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Abortion, the Great Injustice
During the past few summers, our family has been reading Christian biographies from the Christian Heroes Series. One book we read was about a Scottish woman who lived in the 1800’s named Mary Slessor. She was a remarkable woman who, having heard that David Livingstone had died in 1873, decided to follow in his footsteps. She left Scotland and sailed for west Africa, leaving behind comfort, family, and the hope of marriage to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the unreached people of what is today Nigeria.
Amidst her own sickness, the loneliness of missions, the learning of language and culture, she pressed farther to the interior of Africa than any white person had ever gone and she stayed. She became known to the people she served as “the White Ma”, as she had flaming red hair and bright blue eyes. Through hard work, resolute courage, and resourcefulness against heavy opposition and seemingly impossible odds, she impacted the Calabar region for Jesus Christ.
One story is indelibly marked in my mind. In the tribal culture of the day, twins were viewed as demonic, soulless children who would bring a curse on the family. In an effort to ward off the evil spirits after they were born, they were taken into the jungle and killed. Instead of carrying them through the front door where the village would see this curse, a hole was cut in the back of the hut and they would be passed into the hands of those who would end their lives.
One night, Mary was informed that twins were being delivered in a neighboring village. Upon hearing this and knowing the fate of the babies, she jumped to her feet, ran through the African jungle by herself, singing hymns out loud to let the predatory animals know she was moving through their territory and arrived just as the babies were being passed out the back of the hut. Without a word, this 5’1” red-haired, Scottish woman grabbed both babies and disappeared back into the jungle. She then raised them as her own.
In the middle of the story, my daughter looked up at me, absolutely bewildered that anyone would kill a baby. She had a hard time wrapping her mind around this barbaric ritual. I explained to her that this was 150 years ago in a barbaric age, before science and medicine. In today’s modern world, we no longer systematically terminate the life of babies.
But as I sat thinking about that statement, I realized I was wrong. I sat in stunned silence, as I came to grips with the devastation and horror that is abortion. We may no longer believe in witch doctors and incantations and the rituals associated with tribal life, but we still systematically terminate the most helpless and defenseless members of our society. Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, abortion stands as the greatest injustice in the history of mankind.
Abortion is a medical procedure which induces the expulsion of a human fetus to terminate a pregnancy. As it stands today, American women have the legal right to obtain an abortion in all 50 states, through all nine months of pregnancy, for virtually any reason at all. This has been true since January of 1973, when the Supreme Court declared that autonomous abortion rights are built into the Constitution, and that any legal barriers which prevent mothers from aborting their children are unconstitutional. This is the famous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the US. And since it became legal some 45 years ago, nearly 1.5 million babies have been aborted each year in the US.
But abortion has been around for a lot longer than 40 years. It was first described by the ancient Greeks and Romans even before the time of Christ. Plato and Aristotle are recorded as promoting abortion as a way to control family size, to hide the result of illicit sex, and to preserve the feminine sex appeal and “not to trouble the womb with bouncing babies.”
The methods ranged from introducing various poisons and/or drugs into the body, either orally or directly into the womb, to binding the woman in very tight ropes or cloths to literally squeeze the womb and crush the life of the child. Others would locate the baby in the womb and take a hard object and hit the baby through the stomach in an effort to kill it. Sometimes they would even use blades or hooks up the birth canal.
Sadly, we still use some of these same methods today. There are two categories of abortions performed today–in-clinic abortions and the abortion pill. The abortion pill is the most common type of abortion performed today–it is used up until the tenth week of pregnancy. Two pills are taken within a few hours of each other–the first blocks progesterone, which destabilizes the lining of the uterus and in short order terminates the pregnancy. The second pill causes the uterus to contract in an effort to expel the tissue. In other words, the woman enters labor and miscarries the baby.
There are now four or five states where this can be done via telemedicine, which means you can FaceTime a doctor from your home, explain your situation, be prescribed the pill, and pick it up from a local pharmacy without ever entering a clinic. It can be private, easy and convenient.
When the pregnancy gets into the second trimester, the baby is too large–so a surgical procedure is necessary. This is called a D&E, Dilation and Evacuation. The abortion provider introduces forceps (sort of long, thin, surgical pliers) into the womb to dismember the fetus by seizing a leg or arm and twisting it until it tears off and can be pulled out of the uterus. This will continue until only the head remains. Finally, the skull is crushed and also pulled out. The body parts must then be reassembled to ensure that the entire baby has been removed.
In late term abortions, or partial birth abortions, the baby is injected with poison, and then labor is induced and the mother gives birth naturally to a stillborn. These make up a small percentage of abortions and are only legal in eight states. There is currently discussion and legislation in some states for afterbirth abortions–that is the abortion of a baby in the first 72 hours after birth.
Make no mistake, abortion comes straight from Hell. Jesus said in John 8 that Satan is a murderer and has been one from the beginning–and abortion is murder. He stands opposed to all that God is doing and there is no more forward attack than to go into the womb of a mother and destroy the unique work of God. It is a heinous evil that defies the dignity of life and is akin to holocaust.
You are most likely to have an abortion if you are between 20 and 30 years of age, if you are in an urban city, if you are in a lower socio-economic level, and if you are a black American. The numbers are staggering. And statistics show that one in three abortions are associated with those inside the Church.
As we examine the topic of abortion tonight, I’d like to address two groups of people–those touched by abortion, for those who have had an abortion, or in some way been touched by it, both women and men. Those who have encouraged abortions, paid for abortions. This may have been forty years ago or it may have been last month. I want to thank you for coming tonight. And I admire you for your boldness to confront your past.
It is my heart to speak in an empathetic way. I cannot personally relate to your struggles, I openly admit that–but my heart is filled with compassion, care and hope. And my desire is to help and not to hurt. If I speak in an uncaring way and I offend you because of a lack of care, then please forgive me and know it is not my aim.
But let me be clear–this will be a tough message to listen to. Difficult memories will be stirred up tonight. Feelings of regret, emptiness, shame, self-loathing, despair and a host of other emotions are already swirling in your heart. Maybe you have locked this deep in your past and thrown away the key. Maybe you have never told another soul. You have suffered in the lonely silence of anonymity, hoping time will heal the deep wounds of your past.
But my friend, there is no healing apart from the cross of Jesus Christ. There is no hope of forgiveness, of relief, of closure, or of peace outside of the freedom that is found in Christ. He bore your sin and your shame, and in His death conquered sin and set us free. If you feel the weight, guilt, and shame of your sin, then you need bear it no longer.
Speaking of Jesus, Isaiah 42:3 says, “A battered reed He will not break off, and a smoldering wick He will not put out, until He leads justice to victory.” Jesus came to rescue, to restore, and to heal our brokenness. For those in Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us you are “a new creation. The old things have passed away, behold all things are new.”
First John 1:7 says, “The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” Lamentations 3 declares, “God’s mercies are new every morning.” And when the guilt of sin seeks to overpower you, with confidence you can remember that there is now no condemnation in Christ (Romans 8). And you have peace with God (Romans 5). To believe the lie that you are outside God’s grace or unusable now, or consigned to some corner of the Church–let me remind you that Moses, David, and Paul all took lives, all murdered others, and God forgave and used them in mighty ways for His glory.
Maybe it is time to come out from the shadows and use your suffering to help others. Second Corinthians 1:4 says, “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.” Your suffering, your past is not in vain. Allow God to use it to help others who are dealing with similar struggles–more to come on this later.
To the Christian who is not involved. The second group of people are those who love Jesus Christ, but have never taken a stand or been active or even really know about abortion. Maybe you have turned a blind eye to this–“I don’t know anything about it, it doesn’t happen here, it’s not my ministry, I don’t get into politics, what can I do?”, etc. And so you have done little in this. If you feel the conviction and weight of this, then welcome to the club.
We are all guilty and this is sin. We have been called to love our neighbor. We have been called to love the least. We have been called to care for orphans in their distress. And yet, we are so busy, so distracted, and caught up in other things, and to our shame we put this out of our mind. Tonight ends the apathy of ignorance and begins the responsibility of knowledge. This message is not designed to increase the amount of information in your grey matter, but to drive you to a response out of love for God and love for your unborn neighbor.
As you listen to this message, may I caution you to listen carefully. Beware of the tendency to think you are above this, that you would never do this. Refrain from looking down on those who are dealing with this from a seat of self-righteousness. We are all broken sinners. We have all broken God’s law in shameful ways. We are gathered here not to throw stones, not to condemn, not to compare ourselves. My friends, the ground is level around the cross. We are all under the blood of Christ.
The horror of abortion should bring us to our knees to cry out to God, “How long, O Lord?” And it should drive us to action, to love the least and defend the innocent, while we show compassion and empathy for those who are churning in the wake of abortion.
I have preached on abortion many times, and looking back, it has always been out of a desire to do something, to help, to take a stand–and that desire is stronger than ever. But I have missed a piece and God has grown me in empathy and compassion for those dealing with the effects of abortion. This sin has the potential to split the soul in two and to leave a person permanently emotionally disabled. And the heart of Christ is to bind up and heal broken people–and the heart of FBC is to be a place where that happens through love, counseling, and life on life empathy.
There are many ways to approach abortion. We can look at the scientific evidence. We can discuss philosophy and ethics. We can even argue over legislation. But tonight, we will examine the Biblical perspective and allow God to weigh in on the issue. We will uncover seven worldly lies and contrast them with biblical truths. My goal is to inform your mind, kindle your heart, and call you to action, so that none of us leave here unchanged.
1. Worldly Lie It’s not a baby–it’s just a mass of tissue
This is one of the most common arguments given. It’s just a primitive clump of cells, a collection of tissue, a nonviable organism, an undifferentiated blob of protoplasm. It’s not a baby yet. Life has yet to begin.
The Planned Parenthood website says the abortion pill causes cramping and bleeding that empties the uterus. You will pass clots and tissue and have cramping, but will be back to normal usually by the next day. According to the Planned Parenthood website, “Suction abortion uses gentle suction to empty your uterus.” They argue that this is a simple procedure, not one in which you are taking a human life, but one in which you are terminating a pregnancy.
But the Bible teaches . . .
Biblical Truth LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION
God Himself personally creates every life. Psalm 127:3 says, “Children are a gift of the Lord.” They come from His hand. They are His unique creation. He opens the womb and Genesis 20:18 says that He can also close the womb. Creating the life of a human being is the sovereign work of God. In fact Job 12:10 says that in God’s hand is the life of every living thing.
Turn with me to Psalm 139:13–this is one of the most definitive passages in the Bible that talks about God’s active involvement in the womb.
“For You formed my inward parts [my heart, my lungs, my kidneys, liver, and other vital organs]. You wove me in my mother’s womb. [Literally, stitched me together] 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You [bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons], When I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth [the “depths of the earth” is a euphemism for the womb, the hidden place, secret place]. 16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them” (Psalm 139:13 to 16). This is God, personally, intimately involved in the very first stages of life. And I love Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.”
The late Dr. Jerome LeJeune, who discovered the genetic link to Down syndrome said, “After fertilization has taken place, a new human being has come into being. This is no longer a matter of taste or opinion. Each individual has a very neat beginning, the moment of its conception.”
The baby’s heart starts beating 21 days after conception. Four days later, it will be pumping blood throughout the embryo’s tiny body, beating approximately 54 million times before birth. During week four, the brain begins dividing into its three primary sections and the arms and legs take shape. Hands and feet emerge after four weeks. After six weeks, the brain emits measurable brain impulses, and the embryo responds reflexively to stimulus. All of this before most women even know they are pregnant.
Distinct leg movements and hiccups have been observed after seven weeks. Fingers and toes are now separated and the embryo develops the ability to smell. After eight weeks, though the baby is less than two inches long, every organ is present and in place. At nine weeks, fetuses are capable of sucking their thumb, grasping objects, responding to touch, and doing somersaults. By week ten, the child squints, swallows, and frowns. By week twelve, the child is kicking, curling his toes, making a fist, moving his thumbs and opening his mouth–all of this in the first trimester.
In the remaining trimesters, nothing new develops or begins functioning. The fully intact child only grows and matures. It is an indisputable fact that every surgical abortion stops a beating heart and stops already measurable brain waves. Abortion then is not just a procedure that terminates a pregnancy–it is the murder of an innocent and defenseless human life.
2 Worldly Lie This fetus is not a person yet
This argument says we understand the science that life begins at conception, but the embryo or fetus is not yet a human being. It is a developing human, but does not have the rights of personhood until some further point of development. In short, it is not yet a person and therefore has no rights. It begs the question, at what point does it become wrong to intentionally destroy a developing human being?
In a survey taken, 66% of Americans thought abortion should be legal in the first trimester, but only 10% believed that it should be legal in the third. Why the discrepancy? Because a third trimester abortion kills a baby, and a first trimester baby kills a bunch of cells.
Contrary to this, the Bible says . . .
Biblical Truth HE OR SHE IS AN IMAGE BEARER
Let me say this clearly–every adult, every teenager, every child, every infant, every fetus, and every embryo is made in the image of God and that brings value and personhood to every created being in the womb, no matter how small. In Genesis it says, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:26 to 27). What does this mean? Why is this important? You are not a mere mortal, your existence is not just flesh and bones–that is, just a shell, a vessel, a repository in which the very image of God dwells. You are immortal.
In addition, we have been given the capability for relationships. We can love and we can hate. We can understand. We can feel, we can think, we can choose, and we can act. All those things that were given to us are part of the image of God. And because of this, man is assigned a high value by His creator–so high, in fact, that murder is wrong because it takes the life of an image bearer. Isn’t that what Gen 9:6 says? “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.”
The reason abortion is wrong is because it takes the life of an individual made in God’s image. One writer said, “The value of a single human soul is a staggering thing. In the biblical economy, the value of one human soul exceeds that of the entire material universe combined. Souls are eternal. Gold and diamonds are not.”
The arguments over when the fetus possesses personhood are called decisive moments–viability, when life can be sustained outside the womb. But as medical science advances, so does the age of viability. This means that viability has more to do with the ability of medical technology to sustain life outside the womb more than the essence of the fetus. It relates more to the fetus’s location and dependency as opposed to personhood.
Sentience–the ability to feel pain confuses the experience of harm with the reality of harm. It does not make logical sense that the fetus cannot be harmed simply because it cannot feel pain. It is like saying, if I was paralyzed from the waist down and cannot feel pain–but you amputate my leg, that would still harm me. This does not have much to do with personhood.
In birth, nothing from the minute before birth to the minute after birth changes for the baby, except its location–that is, it is now outside the womb. This is the reason Kermit Gosnell, the partial birth abortionist, is in jail after three botched abortions, in which live babies were delivered and he then cut their spinal cords to kill them.
Every adult human being is the result of the continuous growth from conception to adulthood. The development has no relevant breaks that change the nature of the fetus. From the beginning, conception, a fetus has all the capacities necessary to mature into a full adult.
3 Worldly Lie This is my choice because this is my body
I can do what I want with my body. I didn’t ask to be pregnant. I don’t even want this baby. This is an intrusion into my personal life. Some are even calling unwanted pregnancy “the second sexually transmitted disease.” And they say, “If you can’t trust me with a choice, how can you trust me with a baby?” And so the argument is, “It’s my body, I have a right to choose what to do with it.”
And I would agree–a woman does have a right to choose what to do with her body. But in this case, the choice has already been made. She chose to give herself to another person sexually, and in that act she made her choice. And now God has made His–He has granted a baby, a new life, a gift–an eternal soul made in His image.
You see, once a woman is pregnant, she cannot choose whether or not she wishes to become a mother–she already is a mother. All that is left for her to decide is whether she will deliver her baby dead or alive. She may not have wanted to be pregnant. She may not have asked for it. It may not have been on her timetable, but every action has a reaction. Every cause has an effect.
Biblical Truth YOUR BODY IS NOT YOUR OWN
The Bible teaches that your body is not your own. Young men, I want to include you in this. Abortion is not a one person deal–it never is. There is a male involved in every single abortion. He may have been a one-night stand and out the door months ago, or he may be encouraging the abortion–but guys are pressing and pressing and pressing to have their physical desires met. And in an effort to keep their guy happy, girls finally relent. The old saying is true, “Guys give love for sex and girls give sex for love.”
But listen to me, young men and young women. Your body was not given to you to satisfy your own sexual desires, but rather to live in a way that shows off Christ. As a Christian, you are called to be different. And there is no more radical way to be different in this culture than to stand for purity. Why don’t you have sex? Why aren’t you like every other guy? Because I love Jesus Christ and I have given my body to Him. If you claim Christ, this is your reality. Romans 12:1 says, “present your body to God a living and holy sacrifice.”
This is the simple truth. Your life is not your own–you belong to Christ. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19 to 20). “And He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf” (2 Corinthians 5:15).
Young man/young woman choose wisely right now. Choose to protect your purity so that you don’t have to make a much more difficult decision down the road. Think about this–each of us has violated God’s perfect standard and in our rebellion we became His enemies. The Bible defines this as sin. God had every right to judge us, condemn us and banish us from His presence forever.
But God didn’t leave us there. He made a choice. A choice to love. A choice to sacrifice. A choice to give up His freedoms. Unlike saying, “It’s my body, so it’s my choice,” Jesus willingly laid down His life and thought not of Himself, but rather of you and me. He chose to submit, He chose to go to the cross, He chose to put the needs of others above his own. He made a choice for us. And I am so glad that He did–aren’t you?
4 Worldly Lie No one will know
Abortion is a secret. It is a very private thing. In the state of California, an underage girl can get an abortion without parental permission. All she needs is about $500 and a ride to and from the abortion clinic. No one knows, and no one needs to ever find out. The paperwork is signed, the abortion is performed and no one is ever the wiser.
But the Bible says that someone is watching. The biblical truth is that God will hold each of us accountable for our actions.
Biblical Truth GOD WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE
He sees all and knows all. “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13).
And the eye of God is uniquely drawn toward the innocent and the defenseless in compassion and care. “A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows” (Psalm 68:5). “He is the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe. He executes justice for the orphan and the widow” (Deuteronomy 10:17 to 18).
God will not look the other way. He will not let the sin of abortion escape–He will execute justice. Listen to Proverbs 6:16 and 17, “There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood…” God hates hands that shed innocent blood. Can you think of a more suitable application of hands that shed innocent blood than the sin of abortion?
Do you remember in Genesis 4, after Cain killed Abel? “The Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother?’ And he said, ‘I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?’ 10 He said, ‘What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground’” (Genesis 4:9 to10). God personifies the blood of Abel, saying that it is calling to Him from the ground. The blood of the innocent stains the ground and cries out for what? What is it crying for? It cries out for justice.
Listen carefully, the blood of millions of countless babies that have been murdered while still in the womb stain the streets of America. And their blood cries out to God. We are a nation of murderers who have substituted the “sanctity of life” for “quality of life”. We have discarded those who have been made in His image and have replaced it with a choice. And we are guilty. Ecclesiastes 12:14 says, “God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”
“Abortion is not just evil–it is a monstrous evil. I’ve spent my whole life studying theology, teaching theology, and I can tell you, if I know anything at all about God, I know that God hates abortion, and I know that he will not tolerate this forever.” (R.C. Sproul)
5 Worldly Lie I’m unwilling to sacrifice my future
This is probably the most common reason given for abortion. I can’t have a baby right now–what about my social life, my education, my career, my future? This was not part of my plan. I will have to drop out of school, bear the shame and embarrassment of pregnancy, And I will not be able to do what I want with my life.
One feminist leader said, “Most people are pro-life with three exceptions: rape, incest, and ‘my situation.’” In essence, what this is saying is that I am willing to sacrifice my child to the idol of success, autonomy, money, and convenience. Though most women don’t have it in their mind that they are sacrificing their children to a false god, this is exactly what abortion is.
Biblical Truth CHILD SACRIFICE IS DEPLORABLE TO GOD
The word abortion may never appear on the pages of Scripture, but child-sacrifice does. “For every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their god” (Deuteronomy 12:31). And God hates it–God hates child sacrifice. “They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons, and shed innocent blood. The blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with the blood.” (Psalm 106:37 to 38).
The people of Israel had gotten so screwed up in their thinking that they willingly put their little children into a fire as an act of worship to an idol. Today’s abortions are no different. You are not laying your child at the feet of a wood or stone idol, but you are sacrificing them to the gods of convenience and self and freedom.
These are powerful gods. In short, abortion says, “I am willing to kill my baby because it interferes with my life.” And in that statement, you have just elevated yourself into the seat of sovereignty–that is idolatry. It is the worship of self, and ultimately, that defines abortion.
6 Worldly Lie I have a good reason—rape, incest, genetic defects
Rape and incest are horrific evils in which a woman is forced against her will to have sex. There are some in this room who are victims of this type of abuse and it is a sensitive subject. The argument in each of these areas is that I have a good reason to abort the baby. I was forced to have sex and I don’t want the offspring of this monster who attacked and forced himself on me. Or, the baby will be worn with spina bifida, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy. I don’t want a baby that is damaged. I have a good reason to abort and start over.
Biblical Truth GOD IS IN CONTROL
The biblical truth is that God is in control. How can you say God is in control of a rape and why would He allow such evil? I cannot say. I am not God, but I do know the character of God. I do know what He has promised in His Word. I do know that He is faithful and true and that His mercies are new every morning. I do know that He is working everything together for good for those that love God.
I do know that His ways are not like our ways. I do know that sin and suffering was not His desire for us, but was something that we chose. And even when we can’t see the why, we are called to trust Him. This was the case with Job, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).
Even though Job didn’t understand, He trusted God. He knew that God was in control, and He put His life in His hands. And here is the bottom line–rape, incest or otherwise doesn’t change the fact that this is the creation of God. Life is created by God. You say, “Well, what about a baby with birth defects? Are they a gift from the Lord?” Listen to Exodus 4:11, “The Lord said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?‘” (Exodus 4:11).
In John chapter 9 Jesus actually said, “This man was born blind for the glory of God.” God has His purposes. He opens and closes the womb for His purposes and His glory and we can rest in that. Rape and abortion are both acts of violent assault against an innocent victim. Aborting a child conceived through rape simply extends this pattern of violence and victimhood. It does not “unrape” the woman. Whereas rape is an act of violence for which she bears no responsibility, abortion is an act of violence for which she is morally culpable.
7 Worldly Lie I feel trapped–I don’t have any other options
Biblical Truth LET JESUS CARRY YOUR BURDEN
The lie of the world is that I need to internalize this, keep it secret, deal with it on my own and get it done. You are alone. You are scared. You are under tremendous pressure. What do you do? If this is you, then listen to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ and find comfort and hope.
“‘Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light’” (Matthew 11:28 to 30). Wont you come to Christ and find rest for your souls?
The second verse of one of my favorite songs says stop the downward spiral of bad choices–there is hope. There are people here tonight who can help you. There are other options beside abortion, including carrying the baby to term and then giving it up for adoption. Such a hard choice, and yet in light of what we have heard, a good choice.
In conclusion, if you have had an abortion, my purpose in preaching this message is not to open old wounds or to press your face in your past sins. I can only imagine the pain and sorrow that you have dealt with. If I have offended you or you feel I have been harsh or condescending in any way, then please forgive me and know that was never my intent.
But please hear this. There is only one place to go to have your sins forgiven and your past removed, and that is at the cross of Christ. Only He can bind your broken heart. Only He can forgive and wash you clean. “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:10 to 13).
“‘Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light’” (Matthew 11:28 to 30). Won’t you come tonight. Won’t you find forgiveness and rest in Christ. If we can help you in any way, please come talk to us tonight.
For Christians saying, “What should I do?” This morning during communion, God revealed my sin to me in a very clear way–He broke me under the weight of it. And anytime we see this type of sin, we remember the forgiveness that has been offered to us in Christ. We are sobered by the reality of our own failings–and yet we remember that Christ is not still on the cross. He Is not in the grave, He conquered death, He rose victorious. He is seated on His throne–and He calls us to live as good Samaritans, to love the least, to choose to empathize with the suffering, to be His hands and feet.
The cross is a demonstration of the love of God and now we have that love in our hearts. At the same time, the cross is an example that God will not let sin go unpunished. He will avenge. A day is coming when He will right every wrong. He loves justice and He will not let this go on forever.
Until that day, when He returns to make all things new, we must stand for the weak and love the hurting and live as Kingdom citizens in a world that is getting darker and darker. May God grant us help, may He guide us in this, and may He bring an end to this sin soon. Let’s pray.