By Michael Dewar
The taking of human life was long a theological question before it became a political issue. The question is addressed in the opening chapters of Genesis (1 to 4), throughout the rest of the Torah, and the full text of the Hebrew and Christian Bible.
Because human life bears the image of the Creator, it is sacred, and has value above the brute, beast creation (Gen.1:26-28). When Cain murder his brother, God the giver of life tried him and gave him a life sentence (Gen.4:8-18). As early as after the great flood of Noah’s generation, the Giver of life made the taking of human life a capital crime (Gen.9:4-6). During the time of Moses, God put His laws in writing, making murder a capital crime (Exodus 20:13; Deut.5:17). For that reason cities of refuge were also established.
Now, if you can convince me that the Giver of life has changed His position on this matter of human life, then you have my attention. But I read these words in Malachi (3:6), “I am the LORD, I change not.” So, arguing for your rights to take human life—you don’t have a leg to stand on, unless you are a law unto yourself.
THE RIGHT TO LIFE
The right to life is not a right given by the United States Constitution. The right to life is a right given by the Giver of Life; this right is recognized and upheld by the constitution. “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all [persons] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; among theses are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
When did we lose our way and come to believe that the unborn is not human, and therefore, not entitled to the right to life? This is nothing short of crazy thinking; it allows abortion to become a scourge upon the nation’s soul. We line up on the political divide shouting across the chasm, but the matter is more theological than political.
A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE
To make abortion acceptable, we enjoined it with healthcare. The fact is that a pregnant woman needs healthcare, but abortion is not healthcare. The nation has enough resources to provide healthcare short of abortion and provide an alternative to abortion. We just need the political will to do so.
Perhaps, the Giver of life is working through human government to come up with an alternative to abortion. Remember, government is an institution of God (Rom.13:1-7). That includes the Supreme Court. A woman’s right to choose cannot include, the right to take life, because nobody is given that right; it is not a right.
A woman has a right to her sexuality, but that right ends when she gets pregnant. She did not get pregnant by herself, so how could it be right for her and her doctor to end what they did not create? Where is the man in this equation? Perhaps, the woman’s body is more of a container for life than the giver of life. Because she is carrying life does not give her the right to terminate that life.
NOW LET’S CHANGE THE POLITICS
The same energy that the right-to-lifers fought with against abortion and the right to choosers fought for abortion, should now merge in a national movement to care for our women and the unborn and even long after they are born. We have the resources; we just need the collective will.
This is not the time for one group to celebrate and the other to lick their wounds, nor is it the time to fight the Supreme Court. It is time to heal the nation wounds, even repent for the many unborn generations we have destroyed. The Giver life works in mysterious ways to accomplish His purpose among humankind. Can He count on you to be an angel of life and not the death angel?