One of my Messianic Jewish friends, Bill, posted this simple question on his blog ( evenifministries.wordpress.com/ ) . I thought it was so profound, and got down to the very heart of what it meant to have true faith in God. There has been a large Pro-Choice movement in the United States for decades; however, this moral ambiguity over the value of human life is now manifesting more and more inside of the church.
Do we make babies, or does God make babies? That is a simple enough question. To get to the foundation of someone’s belief system, you must ask them simple questions. When it comes to the issue of abortion, I would suggest anyone having an opinion to answer that simple question…..In this piece, I will explain my absolute Pro-Life position.
In April of 2004, a U.S. Army doctor explained to my eighteen year old, pregnant girlfriend, that she should “terminate the pregnancy.” She had a history of ovarian cysts, and the pregnancy was considered high risk. She was young and scared, confused and vulnerable. When she told me what had happened, I took the cowardly way out. “I’ll support whichever decision you make,” I told her. I left a scared eighteen year old to make a decision about a high risk pregnancy. She decided to abort, and I supported her decision.
It was the worst night of my life. I cried, not because I was a successful infantry squad leader, unmarried with a pregnant teenage girlfriend; but because I was a soldier, a soldier who had failed to defend the life of his child. I was raised differently. I was raised to believe that God created life, not me. My foolish actions resulted in a life that was created by God, and I had no right to question his decision.
——Did not he who made me in the womb make them?
Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?-Job 31:15
I hadn’t heard God’s voice in a long time, I had learned to tune him out. That night, though, everything I had been taught came flooding back. I knew I was in a difficult spot, a situation that I could easily escape with a simple decision; but that would require rejecting a voice inside of me that was clearly screaming, “You’re about to make a huge mistake!”
Do we create life, or does Adonai create life? It saddens me that many people don’t act upon the faith which they profess. To me, the answer to this question is plainly found in Scripture, both in the Tanakh and the B’rit Hadashah, The Old and New Testaments. In the Torah, God gave some very specific instructions concerning the protection of the unborn;
——If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life-Exodus 21:22-23
Both the Prophet Isaiah and the Apostle Paul seemed to agree that, though they had biological parents, they had been made by God.
——Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the Lord called me;
from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. -Isaiah 49:1
——But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.-Galatians 1:15-16
God also had plans for my unborn child. God has plans for every child, regardless of the circumstances by which they are conceived or born. My God loves the unloved, and wants the unwanted. The only thing standing in between God, and his plans for my child, was the free will he had given to me. I had the free will to choose between right and wrong…..I had chosen wrong. We had chosen wrong because we weren’t ready to be parents. We had chosen wrong because we were scared of what people would think. We didn’t need the responsibility of an unplanned pregnancy. Sometimes God’s plans differ from ours, this is a concept that people of faith should grasp. How would you decide?
I remembered how my mother had been a scared, pregnant teenager. My Dad had been a boyfriend in a tough spot. They had a difficult decision to make, and they had made the right choice. I am alive today because my parents believed that Adonai created life. I was fearfully and wonderfully made.
——For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.-Psalm 139:13-14
Put in almost the same position as my parents years before, I had chosen the coward’s way out. I wonder how many of the 52 million aborted babies would be alive, if more fathers stood up and took responsibility for their actions? I also wonder how many fathers do take a stand, only to be cut out of the decision making process by those who claim that abortion is a woman’s rights issue, and not a man’s. I wondered that night whether my girlfriend would have made the same decision, had I taken a stand for the faith which I had professed; which my parents had impressed on me at home and when walking on the road, when lying down or getting up……..
I ask all believers, whether Catholic, Protestant, or Messianic Jew; to open up your version of the Bible to the beginning of the first Gospel. Do you find the story of a scared pregnant girl, and a boyfriend in a tough spot? I wonder what their neighbors said. Do you find a girl who believes that Adonai creates life? Do you find a boyfriend who is ready to stand up to adversity and be a man? Don’t miss this lesson…Being a parent is about more than biology, and God is the creator of life, with or without human involvement; these are the first ideas taught to us in the Gospels. These are the things that echoed through my mind, and my spirit, the night we decided to “terminate the pregnancy.”
——For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning. -Psalm 30:5
In October of 2004, Eva, my beautiful baby girl was born. An amazing thing happened the morning after that long night in February. I told my girlfriend that I wanted that baby, and that I would take care of that baby no matter what. Suddenly, the scared, pregnant teenager wasn’t so scared anymore. For those of us who believe that God creates life, we recognize him as our Father and provider. Nothing is impossible, no situation too inconvenient or difficult, for our God.
Life has not been easy on my daughter and I, but she can tell you about the Messiah, Jesus. She can lay her little hands on you and pray for healing. She will gently remind you to bless the food before dinner. She is vibrant and full of energy, and she gives me strength to fight my battle against Lou Gehrig’s disease. I look back on that night in February as one of the most pivotal moments in my life, a night when I could not silence the voice inside of me, compelling me to choose life……I won’t be quiet now.
——This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live-Deuteronomy 30:19
I am an American, and a veteran. I am very aware of the fact that my freedom comes at a price. I have paid into the price of not only my freedom, but the freedom of those who disagree with me. I have a right to practice my faith, and to speak my opinions. I will not be quiet anymore, when I am called an extremist for believing in the absolute sanctity of human life. People form their opinions based on their experiences in life, I am no different. I am not anti-woman. I believe motherhood is among the highest of callings; and I have profound respect for women like my Mom, and Eva’s Mom, who took the difficult path of a teenage mother. I resent the current trend of attaching a stigma to the stay at home Mom, as though it weren’t the most difficult, and richly rewarding, job on earth. How many of those millions of aborted babies would now be young women? I am an advocate for them as well.
I wish I were preaching to the choir in this piece. Unfortunately, everyday, more and more people who claim to be followers of Jesus are force fed a lie. We are led astray when we allow secular society to convince us that those “blobs of tissue” are anything other than human lives, created by God for a purpose. That purpose may, or may not, be part of our five year plan.
I don’t wish to force my beliefs on anyone else, that would be contrary to our American idea of individual liberty. I also don’t want anyone else’s beliefs forced on me. I won’t be made to feel ashamed of my faith. I won’t be marginalized. I won’t be made to think that my belief in the sanctity of life is archaic or irrelevant. I will challenge those of faith to take a stand. Let’s leave the moral relativism to those who don’t share our belief system. Our foundation stands firm on a rock, and we should not be swayed or intimidated by the shifting sands of secular society and popular culture. I would ask all people of faith to answer this simple question;
Do we create life, or does God create life?
Take your time, and think very deeply before answering. How you answer this question, should be reflected in your opinions on the sanctity of human life.