A Pastor’s Perspective
by Mike Hill, pastor
Calvary Chapel Aberdeen
Grisly details about the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell and the many abortions he has performed are swirling throughout the internet. Our president recently praised Planned Parenthood, boldly proclaiming, “God bless Planned Parenthood!” Did you know that Planned Parenthood performs over 300,000 abortions annually? This number apparently represents over 27 percent of all abortions performed in the United States. It is shocking our president would even suggest that God would bless an organization that destroys innocent life. The very human life God created. God does not bless evil and God will not ever bless the murder of unborn children.
I just received a new Bible for my birthday and in it I found an excellent article about God’s perspective of abortion written by Lynn Copeland. She writes, “God speaks very clearly in the Bible on the value of unborn children. God’s Word says that He personally made each one of us, and has a plan for each life:
‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart’ (Jeremiah 1:5). ‘Even before I was born, God had chosen me to be His’ (Galatians 1:15). ‘For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb . . . Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be’ (Psalm 139:13, 16). ‘Your hands shaped me and made me . . . Did You not clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews? You gave me life’ (Job 10:8–12). ‘This is what the Lord says—He who made you, who formed you in the womb’ (Isaiah 44:2). ‘Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One form us both within our mothers?’ (Job 31:15).
Because man is made in God’s own image (Genesis 1:27), each life is of great value to God: ‘Children are a gift from God’ (Psalm 127:3). He even calls our children His own: ‘You took your sons and daughters whom you bore to Me and sacrificed them…You slaughtered My children’ (Ezekiel 16:20,21). The Bible says of our Creator, ‘In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being’ (Job 12:10). God, the giver of life, commands us not to take the life of an innocent person: ‘Do not shed innocent blood’ (Jeremiah 7:6); ‘Cursed is the man who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person’ (Deuteronomy 27:25). ‘You shall not murder’ (Exodus 20:13). Taking the life of the unborn is clearly murder—’He didn’t kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave’ (Jeremiah 20:17)— and God vowed to punish those who ‘ripped open the women with child’ (Amos 1:13).
The unborn child was granted equal protection in the law; if he [i.e., the child] lost his life, the one who caused his death must lose his own life: ‘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 . . .But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life’ (Exodus 21:22,23). Life is a gift created by God, and is not to be taken away by abortion. God is ‘pro-choice,’ but He tells us clearly the only acceptable choice to make: ‘I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live’ (Deuteronomy 30:19).” Choose life. Promote life.
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