Regardless of where you find yourself landing on the issue of abortion, it’s one of the most pivotal and most volatile issues in America today. And no longer is it just an issue “out there.” We now know that 65 percent of women who have abortions self-identify as Christians.
Chances are that in the next few years you’ll be in a situation where a friend or a colleague will be facing a very real decision about whether or not to have an abortion, and she’ll ask you for advice.
Do you know what would you say? And do you know why would you say it?
Today, the core issue of abortion isn’t whether or not life begins at conception. Hardly anyone now is arguing that the fetus is not a pre-born baby. Instead, the issue is: Does the pre-born baby have an inalienable right to live under any circumstance, or does the woman have a right to terminate her pregnancy if the baby negatively impacts the welfare of her family or future?
These are polar-opposite views that people are deeply passionate about – often so passionate that they’ve been violent with one another.
Perhaps the greater question that we as Christians should first be asking is: What does God think about abortion?
There are two premises in Scripture that give us God’s view of abortion:
1. All of life is sacred and human life is the most valuable and precious commodity in the world.
From God’s perspective, each one of us is more valuable than all the money in all of the banks in the world!
How do we know when something has value? We look at its creator and designer, the protection afforded it, and the cost.
God says that each person has infinite value and worth because He made us. He made us in His image with the ability to create, think, respond and have fellowship with Him. And because we are so valuable, Jesus gave His own life to pay for our sins in order to allow for us to have a relationship with Him.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:20: You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
Jesus said: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
We matter so much to God that He sent His only Son, Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. That’s a huge price to pay! But God says we are worth it!
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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Chip Ingram is the senior pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, and teaching pastor and CEO of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over thirty years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. He’s the former president of Walk Thru the Bible, and the author of many books, including The Real Heaven. For more information on Chip, visit www.livingontheedge.org.