was confronted with all of the stories I wanted to tell of times when, in ministry and in my personal relationships with friends and family, I have had to deal with this issue.
The pleas and cries that my wife and I have made to women who were considering abortions weigh heavily on my heart, and could easily cause me to take a very personal road in my argumentation.