What if God is pro-choice?
Before I begin, I would like to say that I am pro-life, and that the Bible clearly teaches that human life is sacred…but what if God is pro-choice?
During the 2012 election, we saw abortion become a major reason for Christians to rally behind Mitt Romney, pretending he stood on a solid pro-life platform. Evangelical and Catholic leaders stood up to support Romney, urged Christians to cast their vote for a candidate that stood for ‘Biblical values’, and some even threatened the salvation of those who would cast their votes toward the heathen Obama. But is pro-life really a Biblical stance? If the God of the Bible – the God that we claim to serve – has given us all free will, wouldn’t He, by default, be pro-choice?
“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” -Joshua 24:14-15
Can we really, in light of all that Jesus said of and to the Pharisees, still think that we can legislate morality??
In Jesus’ day, religious leaders tried to achieve salvation through adherence to the Law of Moses. Those who held the stipulations of the Law were seen as righteous, while those who broke the Law were condemned. Basically, the religious of Jesus’ day sought to legislate morality, much as we do today by aligning ourselves with politicians. Rather than taking personal responsibility for the morality of our society, we find it easier to leave it in the capable hands of politicians. But if we are all sinners – including (especially?) the politicians – can we really trust them to bring morality to our society through legislature based on their own relative moral compass?
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. -Matthew 23:25-26
Jesus was highly critical of this type of thinking. He wanted everyone to know that they were sinners, and that they had a personal responsibility to repent and turn back to God. They had to make a choice to follow His commands. Righteousness was found only through a trust in Him for our salvation, and obeying His commands – of our own free will. Repentance requires a change of the heart about sin, which means the sinner, knowing what God expects of us and having His Law written on our hearts, turns away from their sin out of reverent fear of the Creator and love of the Savior.
Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” -John 14:23
So, do you think that having pro-life legislature will bring God’s blessing back on this nation? To answer this, ask yourself: did the Pharisees, in all their strict adherence to Mosaic Law, receive God’s blessing? If you have even skimmed the New Testament you would know that the answer to that is clearly an emphatic NO. While abortion is wrong, and Scripture would attest to that and the value of human life time and time again, God does not require us not to abort because our law has deemed it immoral, but because we have turned our hearts toward God. Because we have been given a choice, but because His Holy and Righteous Law was written on our hearts, we chose to do what was right, despite or regardless of what legislature was put in place.
This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” -Jeremiah 31:33
Voting for a pro-life candidate doesn’t turn a person’s heart to God. Sharing the Gospel does. What should we really be doing to save this nation?
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. -2 Chronicles 7:14