On the Sanctity of Human Life

A Disciple Collection

 

Each January since the harsh wake-up call of Roe v. Wade in 1973, American Christians have set aside time to pray and speak against the evil of abortion in our nation. This Friday, January 22, 2016, will see the public face of this movement come to the nation's capital through the annual March for Life.

As we reflect on our national sin (one, sadly, among many), we want also to shine the light of the Gospel brightly-there is forgiveness at the foot of the cross for everyone who has had an abortion, every doctor or nurse that has taken an innocent child's life, but only through the spilled blood of God's own Son.

Below are excerpts from pieces Disciple has run in recent years to honor God's gift of life and speak truth to the powers destroying it in our land. Be sure to click through to read each article in full.

At the Turning of the Tide-Justin Lonas, August 2015
"Seeing in cold light the evil of this selfish practice brings me to mourn again for the bloodguilt of my people in celebrating it. Having walked through three pregnancies together, my wife and I appreciate the gravity of abortion in ways we couldn't when we were younger. To see the familiar features of little children brutally snatched from the womb and cut to pieces sparks a fire to fight for their lives. 

"For many of us, being pro-life' has been a part of our identity, but [the Planned Parenthood videos are] the shot in the arm we needed to press the battle to its end. For those who have silently nurtured doubts about the morality of abortion, these videos are confirming their worst suspicions. God's creation speaks His truth; these are not clumps of cells' but image bearers of the Most High. There are no reasonable doubts. We are called to care for orphans and widows, and who is more fatherless than a child scheduled for dilation and extraction?

"For those who have supported abortion in carefree ignorance, there can be no more simple excuses. To defend Planned Parenthood has always been to celebrate horrendous sin, but no euphemisms remain to hide behind. Sin, as always, has overreached. The complacency and triumphalism of these profiteers of murder gives the lie to every sly evasion. Lives are being ended, and those doing the killing know it full well." Read the Rest

What about the Twins? The Deadly Logic of Abortion-R. Albert Mohler, January 2011
"These two cases illustrate the pattern of moral confusion found among the public. News of the house of horrors' in Pennsylvania brings prompt moral outrage, and understandably so. But is the abortion clinic on the corner, established for the purpose of killing unborn children, any less a house of horrors?

"The couple in Australia openly admitted aborting their twin boys because they want a daughter. Millions around the world seem outraged by their decision, but having accepted the basic logic of abortion, they are hard-pressed to define when any abortion demanded by a woman might be unjustified and thus illegal.

"The Christian revulsion over abortion and the destruction of human life is based in the knowledge that God is the Author of all life and of every life, without exception. Abortion is the business of death, and it is the great wound that runs through our nation's conscience. These shocking accounts may sear their way into the nation's collective conscience, but unless the basic logic of abortion rights is overturned, such accounts will erupt again and again.

"Once we buy into the logic of abortion, there is no end to the trail of tears." Read the Rest

Early Christians and Abortion-David T. Brattston, January 2013
"After Christianity was legalized, congregations in various regions held conferences to regulate the affairs of the Church. One objective was to standardize the practices of excommunication. About the time of Constantine's conversion, or perhaps a few years before, the Council of Elvira in Spain decreed that anyone who committed abortion was to be given Holy Communion only when in danger of death (Canon 63). This was the same penalty as for repeated adultery and child-molesting (Canons 47 and 71). The more lenient Council of Ancyra in Turkey (A.D. 314) enacted a ten-year suspension for women who caused abortion and for makers of drugs that induced miscarriage (Canon 21). The first ecumenical council, held at Nicaea in A.D. 325, did not itself condemn abortion but the third ecumenical council (Chalcedon, A.D. 451) adopted the decrees of Ancyra, including those against abortion.

"The Scriptures contain only one passage on directly related to abortion: Exodus 21:22-25. The only early Christian commentary on it was by a preacher and Bible scholar named Origen. He had succeeded Clement as president of the famous seminary at Alexandria and later established his own in Palestine. Around A.D. 240 he preached a series of sermons on Exodus, including Exodus 21. As was his custom, he did not comment on the obvious meaning of the passage but treated its contents as a series of symbols about higher spiritual truths and about other aspects of the Christian life (Homilies on Exodus 10.2).

"In short, in the first three centuries after Jesus all Christian authors who mentioned abortion considered it a grave sin. Although Origen mentioned it without discussing its sinfulness, no Christian author in the three hundred years after Christ condoned it. This opposition was not merely local: Christian sources in Spain, Italy, Tunisia, Greece, Egypt, Turkey and Syria recognized abortion as forbidden by God and in the same category as any other murder. The condemnation was universal and unanimous." Read the Rest

The Gospel in an Abortion Culture-Russell D. Moore, January 2012
"But the Gospel speaks right where the abortion culture is in slavery, to the conscience.

"For one thing, those guilty of this silent atrocity often don't think we're talking to them. For some, the demonic structures have helped them to conceal this secret, and to convince them the safest thing to do is to try to forget it altogether. Others are so burdened down by guilt, they really don't believe they are included in the whosoever will' of our Gospel invitations.

"Speak directly to these people. To the woman who has had the abortion. To the man who has paid for an abortion. To the health care worker who has profited off of tearing apart the bodies of the young and the consciences of their parents.

"Speak clearly of the horror of judgment to come. Confirm what every accusing conscience already knows: clinic privacy laws cannot keep all this from being exposed at the tribunal of Christ. When the Light shines, there's not enough darkness in which to hide and cringe.

"But don't stop there.

"Proclaim just as openly that judgment has fallen on the quivering body of a crucified Jesus-accused by Satan, indicted by the Law, enveloped by the curse." Read the Rest

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