Sunday Morning Inspiration

Sunday Morning Inspiration

April 19, 2009

By Kathy Pelton

Taking a Look at Abortion (Part 1) –

Several months ago Kit asked me if I would write a Sunday Morning Inspiration (or a series) on the subject of abortion. Thinking it would be a relatively simple assignment, I said I would. I have, however, been mulling it over for several months now, and have come to the conclusion that it’s not as simple an assignment as I thought. I have had trouble deciding just how and where to start. I have finally decided to divide the issue into at least five parts:

1. The Social Impact of Abortion

2. The Physical Impact of Abortion

3. The Emotional Impact of Abortion

4. The Moral Impact of Abortion

5. The Political Impact of Abortion

This week I will discuss some of the implications of abortion on our society. Please consider the following scenarios. As you ponder each one, please be very honest with your answers . . . they may surprise you.

1. There’s a preacher and wife who are very, very poor. They already have 14 kids. Now she finds out she’s pregnant with the 15th. They’re living in tremendous poverty. Considering their poverty and the excessive world population, would you consider recommending she get an abortion?

2. The father is sick with sniffles; the mother has tuberculosis. They have had four children. The first is blind, the second has died, the third is deaf, and the fourth has tuberculosis. She finds she’s pregnant again. Given the extreme situation, would you consider recommending abortion?

3. A white man raped a 13-year-old black girl and she got pregnant. If you were her parents, would you consider recommending abortion?

4. A teenage girl is pregnant. She’s not married. Her fiancé is not the father of the baby, and he’s very upset. Would you consider recommending abortion?

None of these scenarios is what we would consider an ideal situation. In all honesty, each would lend itself to thoughts of everyone involved being better off if the baby were not even born. The majority of people in our society today would probably at least consider, if not recommend, an abortion in each case. However, if you allow yourself to be sucked in by what seems to be the best, and maybe the easiest, solution to an obviously less-than-perfect situation, you would have killed four viable human beings. No big deal, you say? The world is over-populated anyway?

What if I told you that in the first case, you would have just killed John Wesley, one of the great evangelists in the 19th Century. In the second case, you would have killed Beethoven. In the third case, you would have killed Ethel Waters, the great black gospel singer. Finally, if you said “yes” to the fourth case, you would have just declared the murder of Jesus Christ!

Those are extreme examples, you say? How do you know? How can any of us know what purpose and plan God has for the tiny life snuggled safely in its mother’s womb? What if, among the more than 43 million babies aborted since 1973 was the little girl who would grow up to find a cure for cancer? What if some doctor somewhere purposely murdered the little boy who could have grown up to be a godly, intelligent, wise, discerning President of the United States today? The possibilities are endless and, yes, God can and may use others to do what those children might have done. But will He? If we purposely kill well over one million babies each year, should He?

The Bible is very clear that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of us. We would do well, I think, to honor each life that is created by Him . . . no matter how old or how young or how inconvenient it is.

“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

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