Earlier this week, the state of South Dakota threw off the hypocritical facade of some political moderates within the conservative movement by adopting a statewide ban on all abortion procedures. South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds signed a bill that bans all abortions except those to protect the life of the woman. The ban is scheduled to be effective July 1st, 2006, and will certainly face hostile opposition. To this I say, finally, someone in government with the “guts” to stand up for God’s principles against the nuanced “intelligence” of man.
To many, an outright ban seems overly harsh, particularly in the cases of rape and incest. Perhaps, however, this issue should be based not on the reflexes of human emotion - which is almost always faulty and dangerous - but on the principle that God, and God alone, be the arbiter of the ending of a human life. Most people get this easily enough when it comes to the case of killing another person whom they can see, touch and feel. That is why it is mainly the criminal mind who actually goes through with a murder. However, a baby in a womb is mostly abstract; you can’t see them, they don’t talk to you, they don’t generally force their persona on the external world. So their deaths are somewhat theoretical and to some debatable. I know however that many a pregnant mother (and some fathers) who unfortunately have gone through with abortions will vehemently disagree with the preceding sentence. And rightfully so! In the Bible, King David probably disagreed as well, as the following poem which he wrote to God attests: 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. (Psalm 139:13-16 NIV)
It is the intense sinning of men and women that create the social pre-conditions that require the “need” for abortions to extricate people from unwanted pregnancies. The list of these social conditions is lengthy and full of real broken lives: pre-marital sex, rape, incest, inconvenience, fear of limited resources to support the child, spousal abuse, child abuse or just plain old human selfishness – such as the “I don’t want my body being broken out of shape” syndrome. Whatever the case, America has put over 40 million children to death because of these and other reasons since 1940.
The issue of abortion in general boils down to people’s unwillingness to submit to God’s authority. When a couple gets pregnant and “wants” the baby, there is joy unspeakable with teddy bears and cigars for all. Many unbelievers can even be heard uttering “thank God” once or twice along the way. An indirect but tacit acknowledgement that without God’s permissive will, the joy-giving baby would not have been born. However, when the pregnancy is not planned, not wanted or otherwise inconvenient, suddenly, that same permissive God who again made the decision to give that baby life, is seen as having “no rights” over the body of the woman. The same body that God himself created at the start of that woman’s life.
Pro-abortionists rail against the specter that a woman’s body “is not her own”. But in actuality it is not. It belongs to God. Just as a man’s body is not his own either. It too belongs to God. In the Biblical Book of Genesis, God made it plainly so when He said in response to woman’s first recorded sin: "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children... (Genesis 3:16 NIV) To man as a result of his first recorded sin He said: "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return." (Genesis 3:17-19 NIV)
So you have in the militancy of the pro-abortionists, a direct repudiation of God’s right over the body of a woman. Just like in the perversion of adultery, men are in fact saying to God, you have no rights over my body. However God says: The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it… (Psalms 24:1 NIV)
I give Governor Rounds and the legislators in the state of South Dakota a sincere salute. They are in effect saying that in South Dakota, they will perform no more murders of innocent children for the sake of human convenience. I pray the rest of this country takes notice and follows suit. If not, a patient God will not have patience with America indefinitely. As the Bible puts it: If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God…For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10: 26-27; 30-31 NIV)
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