Today, I read an article about abortion in the Log Cabin Democrat online. I was a bit taken aback by the pithy but hollow arguments, from both sides in both the article and the comments that followed, regarding such a weighty matter.
The article, which you can read here, asked the following question, “How many potential Mother Theresas, Dr. Martin Luther Kings, Beethovens or Michael Jordans have been snuffed out?” Further, the article included statistics showing that the majority of people in the USA do not support abortion.
I am not sure this article is very helpful. The problem is not that we might be killing the next Mother Theresa, Dr. King, Beethoven, or Jordan. What if someone isn’t going to be “great?” Are the people who aren’t all that benevolent or who won’t fight injustice at the cost of their own life or whose name you will never know or won’t make millions approved to be aborted? What if someone will grow up to be homeless and die penniless, are they approved for abortion?
Neither is the problem the fact that the will-of-the-majority might not be carried out. I realize we are in the USA, and the majority supposedly rules. However, in the grand scheme that is a relatively minor contextual point that implies the majority not only rules but also decides morality. If abortion were put to popular vote tomorrow, and every person voted in favor of it, the immorality of abortion would remain. We would just be in agreement with each other in our approval and practice of it.
The problem with abortion is that we are both rejecting the cultural mandate that God has given (Genesis 1.28), that we are destroying the image of God by terminating the life of one who bears His image (Genesis 1.26-27, Genesis 4, Genesis 9.6) and that we exalt ourselves, the creature, over the creator (Romans 1.18-32), which is why we feel the freedom to abort our children. When we steal God’s glory by terminating or even simply degrading those made in His image, we sin against the almighty Creator and Judge. Abortion is an atrocity that we should fight, but we forget that hating other people, as I think we do when we degrade our opponents in the debate, is also called murder in the Bible (Matthew 5.21-22, James 3.9). Surely we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3.23). There is no distinction, we all deserve death, but in His grace, Jesus Christ, who is God in the flesh, took our sin upon Himself and died that we might become the righteousness of God (Romans 6.23, 2 Corinthians 5.21).
As we enter into such discussion and debate, let us put the pithy, degrading, and emotionally driven arguments aside and dare to lovingly (which is different than feebly or naively) ask and answer honest questions while proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. After all, abortion will not cease apart from hearts being changed by the gospel.