I heard a former student of mine, who works as a nurse say years ago that, “If the womb had windows, there would be no abortions.” While I would like to believe that, I am not sure. Yet with ultra-sound technology, parents can now actually peer into a “window” months before their baby is born and see a clear image of their developing child.
Cortney Obrien reported on February 21, 2014 that New York City is a nightmare for unborn babies. A report from the New York Department of Health revealed that in 2012, more African-American babies were terminated (31,328), than born live (24,758).
Since I was born before Roe v. Wade, I am aware that every child born since 1973 could have been eliminated or exterminated in his or her mother’s womb with the blessing of American culture.
I was in high school on January 22, 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand. I believe it was a horrible decision to those who believe every life is sacred and precious. There is no one to whom life is more precious than God. He stated his value on life when He took on our ultimate enemy – death – and defeated it. He sent His one and only Son Jesus, who died and rose again, victorious over death. No question that God is pro-life.
But God is also pro-choice. I do not mean in the ongoing political sense of the debate about abortion. I mean in the reality that He has given each of us the free will to make choices about our lives.
Choices are part of life. We choose what to wear, classes to attend (or not) to fulfill graduation requirements, people to spend time with, and how to steward our time, talents, and finances. Some choices are not that big of a deal, while others have more significant consequences. Some we don’t think too much about, while we agonize over others for days or weeks at times. The effects of choices can be far-reaching.
God offers us eternal life and desires that we would choose to accept His gift and live under His rule. The Scriptures declare that living in His Kingdom is designed for human flourishing, so why settle for second best? God won’t force us to live in committed relationship with Him, but He will allow us to choose to accept or reject His offer.
Read Joshua 24.
Joshua reminded the Israelites of the great things God had done for them. They had to make a choice once again – to worship the gods of the Amorites or to worship and serve Jehovah, the one and only true God. Joshua challenged them, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…but for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (24:15)
Is God pro-choice? Yes. Is God pro-life? Yes. Jesus said He came to bring life (John 10:10). He has given us freedom to choose life to the max on earth now and eternal life in heaven after. Our other choice is eternal separation from Him. Serve globally. Choose to know Christ, love Christ, serve Christ, and build His Kingdom of life.
Love is a verb,
©2014 by Mike Olejarz