“Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord. Jeremiah 23:23-24 NKJV
A lot of people talk about the scientific ramifications of Roe v. Wade. We've seen the discussion evolve from one about a "formless clump of cells" to "the age of viability", but also "pain-capable" and several attempts at "heartbeat laws."
There are a lot of misconceptions about abortion in general. One of the most common, however, seems to be that it's an easy fix. That if a woman can get an abortion early enough, before anyone knows, that it will somehow wipe the slate clean. That she can continue living her life, unchanged. That no harm has been done and no one will see the outward evidence of a life "lived wrong".
But that's not how it works, is it? Because God knows. He already knew. And He weaved together that tiny new life, bone and sinew and bravely beating heart, crafting it for a crucible moment. He knew and loved that unborn child before He willed Creation into being, just as He knew and loved the mother who now carries her. Just as He loved you and me.
Because, to God, nothing is secret. Nothing. No sin, no thought. No baby. There are no secret pregnancies in God's eyes. An abortion will not erase an "unplanned" pregnancy. It merely compounds the perceived problem.
Only the precious blood of God's Son, Jesus Christ, can wipe out sin, forever breaking its dominion and sway.
That unborn child is not a sin, regardless of the circumstances that brought her into being; but abortion is the altar on which so many women are deceived into sacrificing that child upon. The Enemy lies, whispering that her baby's death is the only way things can be made right again.
The way to break the cycle is to bring that mother and father into fellowship with God's community of believers, love them and their child boldly and without condition, and love them well.
Christ forgave us so much, and we owe it to our brothers and sisters to tell them that the same waits for them at the foot of His cross. That there is no sin too great for His forgiveness, no situation too far past His redemption. He is a God near at hand, ready to walk with them through it all.
Because He, not an abortionist, is the only one who can make all things new.
Please join Care Net this week as we pray:
- For our church communities, that we would receive the broken and hopeless with open arms and without condition so that the love of Christ can seize and transform women and men.
- For forgiveness for any times in our own lives that we have doubted Jesus Christ's blood-bought ability to forgive and redeem all things.
- That women and men considering abortion will see the Church to be a safe harbor to which they can turn in their times of trouble.