When I am listening to another person’s point of view on any given subject, it’s important to me that I try to understand his or her view in the best possible light. I try not to bring feelings of condemnation upon the person. I try to truly listen to his or her viewpoint without trying to think in advance of how I am going to respond. If I’m ever called to present that person’s view to others, and I disagree with the viewpoint, I will still do my best to present it well. And on most issues, I can always find some degree of agreement. I can often sympathize with parts of an opposing viewpoint.
Yet, I have never been able to find any agreement with those who favor the legality of abortion and certainly not with those who approve of abortion. I truly struggle to understand how an individual—when he or she has all the scientific and relevant information about how life comes into being and grows—could reasonably believe that we should end human life for any reason in the womb.
I do understand and sympathize with all kinds of difficult plights that pregnant women and new fathers find themselves in. Finding out that the baby growing in you has some kind of genetic abnormality that is incompatible with life is devastating.
When you are barely making ends meet financially or not really making ends meet at all, bringing another completely dependent baby into the world can seem like the wrong thing to do.
When you know the father will walk out on you forever once he finds out you are pregnant, you have a hard decision to make that will be costly.
Or when the Father has already walked out, the prospect of parenting that child all alone can be outright scary.
I cannot even begin to try to understand the pain and anguish of a mother of a child growing inside her by the evil violation of rape or incest.
And certainly when you have a rare case where the life of the mother is at stake if she continues through the duration of the pregnancy is heartbreaking to hear about let alone to walk through as a family.
Yet, I can’t think of a case where to terminate …end … execute the life of the human being alive and growing inside the mother is the right thing to do.
Of course, I think through this issue like I try to think through all life issues, namely through a Christian worldview. In all of these cases mentioned above, the decision to end the life of the child in the womb is a decision where we either value the life of the mother or father or the life of siblings already born above the one who has not yet been birthed.
Josh Howerton recently said, “Abortion is the evil reverse-image of the gospel. Instead of “I’ll die for you,” it says, “You die for me.” As a Christian we look to Jesus Christ certainly and most importantly as our Lord and Savior, but also as our example in how we should live, how we should value the life of those around us made in the image of God. The Apostle Peter writes in the Bible, “For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).
We should burden ourselves for the sake of others. We should suffer on behalf of other people. We should at times die for others for the sake of Jesus Christ.
John Piper recently wrote and I wholeheartedly affirm, “Staying alive is more precious and basic than not being pregnant. We know what we are doing. We are killing children.”