Yesterday, May 2, 2022, news broke that the Supreme Court may overturn the infamous Roe v. Wade decision. Though the Court’s final verdict has not yet been announced, the political machine has kicked into high gear churning out narratives and talking points attempting to convince us to think emotionally and incorrectly about abortion in general, and the decision of the Court in particular. But, the politicizing, gaslighting, and nonsensical debating on Twitter and cable news is simply noise to distract us from seeing the picture clearly.
The challenge for Christians in our politically saturated society is remembering to view things through the lenses of scripture, and not politics. We are told that abortion is a “sacred” and “fundamental” right and any attempt to challenge it should be met with distain. Such thinking is barbaric. Abortion is murder. Scripture and science are clear on this point. Life begins at conception (Jer. 1:5; Ps. 139:13-14; etc.) and it is sacred (cf. Gen. 9:6; Ex. 21:22-23; Pro. 6:17). Even the definition of the term bears this out. “Life” is defined as “the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body.” At what point does a baby in the womb begin to function? The answer is conception. At the moment of conception, a baby begins the development process. That, by definition, is life, and no amount of clever terminology could ever alter that reality.
Many in our culture want Christians to see abortion as a fundamental right to be protected just the same as the right to free speech and the right to bear arms. But we cannot do it. More than 60 million babies have been murdered in this country since Roe v. Wade. Abortion is not a sacred right, its government sanctioned genocide. Abortion is neither a political nor cultural issue. It is a moral issue. To quote Wayne Jackson, “How in the name of reason can a Christian with but a moderate understanding of the Scriptures endorse the philosophy of the pro-abortion movement?” We should pray regularly that our leaders will have the courage to end abortion in our land (1 Tim. 2). Overturning Roe v. Wade would be a supreme step in the right direction. If or when that happens, we should thank God and rejoice.