My Heart is Heavy

This week the state of New York enacted a new law that allows for full-term abortions.

And my heart is heavy.

I have never understood the rationale for the normalization of abortion or the desire of our culture to celebrate abortion.

Maybe that’s because I am the father of an adopted child who thanks God everyday that my daughter’s birthmother made the brave decision to let her baby live.

Maybe it’s because I am a Christian.

In our secular society, that first reason would gain me empathy, but that second reason would earn me disdain.

But why?

Why is the Christian stance on abortion such a threat?

And why is the Christian view of when life begins summarily dismissed as “uninformed” or “out of step” with science?

Did you know that there is no consensus among scientists on the all-important question about when life begins?  (For a deep dive into this topic check out this podcast episode from my friend Matthew Dowling.)

So, again, why is the Christian stance on abortion seen as “out of step” with something that has no confirmed “step” in the scientific worldview?

Now, I am not one of those Christians who see science as an enemy or threat to my faith.  I am simply pointing out that the secular worldview, which claims to ground itself in science, has a huge problem justifying abortion, and that problem is within its own worldview.  In other words, the threat to the secular view of abortion is not from some competing worldview like Christianity; it is its own inconsistency.

Yet, our culture presses on and celebrates abortion as an advancement of our society.

But what are we advancing?

Since the vast majority of abortions are carried out as willful decisions and not as the result of health emergencies, as some would have us believe, what are we really doing?

As Mother Teresa once said, “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.  This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,

who put darkness for light and light for darkness.

Isaiah 5:20



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