Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and The God of Self

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“An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked. There is no fear of God before his eyes. For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin. The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good. Even on his bed he plots evil; he commits himself to a sinful course and does not reject what is wrong.” Psalm 36:1-4

A new video was released today, a new video of stomach-turning callousness and cruelty. As I watched it, I wept. I don’t really want to argue about what is and isn’t legal because, frankly, none of this should be legal at all. I don’t even really want to argue pro-life vs. pro-choice. I want to get to the heart of the issue. What is the real issue behind abortion? I don’t think it’s merely a question of when personhood begins or whose rights trump whose. No, it is deeper than that. The real issue is that mankind is in reckless rebellion against God and we refuse to bend our knee to Him and the authority of His word.

In our day, we are obsessed with our rights. We take them to be ultimate. Personal autonomy is our God. The right to whatever makes us happy is our moral absolute. The issue of abortion then, is that we throw off any claims of authority that God makes over our lives. He tells us life in the womb is sacred (Psalm 139:14-16)? We tell Him it is nothing but unwanted tissue. He tells us we are guilty of murder? We spit in His face and tell Him it is our right to choose. To hell with Him and His law. You see, at the heart of abortion is that we refuse to worship God and instead, insist on worshiping ourselves.

The first problem here is a logical one. I find it interesting how adamantly we insist on our right to disobey God when, without Him, we cannot possibly have any rights at all. The American claim to liberty and autonomy was founded on the basis that “we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights.” But if we reject the authority of the Creator, how can we still lay claim to the rights He gives us? And if there is no Creator, how can we have rights at all? The truth is that if there is no God, we have no rights. There is no truth. There is no justice. There is only “get what you can, while you can because tomorrow, you will be gone.” We can’t have our cake and eat it too. We can’t have the rights given to us by God without also submitting them to the authority of God.

The second problem is more serious. No matter how much we insist that we are our own God and authority, it doesn’t change the fact that we are not. God is God. We can pretend that is not true, but it always will be. We can say with the wicked man, “‘God has forgotten; he covers his face and never sees” (Psalm 10:11), but nevertheless, God has not forgotten and He does see. No matter how happily we make thrones for ourselves and dispense judgments that suit our own desires, we will one day stand before His throne and face His judgment. And that is a day we should all fear.

“All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations–a people who continually provoke me to my face” (Isaiah 65:2-3).

“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you..But when we continued to sin against [you], you were angry. How then can we be saved?” (Isaiah 64:4-5).

We are an obstinate people.  We believe that we can live wantonly and willfully free ourselves from the authority of the Almighty God, but we are “pursuing our own imaginations.” There is no God besides Him and one way or another, we will all bow before Him (Romans 14:11). We can choose to do it now or forever in an eternity of judgment and wrath. We all are guilty. There is no one who is righteous before God (Romans 3:10). No, not one.

But despite our rejection of Him, God made a way for us to be saved through Jesus. The wonder of the Gospel is that God refuses to let us refuse Him. He pursues us even as we run from Him. He holds out His hands to those who spit in His face. Even now, He is holding out his hands to the woman who mourns what she did to her child. He is holding out His hands to the victim of sexual abuse. He is holding out His hands to the doctor aborting babies and even those selling them. He is holding out His hands to all of us. How then can we be saved? “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you–even Jesus” (Acts 3:19).

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20 thoughts on “Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and The God of Self

  1. Thank you for your courage to tackle some of the tough issues facing our culture today. Your posts are well written, researched and most importantly point readers to the truth of God and His son, Jesus Christ. May God continue to bless your writing.

  2. greatmom55 says:

    So, Emma (or whatever your name is), you’re saying that there is never, ever a situation or personal circumstance that would justify abortion? You can say unequivocally that if your daughter was raped at the age of 12, impregnated by a psychopath, then forced to carry and deliver that child, you’d be okay with that, regardless of the psychological damage done to your daughter? You’d be on board with possibly ruining her life, as long as you saved the life of the baby, even if your daughter begged you not to put her through that trauma and stood to suffer irreparable damage? If the answer is yes, my deepest sympathies to your children, and I’d like to hear you explain to your daughter why her life is “less than” in your eyes. My God would never ask that of one of His beloved children. I’m sorry for you that yours would.

    You are, AGAIN, trying to connect the Planned Parenthood situation to every abortion ever performed, for any reason, and you have to know in your heart that’s disingenuous. Where on earth is your compassion for people who aren’t as “perfect” as you are and who aren’t equipped to deal with life as “righteously” as you? Good decision or bad decision, it should be THEIR decision, in consultation with their physician, not yours. Shame on you.

    • Bejabbers26 says:

      My question to you is why is the innocent baby’s life less than that of the 12 year olds? Because the father was a rapist? Because the life has just begun so the baby is “less alive” than the 12 year old? We are humans who should not be thought of as any less because the sins and wrongdoings of our fathers (or mothers or brothers or sisters). I have a daughter. The thought of her going through this particular situation is one that no mother wants to entertain. But for this sake I say that she would be taught that while what happened to her was terrible and something no one should ever have to endure, two wrongs do not make a right. I would tell her that carrying a life inside of you takes bravery and courage, and compassion and that there is a purpose for that little one, no matter how that baby was created. She would become strong and have support. She would know that she could make an infertile couples family complete. I think toward the future of my little girl who may one day look back at her decision of abortion and realize that a life was taken that day and how that would affect her. I’m not saying there would be no ramifications for the young girl who chooses life, but I believe given the right support and counsel she would be raised as a brave and courageous young woman with no possibility of regrets.

    • emmaschuch says:

      I think we both know that the majority of abortions are not a result of rape, but perhaps, you are right that I should distinguish between the different types of situations. That being said, no I don’t think there is ever an instance that would justify the abortion of a baby. I can’t say unequivocally what I would do if that happened to my daughter because I’ve never been in that situation. But what I believe I would tell my daughter is this: All human life is precious no matter how it was conceived. The right thing is rarely the easiest thing. The God I believe in actually promises that He will ask us to walk through very, very hard things, but He also promises to be with us and that He is big enough, strong enough to redeem any and all evil and to work good from any situation.

      • greatmom55 says:

        Your self righteousness is really, truly mind boggling. Good luck to you.

      • emmaschuch says:

        That’s the promise of the scripture and we know He can keep it because He rose from the grave.

      • greatmom55 says:

        Even more mind boggling is your lack of compassion for those who are simply not as equipped to cope as you profess to be. Compassion is not optional for a Christian. Remember that.

      • emmaschuch says:

        I don’t think I ever said I lacked compassion, but I don’t think compassion ever means compromising of conviction. If I knew someone going through this, I would certainly want to help equip them. We are equipped not through our own strength and righteousness, but through the power of Jesus and His word.

        Anyway,perhaps we should leave it at that. You obviously don’t like anything I have to say in my posts. Maybe you should just stop reading them.

      • greatmom55 says:

        Hmm…so that’s how it works…it’s all good until somebody disagrees with you, then you’d like for that person to stop reading, responding and simply go away. Conviction is a two way street, my dear. I am as entitled to mine, and as justified in mine, as are you, so if you choose to put yourself out there by posting or blogging or whatever it is you kids are calling it these days, then you must be prepared to meet with some resistance. As long as you post sanctimonious, self-righteous pontification, then others will continue to respond as they see fit. But feel free to skip right over my responses if that makes you feel better about yourself. I do not respond with belligerence or malicious intent. I merely happen to disagree with you and believe your attitude is absolutely lacking compassion and empathy, and if your prickly responses are any indication, it seems I’m touching on a few nerves. Enjoy your evening. 🙂

    • boomslang says:

      @greatmom55,

      Great response, and something tells me that you really live up to your blogging name 🙂

      In any case, as evidenced by your short exchange with the blog’s owner/moderator, you cannot and likely will not break through to people who will always side with their religious convictions over real-world problems. And what you say is true; people who view everything through a religious, “black’n white” lens should plan on being met with resistance. That’s not going to change, nor should it. Imagine if the ideas of slave-owning and burning witches were never met with resistance. Where would we be?

  3. greatmom55 says:

    Key words in your response are “given the right support and counsel.” Do you really think that every woman or child facing horrible circumstances has access to this wonderful support and counsel you are so bold as to suppose you could provide? Will you be there for all of them? Are you (as a conservative, I assume) willing to add even more single mothers and children to the welfare rolls about which you complain so vocally? Are you willing to advocate, mentor, support and counsel ALL girls and women, not just the ones you care about? if you are or even already do, then I salute you. If not, then you should — and rightly so — be allowed to make these difficult decisions for yourself. I totally support and defend your right to NOT have an abortion, but you are not qualified or entitled to make that decision for others. It’s that simple.

  4. emmaschuch says:

    It’s not that I mind disagreement. It’s that this conversation is going nowhere. You have a fixed view of me and I don’t think anything I say will be able to change that. And I don’t think you will be satisfied with anything short of me saying compassion means admitting it’s okay to have an abortion if you’re raped which I am simply not going to do. So you disagree with me. I disagree with you. And that seems to be just the way it is. But feel free to keep reading if that’s what you like. I wish you well.

    • greatmom55 says:

      Wow. Just wow. It’s really hard to wrap my head around the fact that a professed Christian could be so cold and calculated. Disagreement is one thing. Any reasonable adults can agree to disagree. But people who are really, truly good — deep down good — can at least attempt to empathize with the circumstances of others. Your attitude is truly frightening, and what’s worse, it’s shared by so many people who think they have the right to decide for others. Yet you would be one of the first to complain loudly and vocally should others try to dictate your life or religious beliefs. Hypocritical doesn’t come close to describing it. And you know, I don’t believe you do wish me, or anyone else who disagrees with you, well. As you said previously, you’d like us all to go away. You’ll be sorry to hear that there are millions of women who will continue to fight for the right to make our own choices without interference from unfeeling, hard hearted “Christians” who are arrogant enough to think they know what’s best for everybody else. How about I get to tell YOU how you should handle your reproductive choices??

  5. greatmom55 says:

    “I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.” Sister Joan Chittister

    If you are a true conservative, this sums up your outlook. Some serious introspection would be in order if these are the views you hold.

  6. Andrew says:

    I want to stay on topic but abortion would not exist if it was not for doctors or physicians make money doing it. It is easy to roll over and turn a blind eye to corruption and immoral activity or any other wrong doing by saying, “it is what god wants or god allowed it to happen or god will send his son again to judge all the wrong doing during the rapture “, political leaders pronounce their faith and you can really see what their actions really say. Even what corporations claim and what they do (hobby lobby and where do they buy there products? China! Say what you want and only do what is convenient for yourself. Companies and governments steal billions of dollars because of mind controlled people who believe and don’t look at real life for themselves. You don’t need faith to treat people how you want to be treated. I earn a dollar, the person I pay, should earn it from me.

  7. boomslang says:

    “[….] abortion would not exist if it was not for doctors or physicians make money doing it.”

    That’s not entirely true. Woman have been getting abortions since time immemorial, and this was well before sanitary, modern methods were available. Surely you’ve heard of the “coat hanger” method, which, in many cases, women performed it on themselves. But I agree with you when you point out that we don’t need “faith”(or religion) to treat other people how we wish to be treated.

    • Andy says:

      Now that you mention it yes, you are right… They have been going on for a long time. Come to think of it, some abortions happen because of the shame it would bring to a family and how it would look in the community. That strong faith, brings people to do it, because some “rules” weren’t followed. Or, the family kills the pregnant mother to protect their family name. With a woman raped, the mother will never be allowed to get married. The support system is (just guessing) nonexistent in other countries that don’t have our protections and rights.

  8. boomslang says:

    “That’s the promise of the scripture and we know He can keep it because He rose from the grave.”

    IOW, scripture substantiates the “promise of scripture”, aka, Circulus in probando.

  9. CThrash says:

    @ emmaschuch It baffles me as well how many people is this world are at war against God. That so many people are just more in love with themselves then with the one who created us. We all know sin when we see. Whats sad is even those who proclaim it is not sin know deep down that it is. You will never be able to convince the people that accept sin openly to openly admit they are wrong. Keep doing what your doing speaking Gods word. In the end thats all that really matters.

    • Boomslang says:

      “It baffles me as well how many people is this world are at war against God.”

      And as well do I find it baffling that believers can’t recognize when a nonbeliever discusses under the pretense that “God” exists to make a point and/or to facilitate discussion. Subsequently, said believers(e.g…you) then project a false dichotomy onto their interlocutor by asserting that, either, 1) one accepts God, or 2) one is angry at God(or are “at war against God”). Welp, there’s a third option: The utter lack of belief in God. Seriously, I really don’t believe that the Christian god has a referent in reality, just as you probably agree with me that the Muslim god doesn’t have a referent in reality. Does the latter fact mean that we’re both “at war against Allah”? Of course not, right?

      “That so many people are just more in love with themselves then with the one who created us.”

      Another false dichotomy, a la, if you don’t believe in the existence of invisible, conscious creator-beings, then, oh, you’re in love with yourself. Such a mindset is as preposterous as it is false. And BTW, my biological parents “created” me. I mean, had they not had sexual intercourse, I would not exist. The same goes for you and your biological parents, as does it go for everyone else reading this and their biological parents.

      “Whats sad is even those who proclaim it is not sin know deep down that it is.”

      So, let’s see, you know my mind and experiences better than I do. Yes, that would have to be the case in order for you to know that I secretly believe in “sin”, despite that I categorically state that I believe no such thing exists outside of the bible. In fact, “sin” is a relative thing, as it is (presumably) relative to what the god of the bible deems “evil”(Vs “Good”). That’s what “Divine Command Theory” proposes..i.e..what is moral is what God commands, ergo, morality is relative to what God commands.

      There is no “objective” morality found in the “Body of Christ”. There just isn’t.

      “Keep doing what your doing speaking Gods word. In the end thats all that really matters.”

      Yes, keep speaking God’s word, because it will surely keep the already-convinced convinced. After all, that’s what apologetics are for. Convincing the unconvinced with such arguments is another ball of wax, albeit, I do confess that the blog’s author is a good writer and I commend her for allowing dissenting views through moderation.

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