The Preciousness of Life
Today’s America has many serious problems — and abortion is one of them. In this country alone, hundreds of thousands of innocent babies are murdered every year. This issue of abortion has been hotly debated over the years, and even more so just recently with the news that broke earlier this month. And while this subject is not pleasant to talk about, nor comfortable, it is necessary. More importantly, we must be educated on God’s Word on this issue. We are Christians first. We must make our decisions based on the Bible, not on emotions, feelings, political party affiliations, or what the media reports.
What is the goal? To view every single issue — including abortion and the preciousness of life — through the lens of God. Why?
Our loyalty is to God above all: Jesus wants His followers to be good citizens, but our duty to earthly authority is limited. Our loyalty is to God above family, government, etc. (Acts 4:18-19, 5:18, 29). Just because our government is lax on laws does not give us permission to break God’s laws; just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right. Our first responsibility is to our heavenly authority.
Do not shed innocent blood: The gift of human life is a beautiful thing. Therefore, the shedding of the innocent blood of an unborn or newborn child is wrong (Prov. 6:16-17). It disgusts God. And if this is God’s heart on the matter, it must be our heart on the matter, too.
Our body doesn’t belong to us. It belongs to God: We were created by God to glorify Him (I Cor. 6:17-20). Yes, we have a choice how we use our body, but those choices should be guided by God. Additionally, the scriptures — and science — prove that the mother’s body is not the baby’s body. The unborn baby has his or her own identity (Ps. 139:13-17). The baby is a unique person, and God is intimately involved in this process. A distinct life exists as the child resides within the mother’s womb. In fact, the Bible makes no distinction between the child in the womb and out of the womb (Luke 1:36, 39-44, 2:12, 16).
To take a life is to play God. God views killing that child by abortion as killing another human being. God gives life. Who are we to take it away?
— Steven Matthews