In the past 41 years, the lives of more than 50 million unborn babies have been lost.
Abortion is by far the most divisive issue in our nation. It has become such a volatile topic that it’s nearly impossible to discuss it in a public forum without quickly collapsing into an argument, shouting match or personal attack. Watch for comments following this opinion article’s publication and you’ll understand what I mean.
It’s impacted our political system to the point where state and national party positions are routinely constructed on pro- or anti-abortion platforms. Consequently, voters will measure a man or woman’s potential candidacy for elected office not on leadership qualifications or workable solutions for good government, but on where he or she stands on abortion.
The noise and rhetoric from both sides of the issue obscures the fundamental reason as to why abortion is wrong. It’s not just the fact that the lives of innocent children are unjustly extinguished on demand. Nor is it the question of protecting the constitutional rights of women to make choices about their own bodies. Yes, the Supreme Court of the United States may have delivered an opinion on these concerns four decades ago, but the supreme Word of God has the final say.
The killing of innocent life, either by abortion or murder, is wrong because human beings are made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). A human being’s value is not determined by gestational age, gender, race, abilities or socio-economic status.
The Bible asserts that an attack on God’s image bearers is an attack on God himself. While this may appear contradictory, human life is so sacred that God commanded that a person who murders another must be put to death (Genesis 9:5-6). His emphasis is on His own holiness and the intrinsic value of man as God’s image bearer.
The circumstances as to how a child is conceived or whether or not he or she is wanted, does not discount the value of that unborn child’s life in the eyes of God. While no sane person would disagree that rape is a horrendous and ghastly criminal act, the innocent child conceived as a result should not have to pay for that crime with his or her own life.
The failure to severely punish or even execute a rapist lies at the feet of weak governmental policies and an increasingly liberal judicial system. Ironically, the same liberal mindset that procured the victim’s right to seek an abortion for a child conceived in rape is also responsible for the elimination of appropriate criminal punishments — like the death penalty — against those who rape and abuse women.
The ethics of abortion do not hinge on the reversal of Roe v. Wade or the change of political parties in the White House. It has already been settled by the decree of God Almighty.
Human life is sacred. It was created in the image and likeness of God, and it has eternal value and dignity. God’s supreme Word overrules the Supreme Court of man.
The Rev. Ray Paget is pastor of Grand Haven Community Baptist Church.