It has been a while since I have written a public post about abortion. As with most subjects, I have decided to be much more careful and selective about what I say in the echo chamber of social media. There is a time to be silent and a time to speak, and I believe this is a time to speak.
My endeavor today is to avoid, as much as possible, the politics, statistics, and typical talking points on the subject. Those have been said a myriad of times from every side and I believe everyone is tired of hearing the opposing (and in many cases non-opposing) dialogues.
Today I have more of a story to share.
God has rescued me over and over again. He has saved me from others, from myself, and from unfortunate circumstances. I should have been dead at least a few times. I am not unique in this regard by any stretch. Even as you read this, many of you are thinking, “But you don’t know what I’ve been through.”
At 17, I had my first encounter with the living God. At 18, I learned beyond a shadow of any doubt that His name is Jesus, and I gave Him my life. The day I was baptized is to my knowledge the closest I’ve ever come to dying. Driving at 50 miles per hour, an emergency hatch from a school bus I was following broke off of the bus and broke through the back drivers’ side window about six inches behind my head. Had I been driving a mile or two slower I would not be here.
There’s a good chance could have never happened in the first place.
I was born in a very high risk pregnancy. My mother had the choice to abort me and the medical opinion was to do so. Today, I can thank God, my mom, my grandma, and probably others I don’t know of who helped influence and support the decision to keep me alive at great risk.
Fast forward to adulthood.
In 2007, I had an open vision. Yes, those still happen, and no, it did not alter my doctrine or view of the inerrancy of the Bible. The vision itself is not as important in this context other than it started a chain reaction of events that cemented the reality of abortion’s injustice in my conscience in a manner that no statistic or argument could ever do.
What I drew from my encounters with God were His emotions concerning the reality of abortion. He cares with love inexpressible by words every human to have ever been conceived. You can read the Bible and see that for yourself, but my exhortation today is for you to pray and humbly ask God if what I say is true. Ask Him to show His love for mothers, for those in the womb, and for all people in general.
I’m simply asking us to put down our talking points and seek the living God, who answers prayers, giving wisdom and grace to the humble.
Look into the Bible. In every generation where governments have legalized the killing of children, it was a direct secular and spiritual response to God’s plan of deliverance. Across the globe, to a greater extent than at any point in human history, governments are now legalizing the murder of children. I choose to imagine the great work of deliverance which God has planned for this generation.
By nature, injustice obviously precedes deliverance. Those who sow injustice reap wrath, and those who sow mercy reap deliverance. Forget the past. Maybe you’ve been on the other side of the issue and have had or encouraged an abortion. Repentance and trust in Jesus absolves you of your personal history, and along with it any guilt, regret, or sin. Sow mercy.
Do not neglect the will of God even if you disagree with it. Sometimes we have to choose to agree with God before our heart and mind is changed. This manner of humility will always be answered by God.
I have spent the last decade fighting to end abortion because God confronted me with the reality and severity of murder. Almost a third of my generation is dead. For many, heritage has ceded. The alarming rate of African-American genocide should terrify us. The blood guilt of the nations should make us weep. Abortion is murder.
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
-James 4: 4-10 (NIV)
-J. S. Marek