January 22, 2009 marks the 36th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, the infamous Supreme Court decision that initiated a holocaust of legalized abortion in the United States. I still remember exactly where I was; I was 22 years old at time, and it’s hard to believe that now 36 years have passed, each one with an incredible carnage ––the blood of literally millions of unborn children crying from the grave.
Those who continue to fight legislation restricting abortion are in reality not pro-choice; they are singularly pro-death. While rhetoric so often serves to camouflage the carnage of abortion, it remains simply this: the painful killing of an innocent human being. Let me stress that again: the painful killing of an innocent ––an innocent human being that has done nothing to deserve capital punishment.
Allow me to explain each aspect of that definition.
It’s painful in that the methods employed to kill the pre-born child are painful.
It’s killing in that the zygote, which fulfills the criteria needed to establish the existence of biological life, is killed. This is not a metaphysical contention. This is plain, old experimental evidence. The zygote has metabolism, development, the ability to react to stimuli, and cell reproduction. This is a human being. It doesn’t have a full blown personality, but it does have full personhood from the moment of conception.
Abortion kills innocent human beings in that the child that is terminated is the product of human parents. The child has a totally distinct human genetic code. Also, as I said, though it does not have a full-blown personality; it does have full personhood from the moment of conception. Thus, far from deserving capital punishment, these innocent human beings deserve protection.
Thankfully, in God’s economy, there is hope for those who have experienced the ravages of abortion. Not only can they receive God’s forgiveness in the here and now, but they can also look forward to the ecstasy of being reunited with their unborn loved ones in eternity.
When my wife has given birth to our children, which has been many times now, she has not just given birth to a body but a body/soul unity. That body/soul unity is a human being, and we believe in a Christian worldview that that body/soul unity will exist for all eternity, so there’s an absolute certainty that we will see even aborted children in eternity. Their DNA will flower into complete perfection. They will be what they would have been if death, destruction, and decay hadn’t entered our world.
Ultimately, when I think of abortion, my mind goes back to the words of King David:
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13-16, NIV).
We have a holocaust in our midst, it is unseen, often unnoticed, but I don’t want you as a Christian to forget that there is a particular day in which we celebrate life and we remember the anniversary of Roe V Wade that has terminated the lives of so many people that ultimately we’ll only know from the perspective of eternity.