The Christian Post recently featured a horrific story of a young woman by the name of Emily Letts having a public abortion via video she later made public on Youtube. Granted, the actual procedure was not filmed. However, the process was nevertheless presented and documented and the video shows Emily going through the motions before and after the abortion. What is so shocking about the story is that the media has given very little coverage and society has given no outrage at all. It is difficult to imagine that we have come to this point in Western civilization. Where we have become accepting of the public murderer of infants without any outcry or formal protest. This is simply indicative of a postmodern worldview that many have adopted which teaches people that children in the womb are not really human. In fact they have come to be regarded as subhuman until they exit the womb supporting what the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, had already publicly expressed, namely that she did not regard a life beginning at conception and that what is in the womb is not actually human until birth. Richard’s statements are in complete antithesis to the biblical worldview which states that a life begins at conception. When David said he was conceived in iniquity he was referring to himself, “my mother conceive me” (Ps. 51.5). The point is that David considered himself a human person from the womb. That means that David saw that a person even within the womb not only has personhood but he or she also has dignity, meaning and worth. Materialism is totally inconsistent at this point. In fact, if materialism is true then human dignity is something that is totally conventional, relative, and imaginary. The hypocrisy is in the fact that people don’t actually live this way. Everyone lives with a sense of morality, transcendent morality, where ethical norms are woven into the very consciousness of our culture and that people have inherent worth. But this is precisely what the biblical worldview has always taught. Scripture from the very beginning has assigned meaning, morality, and dignity to man. This is of course because we are created in the image of the Creator who above all else possesses infinite worth and infinite dignity (Gen. 1.26-27).
While Emily Letts’ decision to publicize the murder for her unborn child for what she deemed to be a “positive” reasons, the truth is that her decision cannot be characterized as anything less than vile. The act is vile, the platform given to her by modern medicine is vile, and culture that tolerates and even encourages or rather celebrates her decision is vile as well. This is a total disregard for human life and it shows just how narcissistic and selfish our myopic culture has become. The truth is that only the gospel possesses the answer for all sinners for liars, for adulterers, for homosexuals, and for murderers like Emily Letts.
On a social level the Blaze recently featured an
countering the supposedly positive benefits of abortion by featuring five women who testified to the adverse effects that abortion had for their lives including guilt, inclination to suicide, and long lasting psychological trauma. Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director led up the testimony of the five women. The Blaze reported:
In the post, “Our Five Surprises After Abortion,” Johnson shared her own personal story, saying that she never considered how her two abortions would impact others, including her four children.
“One day in the car, my daughter (out of nowhere) asked if someday she would be able to see her siblings in heaven. I asked her what she meant…honestly, hoping that she was not talking about my own two abortions,” Johnson wrote.
“She said that she knew I had two abortions and she wanted to know if she would ever get to meet those babies because she said, ‘in my heart, I miss them.’ I never knew I would pass that sort of heartbreak on to my children.”
What if anything can we learn from such gut-wrenching social evils as public portion? Unspeakable evil should always cause us to look towards unspeakable good, namely the goodness of God. God is not an abortionist He cares for His children He does not abandoned those whom He nurtures in His covenant love (Jer. 32.40). Long ago did Isaiah speak of God’s faithfulness in the face of such a vile and perverse generation such as ours. The prophet Isaiah speaks of the unfailing covenant love of God towards his people as greater than the commitment of a mother who might forget her own children:
Isaiah 49:15 15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the
son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.
Finally when we look to Scripture we find that the Bible has much to say about little children and they’re worth their dignity and the beauty of their creation even from the womb:
Psalm 139:11–16 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” 12 Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You. 13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; 16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.
Soli Deo Gloria
Emilio Ramos is the preaching pastor of Heritage Grace Community Church. Pastor Emilio is committed to the expository and exegetical teaching of the Word of God. Emilio is also the author of Convert, From Adam to Christ and the founder of redgracemedia.com- a media ministry devoted to the glory of God’s redemptive grace through Jesus Christ. He and his wife Trisha live in Dallas, TX.
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