ROE v. WADE Overturned
Few people woke up this morning with the expectation that today would become a historical day. But if you’ve been watching the news, you are now aware that the Supreme Court of the United States made the decision to overturn the controversial ruling in the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade. Obviously, abortion is one of the most highly debated moral issues of our time, so many people across the country are celebrating this decision as a victory, while many others see it as a huge defeat. I’m not a political scientist, but from what I gather, this decision takes the matter of abortion out of the hands of the federal government and puts it in the hands of individual states to determine whether they will prohibit, limit, or expand access to abortion. Without question, we will soon see states determining their abortion policies largely along party lines.
I write this knowing that many of us have differing opinions on the matter of abortion. Our opinions are often shaped by our political affiliation or by the rhetoric we hear in the media. But I’m a pastor who is writing to his church, so I want us to consider whether or not our view on abortion is based on a Biblical Christian worldview. And when I look at Scripture, I see the following:
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27 ESV) Human life is distinct from other creatures that God made. We are of greater value than animals because we are image bearers of the One True God. Humans are vastly superior and more capable than any other lifeform on this earth, but without a Creator who endows us with “certain unalienable Rights,” then we are no different and of no greater worth than a bird, a fish, or a cockroach. We’re just another organism trying to survive that can be snuffed out when its presence is deemed inconvenient, like a colony of ants that shows up in your kitchen looking for food. If God exists and we’re made in His image, then human life is sacred and should not be ended without just cause. This is why the sixth commandment exists: “You shall not murder.” Which leads to another verse…
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13-14a) One of the most foundational questions to the debate on abortion is this: When does human life begin? Answers vary from conception to birth, but Scripture explains that the fetus inside its mother’s womb is a human being created in God’s image. Scientifically, at conception a fetus has every necessary ingredient for a unique human life, as it says on the Cleveland Clinics’ website: “At the moment of fertilization, your baby’s genetic make-up is complete, including its sex.” In other words, a fertilized egg has everything necessary to develop into a person.
While there’s not enough room in this post to discuss the many facets of the abortion debate, I hope you might form your opinion from a Biblical Christian perspective. Of course, if you’re not a Christian and have not surrendered your life to Jesus, then I do not expect you to share this perspective. If you would ever like to discuss this further, even if it’s in an effort to challenge what I’ve written and to change my mind, I would be happy to have a grace-filled conversation with you. I’ll do my best to maintain an open mind as long as you are willing to do the same. In the meantime, I will be praying that this momentous decision will give more unborn people the opportunity of life.