ABORTION: The perspective - not considered.

Everybody seems to have a perspective on the issue of abortion, and most views are based on either the rights of the unborn child or women’s rights. Even Christians seem to have missed an essential perspective regardless of their stance.

First, I think we need to tackle the government's rights concerning a woman's womb and an embryo. Our government is mandated to govern the citizens of this land so that we can live in a “perfect union.” To become a citizen of “these united states,” you must be born here or go through the proper legal channels to gain citizenship.

Based on the legality of United States citizenship, an unborn child is out of the governing jurisdiction of the government. However, the unborn child is still under the complete jurisdiction of the Kingdom of God, making the welfare and well-being of every unborn child an issue between the mother and God. Abortion may be a sin, but it is a sin to be handled solely under the jurisdiction of the Kingdom of God.

Our government has a lot of responsibilities and concerns that need their immediate attention concerning children born in this country and who are, in fact, legal citizens. So why are we not as up in arms concerning some of those crucial issues? Is it because the issue of abortion allows some to present themselves as more righteous, more religious, or more committed to God than others?

Some use biblical mandates and God as pawns in their game to justify their means. So we have the tainted self-righteous minds of politicians who have determined that the best way to deal with this “sinful” issue is to remove it as an option. We have lost all spiritual consciousness if we think limiting access to sin will stop sin. As if God would have never thought of that.

We have bought into the illusion that we, with our greater than God, self-sufficient, backward-thinking selves, have figured it all out. So, what should we do now? Maybe we should be bold enough to go before the throne of God and declare, “by God, I think we’ve got it?”

In John 8, when the “church folks,” you know the “righteous folk,” wanted to stone the woman they bought before Jesus because they caught her in the act of adultery, they never even made mention of the man who had to be present, if adultery was, in-fact, going on.

See, they just felt the need to put unrighteousness on display while appearing “righteous.” They were not really concerned with the righteousness of God, similar to the political agendas we see today.

The true righteousness of God is bound by consistency and the absent of hypocrisy. Jesus didn’t fall for the deception they were trying to use then, and God is certainly not accepting of it today. Notice in the scripture, Jesus’ only response was, “ye without sin cast the first stone.”

The womb of a woman and its content is not an issue for our government to tackle. It is a God issue. And as children of God, we must learn to stay in a child’s place.

“Free will” is a gift from God. Even our constitution acknowledges that, as the opening passage reads: “We the People of the United States, in order to form a perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” “Liberty” is described in our constitution as a “BLESSING,” further solidifying that our liberty is from God.

“Liberty” aligns with the gift of God's "free will." God put in place His laws, mandates, and commandments and holds us responsible for how we utilize our “free will”; this has been consistent since Adam.

Genesis 2:15-17 “So the Lord God took the man and settled him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely eat the fruit from every tree of the garden, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat.”

God could have simply not put the tree in the Garden of Eden or made it inaccessible to Adam, but He didn’t. Nowhere in the Bible will we find where God made anything unavailable to us. Nowhere in the Bible will we find where God ever told rulers, Kings, or governments to remove anything that would tempt the people to sin against Him. Why? Because “free will” is the initiating component that magnifies true love.

Let’s look at the gift of "free will" from another perspective, imagine you and your spouse are married for 10, 20, or 30 years and have built an incredible life together, and then one day, your spouse says, “I want to be honest with you about something. I only married you because I had no other choices” Even in your current state of happiness, those words and that truth would be a gut punch, indeed not a romantic or loving gesture.

God doesn’t want us to obey His Word because we have no other choices. He wants us to follow His word to choose His ways despite the available options.

Do you think we serve a God who couldn’t remove all sin and temptation from this world with the wave of His hand? But he hasn’t, has He? John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commandments” If keeping God’s commandments were our only option, that would not be evidence of our love for Him, just evidence of a lack of options.

Another thought… Would you want to spend eternity with someone you didn’t know for sure loved you? Without “free will,” the certainty of love is non-existent. Christian doctrine, our relationship with God, and our soul’s salvation all rest on the promise of eternity in the Kingdom of Heaven.

There is no question. God’s love for us is evident. God wants and deserves to know if our love for Him is genuine before He welcomes us into His home to spend eternity with Him. The genuineness of love is based on the choices we make.

Real love elevates despite the temptations. Real “love” chooses “love” even though another path seems more effortless or appealing. It’s easy to proclaim love when there are no other options. A love that can’t be tested can’t be trusted.

When God said if you love me, keep my commandments, He was essentially saying, “if you truly love me, trust the boundaries I put in place are for your good and my glory and choose to govern your choices accordingly” True love, plain and simple, is embedded in "free will."

The issue of abortion has more to do with the divine plan of God and His gift of “free will” and less to do with women’s rights. Acts 7:51 reads, “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, always resist the Holy Spirit. But, as your fathers did, so do you.” It is made very clear in this passage that God Himself does not restrict our "free will," so much so that we can opt to embrace or resist even the Holy Spirit.

We should never think for one moment that anything ever catches God by surprise. Our "free will" is a gift from an all-knowing God who knew we would use it to sin against Him, yet He still gave it to us. And despite our repeated acts of disobedience and disregard for one another, He has never rescinded His gift.

If we are going to stop abortions because we say it is sinful, sheds innocent blood, and takes the life of the innocent, then we have to recognize that truth and righteousness are undergirded by consistency, so:

  • Let’s make it unlawful for anyone to own, or possess any gun, even let hunters go back to using bows and arrows because guns have caused the shed of innocent blood and lives.

  • Let’s clean our shelves of alcoholic beverages, making it illegal to make, buy or sell because alcoholic beverages have caused the shed of innocent blood and lives.

  • Let’s also stop the sales, purchase, and usage of all prescription drugs because addiction to prescription drugs has caused the shed of some innocent blood and lives.

  • And let’s not forget to call for a shutdown in the media industry because there is content that has been produced, is being produced and will continue to be produced and available through social media outlets, video games, television shows, movies, and even musical lyrics that have encouraged actions and reactions that have ended with the shed of innocent blood and lives.

  • And since we know that most abortions are done on single women, biblically speaking, they either fornicated or committed adultery. So let’s make sure we outlaw fornication and adultery and impose strict laws and penalties that apply to both men and women, so there is less of a need for even the consideration of abortion.

Now, this is starting to sound a bit ridiculous and out of hand, wouldn’t you agree? Our minds are programmed not to see past violating another right without considering that every sin is first against God. The “free will” God gifted us, as crazy as it sounds, extends to us a God-given right to, yes even, sin against Him.

When we choose to utilize our “free will” to commit a crime against another, which violates their freedom, their free will, life, or livelihood, our government is mandated to protect its “citizens” just in reprimanding and punishing all criminal activity.

Sin is not the will of God or the will for our lives. But we can be sure that before He created us, He knew we would use our gift to violate His will, but again He who is All-Knowing, All-powerful and perfect, still chose to give us “free will.”

So we would have to conclude that our “free will” is so purpose-filled and exists as part of a much larger plan than we will ever truly grasp. Isaiah 55:8-9“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

We want to proclaim to be worried about people perishing. The remedy for that is to trust God’s Will, His Ways, follow His plan and make sin inaccessible. He has never made part of His plan. Hosea 4:6, “My people perish for the lack of knowledge.”

If we are truly committed to stopping people from perishing from the womb to the rocking chair, we have to stop the hypocrisy in and out of the church, in and out of politics and begin to exalt the true Word and Knowledge of God.

If the government takes away the “free will” of a woman to choose abortion because they deem it unrighteous, then in the spirit of righteousness, what light are they willing to shed, because true righteousness always sheds light. Daniel 12:3 reads: “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens.”

  • So is our government prepared to erase the cost of childbirth

  • And since our government wants to declare they are obligated to protect the child in the womb, then upon conception, is the government prepared to allow the mother to name the unborn child, issue a birth certificate along with a social security number and allow the mother to begin to claim the child on their taxes while still in the womb.

  • And is the government prepared to guarantee that every child will have access to a college education in the field of their choice without the debt of student loans.

  • Is our government prepared to provide all single mothers with free childcare?

This is what righteousness and light in darkness look like.

Outlawing abortions will not save the lives of babies. Since the beginning of time, humans have been diligent about pursuing whatever they determined in their minds to due, this is an incredible characteristic, but again “free will” allows us to use every aspect of our being the way we choose. So abortions will still go forth, just not in safe environments and not under safe conditions, essentially costing the lives of women who are already mothers, grandmothers, sisters, students, and daughters.

It’s an ugly trade-off, and according to the Word of God, we have no authority to determine one life more valuable than another. The life of a priest is no more valuable than the junkie in the crack house who just snatched a woman's purse.

James 2:1-4 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

All life is valuable because God created all life with purpose, and exalting one life over another disrespects God, Our Creator. We are charged as believers to spread the gospel with the intent of allowing the hearing of the Word to transform lives and save souls, not with the force of our minds and hands.

In all actuality, don’t take this the wrong way. We have more reason to be worried about the soul of the woman seeking an abortion than the life of the unborn child. As believers, we know the soul of the unborn child will return to God; it’s the soul of the mother that is uncertain.

Regardless of anyone’s choices, we as children of God are charged to be there for them sharing the gospel with love and gentleness, not ridicule, judgment, or shame. A woman who makes a choice to abort a pregnancy, her choice does not determine her soul's final destination; because as long as she has lived, forgiveness is available, and the Kingdom of God is an option for her eternity.

Hebrews 13:2 “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it”.

As children of God, we should be committed to exalting everything we do and say, every action and reaction in a manner that gives God the glory. Be Blessed

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