Included in this week’s issue:
The Peerless Power of Prayer
“None of our works and busyness so advance Christ’s kingdom as by prayer.” – Jonathan Edwards
The Sanctity of Unborn Life
This month, we sadly recognize the 44th year of legalized abortion on demand in our nation. This has resulted in the deaths of over 54 million people that God lovingly and beautifully knit in the wombs of their mothers. But we destroyed His gift in the most brutal ways, founded on lies told to the mothers that this was their only option. Every such woman should be presented with life-giving options.
Unfortunately it was not too many decades ago that the evangelical church approved of abortion. In their news report on the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, Christianity Today asked two notable leaders in the evangelical church, genuine stalwarts for biblical integrity, for their reaction to the decision. Remarkably, both of them said it was the right decision. I believe they answered this way because they didn’t find any verses in the bible which spoke directly to it. They applied what could be called a concordance hermeneutic.
How could they have been so blind, especially given that Christmas was exactly one month in their rear view mirror? There are many verses that speak to the evil of abortion, the shedding of innocent blood, and the inestimable value of the unborn. But the greatest insight on this issue for Christians really comes in the Incarnation of God Himself.
How did our Savior come into the world? Bluntly, He started out as a zygote in the womb of his mother. God grew there. He entered the world through natural childbirth. Our Lord was first worshiped while an unborn child, both in Mary’s wondrous song, the Magnificat, and in His cousin’s energetic leap at the news of His conception. Jesus was sent to us to identify with us as a full human being. He lived every developmental stage of human life right until his adult death. He was just as human at the start as He was at the end.
The Incarnation of our Lord cannot allow us to take any other view than that all life in the womb is divine and precious, not only because it was created by Him, but because He became that life as well.