"Did not He who made me in the womb make him? Did not the same One fashion us before our birth?"
Life matters to God, and it should matter to us. As the body of Christ, we no longer have the luxury of disunity. This matter of sanctity of life is one we must collectively fight to preserve. In the words of Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood clinic director, “Let us do everything that we can, not just to make abortion illegal, but to make abortion unthinkable in our society.”
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Life is God-given and valuable. We believe all life has worth; the life being formed in the womb, the mother who had an abortion, the father who never met their unborn child, the doctors and professionals who perform abortions. God loves everyone and there is neither height nor depth you can go to escape His grace. Our passion to protect the life of the unborn extends to forgiving those who have been involved in abortion as well. But all of it begins with standing up to say, “Life matters to God, and it matters to us.” As believers, we cannot stay silent as our nation plays God—it is literally a matter of life and death. By remaining silent, you are taking a stand, whether you realize it or not.
“On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent.”
In ancient times, a city was secured by their watchmen. He sat high on the wall looking in every direction and warned the city when impending danger was approaching. Without the watchmen, the people wouldn’t know threat of destruction was near.
There is a story of one city where the watchman sat day in and day out as the city grew and enjoyed time of prosperity and success. One day he spotted danger. As the threat drew closer, so did his fear … but not of the enemy. He feared how the people would react to his warning signal. If he sounded the alarm, it would interrupt commerce, celebrations, and the everyday life to which the people had grown so accustomed. He was afraid of how they would respond to him, not the situation. By the time he mustered the courage to signal the warning it was too late. The enemy was too close. The city perished, and later on in the same city someone erected a memorial that said, “Here stood a town destroyed by silence.”
We cannot fail to lift our voices and protect the life of the unborn. We value life, because life is beautiful, and we cannot be ashamed to say so. We as the church have to talk about it. If we are not teaching the sanctity of life we are doing a disservice to our children. If we are not teaching them about the value of life and what God’s Word says about His creation, how will they know? You do not have to look far to find propaganda in support of abortion, yet there are churches and Christians across the nation who remain silent as it becomes legal for parents to choose if their baby lives or dies after it is born. Johnson said, “I was very ignorant surrounding the topic of abortion. It was my ignorance, it was my naivety that led me inside the doors of the abortion industry."
What if the watchmen, the church, had signaled her first? What if before she stood by and assisted in a 13-week abortion, someone had told her that was not object in there, it was viable life perfectly formed by our creator?
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
God knows each of us, His creation, even before He forms us is our mother’s womb. Abortion is an act against our Creator. We must act in compassion and love to do all that we can to protect life. It doesn’t matter how high you lift your hands in worship, it matters what you’re doing with your hands everyday. We dare not be silent or the epitaph of our nation will be “Here stood a nation destroyed by silence.” Are you being the hands and feet of Christ?
If you have been involved in an abortion, know this: God is not mad at you, He is madly in love with you. God’s forgiveness reaches farther than you know. His grace and mercy are sufficient to cover guilt and shame. Psalm 32:5 says, “You forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” Maybe you are the watchman who is afraid to speak up, but your experience could very well save lives! Your voice could be the one that keeps mothers and fathers and bystanders from suffering the turmoil you have felt. God has a plan and a purpose for you, too!