The Shedding of Innocent Blood
"These children...will never laugh, never sing, never experience the joy of human love; nor will they strive to heal the sick, or feed the poor, or make peace among the nations. Abortion has denied them the first and most basic of human rights, and we are infinitely poorer for their loss. We are poorer not simply for the lives not led and for contributions not made, but for erosion of our sense of worth and dignity of every individual. To diminish the value of one category of human life is to diminish us all." That was a powerful quote from President Ronald Reagan on the subject I'd like for us to consider today: abortion.

It's been over 32 years since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision "legalized" abortion in America. Friends, rest assured, I am using the word "legalized" in a loose sense. I believe that the Holy Scriptures teach that abortion is a sin, and thus, I am against it. It matters not what any human court may say, if they render a judgment that contradicts the word of God, I cannot accept it. For mortals to attempt to legalize that which is intrinsically sinful is appalling.

How is abortion inherently sinful, you ask? Let us allow the Bible to speak: Proverbs 6:16-19 - "These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren."

Although that list does not mention all the things the Lord hates, it certainly encompasses many of them--including abortion. The inspired writer indicates that God hates "hands that shed innocent blood." Does this not include abortion? The meaning of the phrase would be unchanged had the text said: God hates those who commit murder. Is there any reason why we should only consider murder to be an action that can be committed against those who have already been born? Absolutely not.

Children are born pure (cf. Ezek. 18:20). They are as innocent as they can be. God hates those who shed the blood of the innocent. God hates those who purposefully and unjustly take the life of another human being. He hates murder whether it is committed against one in the womb, a young adult, or a senior citizen.

Yet some will quibble and illogically argue that human life doesn't begin until birth. They affirm that which grows inside a mother is not a child but a blob of tissue. Both science and the Bible teach otherwise. Today, new ultrasound technology allows for a vivid three-dimensional view into the womb. That which grows inside is anything but a mere blob of tissue. It is a living, human being with a spirit. God's word declares that the human body is dead without a spirit (James 2:26). Thus, the living being inside the expectant mother is not only human, but it possesses an eternal spirit given by God--just like you and I.

There are other passages worth considering that also teach the truth that human life begins before birth--it begins at conception (cf. Exo. 21:22,23; Psa. 139:13-16; Jer. 1:4,5; Luke 1:44,45).

Though the Bible nowhere condemns abortion by name, it certainly labels it as sinful by principle (as we've already seen). Thankfully, there is reason to believe that more and more women are finally starting to realize what abortion really is. I recently read that up to 90% of women contemplating abortion do not go through with it if they are enabled to see (via the new ultrasound technology) the baby living in their womb. Though some will still chose to end the life of their child selfishly for their own convenience or to avoid shame, most are not this hardened. Most are able to see abortion revealed for what it really is--the murder of a living human being. Tragically, some realize this after it is too late and struggle with guilt for the rest of their lives.

Dear listeners, let us always remember that human life is sacred at any point in its developmental process. This is the case because humans are made in God's image (Gen. 1:26,27). May we cherish human life and protect it the best we can.