By now, most of us have read the articles, seen the news reports, and heard the angry feminists talk about how bad the Alabama abortion bill is for women. The Pro-Life groups are touting it as a massive success and are tooting their horns saying that we are finally moving in the right direction to reverse Roe v Wade. Both sides want us to believe that there’s a revolution brewing.
Can we believe the hype? As Christians should we be excited that a law has been signed that appears to be going in the right direction? There are many different opinions on this topic, some groups are saying it is simply posturing and making it harder to abolish abortion, others are saying that this is a good thing, fewer human beings (babies) will be slaughtered.
I think most everyone reading this article will agree that abortion is evil and a wicked act against image bearers of God. So I want to be clear, this is not about is it right or wrong. Abortion is wrong and should be punished by the death penalty. This is about celebrating laws that are incremental in nature and do not fully embrace biblical repercussions and sentences for guilty parties.
What do we do? We need to take all of the matter into consideration and determine the actual motives behind the law. And most importantly we need to know, what does the Bible say about this?
In Leviticus 20:1-5 we have the following discourse between our Lord and Moses;
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.
And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.
And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:
Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.”
Do we get it? Do we understand this? The Lord will set his face against the people of the land if they do not do something about this evil act committed against our most vulnerable neighbors. The truth must be spoken: Sacrifices to Molech are the same as abortion and the punishments here are the biblical prescription. Our Lord says that if we, that is the people of the land, do not put such a person to death, then we are guilty of the very same crime.
As Christians it is our duty to protect the innocent, the helpless, the weak, the sick. The Psalmist says in chapter 82 verses 3 and 4; “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.” Friends, does the new Alabama law accomplish this? Does it accomplish it enough?
I don’t have the answers; many people in our circles are much smarter than me. But, let’s be honest; a law that does not punish abortion as murder and does not have the same consequences for everyone that murders an innocent baby is unjust. My friends, should we be celebrating an unjust law?