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What is the Answer to the Abortion Debate?

Today marks a sobering milestone. For forty-one years our nation has provided legal protection for babies to be aborted.

I’ve had conversations with young women who’ve never thought about this issue, or others who oppose it personally, but think we shouldn’t base our political choices on this one issue. Some counter that the answer isn’t to change the law of the land, but the answer is to educate people and provide access to free birth control measures in order to eliminate unplanned pregnancies.

The problem with that approach is that although it may prevent some unplanned pregnancies; that approach also provides the means for our nation to continue in a downward spiral of moral corruption.

The need is a heart issue and education and free condoms doesn’t address that heart issue.

I don’t have all the answers, and my opinion isn’t what matters, but I believe the answer to this debate can be found by God’s people seeking to honor His heart for the unborn and working toward instituting laws that reflect His disposition for the helpless:

[box]They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood.

Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the whore in their deeds. Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage . . . (Psalm 106:37–40)[/box]

This same time last year I had lunch with two precious young women in their twenties and they shared their thoughts on this issue. Both have a passion for Christ, both have traveled to other countries for short-term mission service, both have grown up in conservative, Evangelical churches, but both told me that while growing up in church, they’d never heard a single message on abortion.

Never.

I was stunned and saddened.

Why?

How can we be silent on this issue?

How can we (as believers) ignore this clarion call:

[box]Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back. If you say, ‘See, we did not know this,’ Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? (Proverbs 24:11–12)[/box]

Over lunch, the young women voiced their appreciation to my husband for bringing a message that addressed this issue. One said she thought abortion was something that was settled and hadn’t really thought of needing to speak out against it publicly. They both said most of their friends wouldn’t agree with abortion, but would also say that we shouldn’t tell others what they should or shouldn’t do.

I agree with that, I’m not telling others what they should or shouldn’t do . . . but God has already told us, and I think I have a responsibility to warn others about what He says about this issue.

I have a responsibility to do what I can to promote a culture of life.

These young women joined us, and a group from our church, as we took to the streets to participate in the annual Right to Life March. One is a new mom, the other is finishing her Physical Therapy degree, both well educated and culturally aware (and personally opposed to abortion), but until we told them about it, neither had ever heard of the pro-life march. They’ve grown up in conservative, doctrinally solid, good churches . . . but as far as they knew, the abortion issue had never been mentioned from those pulpits.

I am concerned that the Church at large may have given up hope and slipped into a silent retreat when it comes to taking a stand for the unborn. Maybe you have as well?

I am burdened for this next generation to recognize that this is a worthy cause to battle for. There are millions of unborn children that our nation has put to death. It is incredible to me to realize I live in a nation that now views this as normal. Those who are under forty may think this is just the way it is, has always been and always will be, just a “normal” part of life.

Abortion is far from normal. It is barbaric.

The Church must not silently retreat on this issue. God’s agenda is life.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)

My prayer is for God to awaken this next generation to the horror of this barbaric slaughter. I pray that He will give them courage to shout from the mountaintops, or quietly share with a friend over a cup of coffee, the truth that killing babies is NOT normal and God will hold our nation accountable for this hideous evil.

Join me in this prayer?

2 Comments

  • Chris

    Kimberly, one reason the church is staying silent is that many of the pastors, deacons, elders have encouraged their own daughters/wives to have abortions. I am a pk and my evangelical pastor/father and precious mother (as well as the young man’s pastor father/mother) encouraged the abortion because of pride . . . we don’t need this mistake to be public. Heart breaking. I have had healing through a scriptural Bible study at Care Net and have facilitated many small groups where other pk’s were in a similar situation. I have been forgiven and set free but I would ask that when you pray, pray for the ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ that they may also seek forgiveness and restoration in this area. I hope I am expressing that I hold absolutely no ill feelings or hurt (unforgiveness)from my parents or the other parents; turns out they are human too. Even Martin Luther King’s neice went through what I went through and she is so wonderful to speak out for the Truth about abortion it truly kills. But we have a Great God who forgives, heals and restores through His Word. Keep educating young women and remember 1 in 3 in our churches have had an abortion. It is staggering. I am thrilled with so many sharing their story of healing and hope with a lost world. Praying for you as you have totally blessed me over and over and over with your thoughts & your books (FW). Thanks!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Wow, Chris ~

    I am sitting here blown away by reading your comment. My heart breaks. How many women like you could repeat that same story? Thank you so much for your courage in speaking out by leaving this blog comment. You’ve given me much to consider . . . how many women are still hiding in shame? How many have been pressured into a choice they never wanted?

    I am so glad to hear your confession that God forgives, heals, and restores through His Word. So encouraging to hear that testimony from a woman who has walked this journey. I pray God uses you to minister to many, many women who’ve experienced the same tragic loss (or who are in the throes of decision).

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3–4)

    May God bless you with a fruitful ministry to women, dear friend ~