Series - Christians and Abortion

What Should Christians Think About Abortion? (Part 3)

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In the first two installments, we discussed some presuppositions that the pro-abortion and pro-life perspectives bring to this issue, and we saw what the activists in our secular culture are saying about abortion. We especially noted their attempts to normalize abortion to their target audience. Now, in this last installment, we consider what the Bible says about unborn children.

The Bible isn’t a medical textbook, and none of these passages are specifically about abortion, but they each speak to the sanctity of unborn children’s lives. As we discuss these passages, consider:

  1. what status do these unborn children have?
  2. does God consider them to be persons?
  3. what does the evidence show us He thinks about unborn children?

Luke 1:39-45

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb.

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What Should Christians Think About Abortion? (Part 2)

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In the first installment, we looked at two very different ideas of what constitutes “personhood.” The Christian perspective teaches people are “humans” because of what they are; it’s a structural concept. This is why elderly people, folks with dementia, the medically incapacitated, and unborn children, are “people” with a corresponding right to life. 

On the other hand, pro-abortion advocates seem to believe in a functional view of “personhood.” You’re a person if you can do certain things. If you can’t do these activities (like, say, an unborn child cannot), then you aren’t a person and you have no corresponding right to life - or even the status of “personhood.” We saw that this conclusion has a whole host of wicked implications. Should we euthanize all medically incapacitated people, for example, because they cannot perform the normal activities of “personhood?”

We also examined what it means to be made in the image of God, and drew some implications for unborn children and the sanctity of human life, in general. 

How are abortions done?

All I want to do here is speak matter-of-factly about the methods physicians use to perform abortions. If you cringe at these descriptions, ask yourself why you cringe. The reason is that God hardwired you to intrinsically know right from wrong! Here are the common methods used for elective, induced abortions

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What Should Christians Think About Abortion? (Part 1)

This article is adapted from a sermon, of the same title, I preached on 20 January 2019. The audio and video are here.

What should a Christian think about abortion? There probably isn’t a more personal, more sensitive topic a pastor can discuss. I hope this article helps Christians think about this issue deeply and constructively, that it presents a winsome, persuasive case for unbelievers, and also showcases God’s grace, mercy and love – even in the face of a terrible sin like abortion.

Defining the terms

I will be talking about induced abortion. There are different kinds of induced abortion:

  • Therapeutic: to save the life of the mother
  • Eugenic: to avoid a physical or mental handicap regarding child
  • Elective: a decision by mother (or both parents) to terminate the pregnancy

In this article, I’ll be talking about elective abortion. But, before we begin, it’s important for Christians to emphasize that God can forgive abortion. He can forgive anything, for anyone who comes to Him. Even though we’re each born as children of wrath, God is rich in mercy, grace, love and kindness (Eph 2:1-7).

Why is human life sacred? 

The best explanation of why human life is special and sacred is from the Book of Genesis. It says God created the first human being, gave him life, made him a living creature:

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