Summary: A sermon on the anniversary of Roe v Wade
The doctor gave the visibly upset, middle-aged couple their options. With all that was known at this point he suggested that abortion may be a very legitimate way out. What were they going to do? You see, this mother hadn’t realized that she was pregnant. It had been nine years since she had had her first child. She and her husband were getting older, and thoughts of another child being born into their home were far from their minds. She had been feeling sick, but she didn’t even consider the possibility of a baby. And because of that she allowed x-rays to be taken, more than once. In fact, it wasn’t until after several x-rays were taken throughout an entire week that it was discovered that she had been carrying a baby. And now, because of all the radiation it had been exposed to, there was serious reason to be concerned about the fetus’ health.
As that couple sat in that quiet doctor’s office they were faced with one of the biggest decisions of their life. What were they going to do? A decision had to be made.
Many would have made that decision with no hesitation. Many people didn’t have to think twice about what they would do. When faced with that decision they have chosen abortion, no questions asked. And as a result, over the past 33 years, since abortion has been made legal, over 47 million babies have been sentenced to death without the privilege of a trial. 47 million babies have been aborted before they ever had the chance to even see their mother’s face. That’s 1,424,242 babies aborted every year. 118,686 babies aborted every month. 27,389 every week. 3,902 babies are aborted every single day. 162 babies will have been aborted while you’ve sat in your pew by the time we say our final amen this morning.
Every day in abortion clinics around our nation more babies lose their lives than the number of individuals lost on 9/11. And yet, our nation’s reactions to the two are totally opposite from each other. Whereas a great cry came up from our people after 9/11, I hear little weeping for the children lost each day. Whereas swift vengeance was rendered as a result of 9/11, it’s not easy for us to find many Americans who will stand up for the unborn. Instead, we’ve become a nation that encourages mothers to have an abortion, and even pays for them to do it. It’s a terrible tragedy that is ongoing in our nation today. And it’s scary. Mother Teresa knowing perhaps better than any other how far disrespect for human life can go spoke painfully and pointedly to America stating, “When a nation encourages its mothers to kill their children, there is nothing that won’t be done.” When we’ve begun encouraging abortion we can have no doubts as to the seriousness of our nation’s moral decline.
Now, I want to say right up front today that I do not know your history. I don’t have the foggiest idea if there is someone here today who was faced with the decision of whether or not to abort, and you chose to do so. I don’t need to know that. But before I go any further with this message I want to assure you that God loves you no matter what you’ve done. He offers His mercy to you no matter what the sin. Abortion is forgivable. And I want you to know that before I say another word today.
I also want you to know that the message that I’m going to preach this morning is not meant in any way to condemn you or to make you feel any more guilty than you already feel. I don’t believe that would be a very Christ-like way to preach. I don’t want to condemn you this morning, but, just like any sin, I am going to condemn abortion. Just as I would love the homosexual or the murderer, but hate their sin, I want to make it clear that I love every woman that has had an abortion, and every man that has pressured her into doing so, but I hate with a passion the sin of abortion.
I believe that’s the attitude that Jesus would have. When He met the woman that the Pharisees wanted Him to condemn to be stoned, He knew her sin. He knew she had been an adulterous woman. And you’d better believe that Jesus hates adultery. And yet He loved her. And He forgave her. And He said, “Woman, I don’t condemn you. But go and sin no more.” I believe that Jesus would love the woman who’s had an abortion. I believe He would say, “I don’t condemn you.” But I also believe He would say, “Go and sin no more.” And so, because I believe that’s what Jesus’ attitude would be, that the attitude that I want to preach with this morning.