(This weeks guest post is by Esther Laws. Stay until the end to find out more about Esther!)
Well, you probably already know what this blog post is going to be about by the title. Bear with me, here.
When I tell people that I’m adopted, they usually don’t know what to say. They’ll look at me awkwardly, ignore me completely, or ask in a surprised tone: “You are?!”
Adoption is not an alien thing. Some of you have experienced it; maybe you’re adopted, some of you have heard of it or have a friend/family member/etc. who’s adopted. We, as Christians, should realize that technically we are adopted, through Jesus Christ, so that we can call God our Father. “He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.” – Ephesians 1:5. Being adopted has been a real blessing to me and has helped me better understand the concept of Jesus being my adoptive Father.
But how does being adopted relate to the issue on hand?
A lot of people view a fetus as tissue. That’s what you’ll hear over and over and over. It’s just tissue. It’s not anything important yet; it’s not a baby.
Taking that into account, what if my birthmother believed that? Not only that, what if she acted on it? What if I was aborted?
My birthmother totally could have aborted me. It would’ve been legal. She would’ve still had support from family and friends.
But she didn’t. And I love her for it. Because otherwise I wouldn’t be alive right now.
What a lot of people don’t get is that the fetus is a miracle. It’s tissue, sure, but it’s alive, it’s growing, it’s a little human being. You can call it what you want, it doesn’t change what it is.
If you’re a decent human being, which you probably are, I don’t think you’re going to find a troublesome baby (maybe it’s been crying 24/7) and kill it in order to shut it up.
Of course not! Babies are beautiful beings who are living, breathing children. It isn’t their fault they cry. It’s their way to communicate. They’re innocent; they don’t know right from wrong.
It’s the same with a fetus.
It’s a living, innocent human being. Nothing you can do or say makes it something different. They didn’t do anything wrong, it’s not their fault their mom is pregnant.
And we kill them.
Google defines murder as: “the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.” You may argue that abortion is legal.
Just because it’s legal, does that mean it’s right? Should we do things just because the law allows us to do them?
I recently watched the movie God’s Not Dead 2, where Grace Westly, a teacher, is sent to court because she talked about Jesus in her classroom. She said something that is very significant, and I would like to share it with you. After refusing to apologize to the board for speaking about Jesus in the classroom, when the board would’ve cleared all charges if she had done so, she told her attorney: “I would rather stand by God and be judged by the world, than stand by the world and be judged by God.”
In Canada last year (2019) there were a total of 85,195 abortions. That’s 85,195 babies that lost their lives to the cruelty of humans. 85,195 lives down the drain. 85,195 babies that never grew into adults.
But there is hope.
In the book Unplanned (which was also made into a movie), written by Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood leader, there is a recurring event that was started by the Coalition for Life (pro-life group) that prayed at the gate of Planned Parenthood. There was constantly someone praying at the fence surrounding Planned Parenthood. When Abby left Planned Parenthood, she met up with Coalition for Life and told them something amazing. Some of the leaders of the Coalition were discouraged, wondering if their prayers were doing anything, if they were worth it. Abby told them that when people were praying at the fence, a large percent of women who had scheduled abortions at the clinic never showed up. They would drive around the perimeter of the clinic, but never went in. This was classified information that Planned Parenthood kept secret, knowing it would encourage the pro-lifers.
And one other thing I forgot to mention. Planned Parenthood eventually closed its doors for good. It is now no longer in business.
See? Your prayers do matter. They do get answered. God’s working behind the scenes! He’s got a plan. He’s working through you to perform it. You’re His precious child, and He wants you to fight for those that can’t fight for themselves.
So, my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s take up that shield of faith and the sword of the spirit, and let’s fight for what we know to be true!
And it’s scary, I know. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12
But we have strength and hope and love. We have God. Let me leave you with a verse, one of my favorites. Hebrews 13:6:
“So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”
The Lord is your helper.
Do not fear.
For what can man do to you?
I would now like to share an eye opening snippet by the amazing Eliya Harshbarger 22 days after conception, and a babies’ heart starts to beat. That means all the blood cells, veins, arteries, capillaries, tissues, cardiac muscles, and so much more has already formed. 22 DAYS. Sure, the baby doesn’t have some of the things you and I do, like fingers, toes, eyes and ears, but it’s NOT just a bundle of cells. It is a human, stamped with our Creator’s image and fully capable of shaking the world. How could people in our modern day think it is just a nuisance?
They hear the term pregnancy and immediately think of all the pain and chores involved, not the joy of holding new life in your arms. We feel we the right to decide this tiny person’s fate. We kill millions on a whim, just because we don’t want to deal with them right now, or because their conception was an accident. Let me put this in perspective. In the holocaust, 11,000,000 people died. They were the unlucky victims of the Nazis, who were on a mission to destroy all those who they deemed ‘inferior’ to the supreme German race. But much more heinous acts are being committed in our cities today. In the US alone, about 2,900 babies each day are denied what the constitution says is an unalienable right. The right to life. **2,900. Every. Single. Day.**
One of America’s patriotic songs, “From Sea to Shining Sea,” says ‘God shed his grace on thee,’ But how can we ask God to favor something so deliberately set against what his words repeat over and over again? How could He support such deliberate disobedience? In Genesis 4:11-16, you can read how strongly God feels about murder.
A while ago, I wrote a short story on the subject of Abortion. The main character was a woman who ‘did away with’ her child. She felt no shame about it, even turning it into a joke with some close friends. The only twist? The child was a three-year-old girl. That should horrify you. No one would do that. The girl was a defenseless, and her mother took the life of one she should have protected, even to the point of death. But that is what we are doing, isn’t it? Abortion is accepted, even encouraged.
We are destroying the ones most needing our protection. But if you are reading this as one who has committed abortion, this post is condemning. A non-Christian would simply shrug it off and continue life. But us believers should be deeply convicted. You murdered another human being, one stamped with Christ’s Image. Our heavenly father cannot stand sin. His perfection and holiness are so complete that, when Adam and Eve ate the fruit, he knew our relationship would never be the same.
If you have found your refuge in the only One who can weather the storm of life, then simply saying “I’m sorry,” isn’t enough. God can only a heartfelt apology, with a sincere plea for forgiveness. But this is the part where God flips everything on its head. He makes a beautiful masterpiece out of the shattered glass of your life. When you ask Him to look at His Son’s righteousness instead of our filthiness, He will forgive you. No strings attached, no small print. He WILL forgive.
Esther Lawe spends much of her time writing, reading good literature, writing songs, and dancing. She has currently finished one novel, The Order of Veritas, and is working on editing it now. She loves her Lord Jesus Christ and strives to live for Him in whatever she does. One of her favorite verses is Hebrews 13:6. You can find her at her blog, Esther Josephine Writes.
Eliya “Ellie” Harshbarger has a big passion for writing and a big passion for Christ. Some of her favorite authors include N. D. Wilson, J. R. R. Tolkien, and C. S. Louis. When she was younger, she truggled with putting a pen and paper together, although you would never think that now! Even though she wasn’t a writer early on, she has always loved words. You can depend on her to be bursting with random facts you probably didn’t know and didn’t kneed to know.