This week, abortion up until birth became legal in New York by the passage of the “Reproductive Health Act.” The internet has exploded with opinions. It doesn’t surprise me that this bill passed. Romans 1 tells us exactly what happens when the truth is suppressed by unrighteous and ungodly men and women:
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. –Romans 1:28-32
A room full of men and women applauding the passage of this law, followed by the lighting up of the World Trade Center in pink certainly fits the words of this scripture.
There are no good or acceptable reasons for abortion. There are multiple organizations in our country, both religious and non-religious, who are willing to help women facing an unwanted pregnancy. There are more than enough couples who are spending thousands of dollars on infertility treatments and/or adoption who would love to welcome an unwanted baby into their home. And let’s be honest. All unwanted pregnancies could be avoided if we obeyed God’s commands on sexual intimacy and purity. (I know, I know…what an unrealistic thing to say!)
Even in cases of rape or incest, the life of a baby is the higher value. My heart grieves for women who experience pregnancy as a result of something horrible like this, but two wrongs do not make anything right. A child’s life is precious, and I believe God will provide the courage and strength necessary to bring that life into the world, even if the woman could not commit to bringing him or her into the home.
So, what do we do? When I think of this issue, I picture the “pro-choice” (obviously not the child’s choice) abortion industry (let’s be honest, it’s always all about the money) as a huge ocean liner steaming full speed toward its destination of death and destruction, and the pro-life movement as a tiny tadpole chasing the ship, intent on turning it 180-degrees toward life. We are so far down this road, so far away from God’s intended purpose and glory, how could we ever make a difference?
We can’t turn this ship around.
We can’t stop this madness.
We can’t make an ungodly world believe they are wrong.
But God can.
Several thousand years ago, Jacob and his twelve sons moved to Goshen in Egypt to survive a 7-year famine. From that day, they began to grow into the nation of Israel. They grew to more than two million people, including women and children, but found themselves enslaved for four hundred years. God promised Abraham this would happen, and so it did, exactly as He had said. But the time came when it was time to free the slaves. The people of God cried out to Yahweh, Jehovah, the Great I Am, the self-existent God, the One True God. Unlike the false gods of Egypt, Yahweh was able to do something about their situation.
Free 2 million people?
Move them across the desert, led only by one insecure shepherd named Moses and his brother, Aaron?
Conquer multiple pagan nations and divide the promised land to the sons of Israel?
Yes, He can.
Yes, He did.
Then we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction and our toil and our oppression; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror and with signs and wonders. — Deuteronomy 26:7-8
God heard the cries of His people and acted.
Our God is a God who works wonders. Mary Kassian describes this event in her study, Knowing God By Name:
The Lord delivered His people from Egypt using 10 spectacular plagues, turning water to blood plus plagues of frogs, lice, beetles, diseased livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and death of firstborn boys. He brought the Israelites out of captivity with (1) a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, (2) great deeds of terror, and (3) signs and wonders. These three types of mighty acts illustrate important aspects of every special act of God: powerful intervention, intense amazement, and profound significance.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that my Bible study included this teaching in the same week that my chronological read-through of scripture covered these EXACT passages in Exodus. In fact, every other chronological read, including the one that I was originally planning to follow, would have me reading Job. And both of these just happen to land during the week that New York passes its new law on abortion, and social media is blowing up with questions about how the Christian community can respond.
I think not.
I believe we serve a God who works wonders.
I believe we serve a God who is all-powerful.
I believe we serve a God who wants to act on behalf of the oppressed, those no one else will protect.
I’m praying for three things, in light of this scripture and what I’m learning about who God is, in direct response to the epidemic of abortion in the country I love.
I’m asking for God’s mighty hand and outstretched arm to powerfully intervene in the individual life of every woman contemplating abortion.
I’m asking that He speak to each individual heart, to convict her as only His Spirit can, that this decision is the wrong one. I’m asking for Him to place people in her path to steer her towards the love and care and resources that are available to help her. I’m asking for His loving Spirit to pour out His grace and mercy on her in supernatural ways so that she knows Almighty God cares about her situation to the smallest detail.
I’m asking for God to reveal Himself in great deeds of terror and wonder.
I’m praying that every doctor, every nurse, every Planned Parenthood or other pro-choice organization employees will not be able to close their eyes in sleep without seeing the faces of the babies that are dying. I’m praying that they will hear the screams of the unborn child as they are ripped from the womb or given fluids to stop their beating heart. I’m praying for God to give them visions, to reveal the horror of what they have agreed to do. And then I pray for great deeds of wonder, of the revelation of the grace and mercy available that offers complete forgiveness in response to the repentant heart.
I’m praying for signs and wonders of profound significance.
I’m asking God to supernaturally intervene when abortion is taking place. For babies to be delivered safely in the face of the instruments of death. For God to send His angels, His messengers, to warn the woman who is making the wrong decision, and to hinder the doctor who is perpetrating the end of a baby’s life. For boyfriends and husbands who think abortion is the answer for the woman they love to change their minds and support the choice for life. I’m asking God to do profound things that cannot be denied, that cannot be ignored.
Only God can turn our nation away from abortion.
But I believe He can.
And I’m praying every day.
1Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 I will praise the Lord while I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3 Do not trust in princes,
In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.
4 His spirit departs, he returns to the earth;
In that very day his thoughts perish.
5 How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6 Who made heaven and earth,
The sea and all that is in them;
Who keeps faith forever;
7 Who executes justice for the oppressed;
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free.
8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord raises up those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous;
9 The Lord protects the strangers;
He supports the fatherless and the widow,
But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
10 The Lord will reign forever,
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord!