before the sun goes down

"Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in His sight" (I Chronicles 19:13).

Monday, January 2, 2017

Tenet of Abolitionism—On What Grounds (Part 2 of 6)

The first tenet of Abolition is a foundational one.

Why are we opposed to abortion and on what grounds?

What is our basis for believing it needs to be abolished?

This is vital because, "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Psalm 11:3).

Ground doesn’t really matter within the Prolife Movement—there can be any number and all widely accepted.  I have met and seen Prolife Baptists, Protestants, Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses, Atheists, Pagans, Evolutionists, Humanists—all self-professed against abortion.  Many are prolife:
  • because their church teaches the prolife position
  • because their family always has been
  • because evolution calls for organisms to carry on their DNA, and abortion fails to do so
  • because they like babies or they are human-centered
  • because they think abortion is messy and gross
The Prolife Movement at large makes a wide loop and calls for all to unite.  And yet, there are so many who are divided as to why they have the position in the first place.   

CONVERSELY, as Abolitionists, we are all Christians, and we oppose Abortion on the grounds of the bedrock of Scripture.

On What Grounds?  On Biblical Grounds.  "All other ground is sinking sand."

Instead of clinging merely to humanistic reasoning, we must seek out the Book of the Lord and read.  "What saith the Scripture?"  Our authority as Christians is the word of God, not man.  Therefore, instead of neglecting its use, we are resolved that the Bible is the foundation for everything we do (Psalm 119:126-128).

There are two vital truths that are straight from Scripture upon which Abolitionism stands.
  1. IMAGO DEI - Human beings are made "in the image of God" (Genesis 1:27).  That includes all of mankind, regardless of age, gender, and ethnicity (Genesis 9:6).  To condemn the innocent blood (Psalm 94:21) is to contemn God (Psalm 10:13) in Whose image they are created.  

  1. Incarnation - The Creator Himself, Jesus Christ (God the Son) became human (Philippians 2:6-8) in order to rescue lost and rebellious mankind from sin, death, and Hell (Hebrews 9:27-28).  He entered the womb to redeem the world (Matthew 1:21).  It was as a zygote that "the Word was made flesh" (John 1:14).  These murders are being committed in the very place of the incarnation of our Savior and King.

Moreover, the concept of abolitionism (the removal of evils) is derived from the word of God.  

It flows from the charge to do what is just, reflecting the justice and equity of our God.
"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (Micah 6:8).

The volume of the Book has much to say about this. 
"Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow's raiment to pledge:" (Deuteronomy 24:17).

"Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place" (Jeremiah 22:3).

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone." (Matthew 23:23).

"But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;" (Titus 1:8).

As Asaph was inspired to write, "Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy" (Psalm 82:3). 

In the midst of a society, sick from the sole of the foot to the head with 
—gross immorality, 
—bloodshed of the innocent and weak, 
—and rampant iniquity and inequity, 

God's people are plainly instructed to 
—wash, make themselves clean, 
—put away the evil of their deeds from God's sight, 
—cease to do evil,
—learn to do well,
—seek justice,
—relieve the oppressed,
—deliver the fatherless, and
—plead for the widow (Isaiah 1:4-6,16-17).

Abortion is human sacrifice to the God of Self.  Abortion thus is both murder and idolatry—child sacrifice, an abomination (Deuteronomy 12:31) which pollutes the land and which God must judge (Psalm 106:37-38).  

Of all people,
—these little ones are the MOST vulnerable of all victims.  
—they are the MOST innocent of all victims.
—they are also in the MOST danger of imminent destruction EVERY DAY.

They are the LEAST of these, and Jesus said as we have done it unto the least of these, we have done it unto Him (Matthew 25:40). 

So WHY do we oppose abortion?  

Because of what God tells us in His Book.  

From the Scriptural view, abortion is murder: 
—treachery against those whom God says are blessings (Psalm 127:3).
—gross child sacrifice (Jeremiah 7:31).
—the destruction of people made in God's image (Genesis 9:6).
—the defiling of the place where Christ entered the world (Isaiah 7:14) 
—injustice against one's neighbor, which is forbidden (Leviticus 19:13,15-18)
—violence against the weakest and most helpless (Jeremiah 22:3). Thus it is
   “homicide in the worst degree”.
—a violation of God's holy law and character (Leviticus 18:21; Jeremiah 32:35)

Abolition is the Biblical response.  

Therefore, abortion must be abolished.

1 comment: