Is Abortion that Important?

This Sunday celebrates life with Sanctity of Life Sunday. In honor of all those who have been impacted by abortion I offer this excerpt from my book, Picking a President: Or Any other Elected Official.

Baby at 28 weeks

Proverbs 24

11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
.         hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
.         does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
.    Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
.         and will he not repay man according to his work? 

24 Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,”
.          will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations.

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In each chapter of Proverbs there are numerous verses that could be focused upon in a book of this nature. But in the current cultural climate, the verses selected above stand out. Their application is broad. Verse 11 says that there is a responsibility on the part of those who love God to rescue “those who are being taken away to death, hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.”

Are there situations in the world today where people need rescuing of this type? Might this verse apply to the civil wars in Darfur region of Sudan and Uganda? Might they apply to the rescuing of boat people off the coast of Ghana? Might they apply to the issue of abortion in our own country? Might they not apply to young girls being sold as sexual slaves in South East Asia? Read the verses again. It seems inescapable that these verses apply to each of these situations.

Does this mean that we should physically intervene in every situation? Not necessarily. But verse 12 reminds us that we do not have the option of doing nothing.

If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
.       does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
.       and will he not repay man according to his work?

God is the judge of all flesh. He knows what we know and what we refuse to act on. He weighs the heart. He keeps watch over the soul and repays according to our actions (our work).

So what should we do? One thing I think we must do is we must be responsible about who we put in power to make the decisions about what our country does in these important and complex issues of our time.

Bookmark for Picking a PresidentWhat are the potential candidate’s views on abortion? What are their views on isolationism versus involvement with the world? How do they line up with the rescuing of children from abuse? What are their positions on judicial appointments? Is there consistency to their past voting records on the issues? Do they have an ability to articulate the issues or do they just seem to be parroting talking points handed to them from others?

Some in our culture want to look the other way on these hot button issues by redefining what is right. Verse 24 speaks loudly against this type of thinking:

24 Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,”
.           will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations.

Others want to simply declare some of these issues to be the “internal problem of another country.” Certainly, effecting change for righteousness in another country is a more complicated and delicate operation. And the principle way that believers bring about change is through the preaching and living out of the gospel. We promote the sending of the liberating message of the gospel to all people everywhere.

But sending missionaries and literature is not the end of our responsibility. It is the priority but it is only the beginning. Verses 11-12 make it clear that action is required too. They are worth reading again.

11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
.         hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”

.         does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
.    Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
.         and will he not repay man according to his work?

Do your homework. Make sure that the men and women that you vote for have positions on these critical issues that are consistent with biblical faith. Make sure that your own positions are consistent with the Scripture. And pray for your candidates and for the current leaders of the nation. They need our prayers. Being faithful to God requires it. 

Prayer:

“Knower of my heart and keeper of my soul, I am so prone to do less than Your word requires. I am prone to seek my own comfort, my own security above almost anything and anyone else. Help me to be obedient in my own life. Keep me from living a life that is centered on my needs only and remains willfully blind to the cries of the oppressed in the world. Help me to do my part in rescuing those who are being taken away to death and slaughter.

Lord, would you give our nation candidates for public office that are compassionate and wise. Give us men and women who are neither isolationist nor busy bodies. Give us instead, men and women who make decisions on the basis of truth. These issues are so hard and some of them are so divisive in our culture. Give our candidates and office-holders courage to fight for the oppressed no matter what the “majority”, the “media” or their “opponents” say. Please Lord, give me wisdom in my choices. Amen.”

Questions:

  1. How can you support your local Crisis Pregnancy Center in their work of rescuing those being taken away to death?
  2. How can you let your candidate’s know your position on issues like abortion, rescuing children from abuse, ethnic cleansing in various parts of the world, etc?
  3. Do you know the candidates voting record on any of these issues?
  4. Is there something you can do to help get worthy candidates elected who can effect direction on these major issues of our time?

© Marty Schoenleber, Jr. 2015.

[1] This post is excerpted from the book, Picking a President: Or Any Other Elected Official, (CrossBooks, 2012).


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