In today’s world abortion seems to be as common as going to the store for milk and bread. Even those of us who oppose and stand against it often take for granted how rotten and vile the practice really is. Conversely, we also make great protestations against those who get pregnant carelessly and end up aborting children, as well as those “doctors” who do the actual killing. But, is there more to the story? Can accountability also be laid elsewhere? Where does the process which brings about the end result of abortion actually begin?
In the United States alone approximately 1.37 million unborn children are destroyed annually. To put things in perspective, depending on how fast you read, by the time you finish reading this commentary, anywhere from three to nine babies will have been murdered in the US alone. To make the point clearer, anywhere from 80 to 240 babies will be killed by abortion, globally, by the time you finish reading this particular article or blog. That is anywhere from four to eleven classrooms full of children murdered – every minute, an average classroom ranging from between twenty-one and twenty-five students!
Again, where does this end result have its beginnings? Did it begin with Roe vs. Wade in 1973? Did it begin in ancient times, as documented, around 1550 BC, in ancient Egypt?
Notice this astonishing statement made by Jesus Christ: “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man” (Matthew 15:19-20). This is the true origin of abortion – the heart of man! When we are compelled to do evil by our own desires it brings forth sin which brings forth death (James 1:14-15).
How does this apply to, not the “doctors”, not the girls and women who end up suffering for the rest of their lives because they murdered their babies through abortion, although these “doctors” and women are also completely responsible for their part in this systematic murder of unborn children, but how does it apply to those who are supposed to be the leaders of society, the so-called men? Do we realize that if we lust after women we are entertaining thoughts and motives that potentially have a part in contributing to not only infidelity, adultery and divorce – which leads to destroyed families, damaged children and another whole plethora of problems, but also the death of unborn children? Is it any wonder Christ said that to look at a woman to lust for her is in itself adultery, and that we should pluck out the eye, i.e. turn away from lusting after her, so we do not sin (Matthew 5:28-29)?
Another example we can take a look at is Job. Although we find that Job was human, and therefore had lessons yet to learn, he was also a very good man with practical ways of overcoming and avoiding sin. Notice that he was following Christ’s suggested method of dealing with the problem of lusting after women. He states, “I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon [look intently or gaze upon] a young woman?” Yes, we can do as ancient Job and make a covenant with our eyes to not allow thoughts to form in our minds that can lead to major problems later on (Job 31:1-4).
Another stellar example is given by the prophet Isaiah. The principle of “shutting one’s eyes from seeing evil” can be used in many ways; violent video games; pornography; raunchy movies of any sort, and most certainly looking on a woman to lust for her should clearly all be avoided (Isaiah 33:15).
And we can also look at the example of the great warrior king and poet, King David of Israel: “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me” (Ps 101:3).
Scripture reveals that the heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, or incurably sick, and unknowable (Jeremiah 17:9). Yet we find that we can combat our own self-deception and sickness by seeking the things of God rather than the things of this world and the flesh (2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Romans 8:5, 12-13; Colossians 3:2). And if we have a genuine love for children, whether born or unborn, as well as women, we will avoid the seeds of abortion, and in so doing we will be practicing pure religion and undefiled, preventively, before God (James 1:27).
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