Summary: How should Christians deal with abortion
Series: America Bless God
Sermon Title: Why we must vote against Abortion
Sunday, October 17th 2004
Intro: These sermons, as I have been telling you, are focused on guiding you to making the right decision in voting this coming November. We simply must turn out and vote, turn out in mass and make our voices heard.
We must also, consider what issues are the most important. Not just to us alone, but what issues are those that God would consider the most vital in turning this country in the right direction.
This week I am going to speak on what I think is by far the most important issue in this election. And the issue is abortion.
•4,000-4400 occur everyday.
•In other words, 1 abortion every 22 seconds.
•About 1.2 million abortions occur in the United States every year.
•Over 35,000,000 abortions have occurred since Roe v. Wade.
Why we must vote against Abortion?
I. God Created Us to live.
The unique characteristic of each human being is the reflection of being created "in His image." Each of us reflects the very image of God.
If we lose sight of the value placed on human life, we are susceptible to the temptation to destroy that life designed by God. Life is sacred. When life is destroyed, we lose the impact of a life that could have enriched our lives and brought glory to God.
The movie, It’s A Wonderful Life, allows a man to see what the world would have missed if he had not been born. A similar experience might help us value our lives and all human life.
a. God values live because, we are created in His image
i. We are created to live. God saved His breath for the creation of human beings. Genesis 2:7 says, "the Lord God…breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being." We are created in the image of God and endowed with His very breath to live. That is sacred.
ii. Paul speaking to the men of Athens, a great Greek city, notes that God is the giver of life. (Acts 17:25)
iii. Isaiah (44:24) the prophet is informed that the Lord formed us in the womb.
iv. When we lose sight of a Creator who has formed us with a purposeful life in mind, we may devalue life and even be willing to destroy it.
v. Our culture no longer recognizes the sacredness of human life.
Mother Teresa said, "Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion."
b. The World devalues life because of rebellion against God
Hosea 4:1-3a Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land. 2By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed.3 Therefore the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away
i. “You don’t fit into my plan therefore I will kill you.”
1. Roman coliseum stands as a monument of this
2. Slavery (Including US) testifies of the devaluing of life
3. Native American massacres
4. Jewish Holocaust
Let try to understand the reasons for abortion: The Top 6 reasons woman have abortions
• Can’t afford the baby right now 21%
• Not ready for the responsibility of parenthood 21%
• Woman’s life would change too much 16%
• Problems with marriage; unmarried 12%
• Too young; not mature enough 11%
• Woman has all the children she wants 8%
ii. The top six reasons comprise 89 percent of the abortion choices. This amounts to nearly 1.1 million babies are killed in the US because of selfish reasons.
iii. We need to change the culture!
iv. Many of these women feel forced into having an abortion. (NOT a Woman’s Right to choose)
Women should have a choice.
Is it a choice — or is it lack of support for the crisis pregnancy?
In a study of 252 aborted women who suffered psychological problems after their abortions,
53 percent felt "forced" into the abortion by others
65 percent felt "forced" by their circumstances.
83 percent stated they would have kept the pregnancy if they had been encouraged to do so by one or more other persons.
Statistics taken from Aborted Women — Silent No More, by David C. Reardon (Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1987).
“Let Love Win”
II. Abortion Kills babies
This is the last thing that a Pro-abortionist wants to admit.
a. What does God say:
Exodus 21:22 we read from the Old Testament legal code. “If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.”