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June 2, 2008 / beidson

Jesus Christ and the Fight for Life: Why Abortion Is More Than A Political Issue

I recently took the time to listen to a message by John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minnieapolis, MN, titled Jesus Christ and the Fight for Life.  Here are twelve points from his message concerning God’s sovereignty and the sanctity of  every life, even the tiniest life:

  1. God’s Work of Predestination Before the Foundation of the World (Ephesians 1).  A person’s destiny is not something they create, but is part of God’s purposes for him/her, even in the mother’s womb.
  2. Christ’s Special Work of Creation (John 1:3).  All things were made through Christ, and without him nothing was made that was made, inlcuding the tiniest life in a mother’s womb.  Do not think that the beginnings of life are a matter of political choice; they are the special work of Jesus Christ, the Creator of all living things.
  3. God’s Work of Providence (Colossians 1:17).  In him, that is Christ, all things hold together, even the smallest embryo.  Do not trespass this boundary in order to kill the living; God will judge you.  His providence extends beyond the boundaries of creation, and even to the smallest parts of creation.
  4. Christ’s Work of Incarnation (Luke 1).  Jesus himself was a human zygote at one time.  Christ’s incarnation validates the necessity of protecting life at every stage, for he himself has expereinced humanity at every point, from the smallest beginnings to the painful end (he is risen).
  5. Christ’s Work of Identification With Sinners (Luke 15).  He took on our flesh in order that we might have his righteousness.  There is nothing small about a zygote, because in reality, this is the beginning of what it means to be a sinner for whom Christ died.
  6. Jesus’ Work of Sacrificial Service (Mark 10:45).  Christians ought to know best that life is something we give for others, not take from others (the exception being captial punishment).  Also, we live to “serve” others, even abortionists and pro-choicers.  Our attitude ought to be marked by humility, not an arrogant smugness because of the righteousness of our cause.
  7. Christ’s Work of Propitiation (1 Thessalonians 5:9, Romans 8:3).  Jesus did not take human life to get joy, “but for the joy set before him he endured the cross.”  He bore the wrath of God for our sins.  He gave his life for sinners, and so we may fight for life with the confidence that God is for us in our cause, and will redeem abortionists from their sin, just as he has saved us from ours. 
  8. Christ’s Work of Expiation (Ephesians 1:7).  Christ has removed the guilt of our sin.  In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins.  There is forgiveness for sinners in Christ.  This is the hope we have in our fight for life.  This is the hope for abortionists.
  9. Christ’s Work of Domination (Colossians 2:13).  Jesus has conquered the domain of darkness and death, and has unarmed the rulers of this evil age and dethroned the god of this age, Satan, who is a liar and murderer.  Abortion is about the destruciton of those made in the image of God.  It is far removed from the arena of preference and lifestyle. 
  10. Christ’s Work of Mediation (Romans 8:33).  We have an advocate who interecedes for us, who defends us before God against the accusations of our lying enemy, Satan.  He prays for us, even when and especially when we do not know what we ought to pray in our fight for unborn children.
  11. Christ’s Work of Navigation (Colossians 2:3).  Jesus is for us the wisdom of God.  He will guide us into truth as we seek to confront and disarm the culture of death.
  12. Christ’s Work of Preservation (Matthew 28:20, John 16:7).  Remember, Christ will not leave us or forsake us.  Go to him and you will find help in time of need.   

John Piper reminds us of the darkness that clouds the abortion industry, but also of the liberating power of the gospel to set free those who have covered themselves in the shame of taking life.  This is no small message, but one we ought all take to heart, especially considering the consequences we are reaping and will reap because of abortion.

Consider the value of life in everything you do, as well as the sovereignty of God.  And do not find yourself on the side of death.  Abortion isn’t just another political issue, but one of the defining issues of our generation.  Ironically, abortion is so common because people value life in the wrong sort of way.  There is a great “smallness” to pro-choice thought, and Christians should counter this ideology with the greatness of life lived in Jesus Christ.  Regardless of a person’s position on countless other political issues, no one ought to think that “life” is just such an issue.  It is not. 

Politicians who dance around this issue in order to avoid giving real answers are confusing their indecision for political correctness.  The fact is, they have made the decision to make no choice at all, and that is, ironically, a very pro-choice decision.  How can you support someone who would not have supported you when your were a fetus?  That is beyond me.  The issue of life transcends all other political issues because all other issues have no footing if they are not anchored in a thoroughly pro-life worldview.  Yes, mothers want their children to come home from the war, but does this match up with a worldview that says mothers are allowed to kill their unborn, would-be soldiers?   By all means, let’s figure out how to end a war which is costing us the lives of our children, but not at the expense of voting for someone who will continue to wage war on our unborn children.  There are many political issues Christians may disagree on; life is not one of them–it is not up for grabs.

The contradictions of a pro-choice worldview abound, and this is one instance.  Indeed, with such foolishness to fight against, we may take recourse in the wisdom of Christ as we fight for the life of the unborn.

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