We’re past Thanksgiving and that means the Christmas season is officially upon us. You may be wondering what ABCs of the Christmas season I’ll be talking about here. Well, you can be sure at least one of them isn’t what most would expect.
- Abortion – The premeditated murder of an image bearer of God being knit together by God in the place where children should be safer than anywhere else, the womb of their mother. But sadly women, with malice aforethought, murder their own babies at all stages of their preborn life, by the thousands daily in this country alone. Especially here in the wicked state of Oregon. "There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil,” - Prov. 6:16-18
- Birth – The joyful moment when a new image bearer of God comes out of the womb into this world for God’s glory and the blessing of his or her (yes only two genders) family. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” – Psalm 127:3
- Christ – The reason for the Christmas (and every other) season. Especially during the Christmas season, we remember Christ coming into the world born of a virgin. The ultimate reward, the ultimate fruit of the womb. We call the amazing gift of Christ coming into the world by one word. Incarnation. The day God in Jesus Christ took on flesh for the salvation of His people. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:11
Abortion is a two-fold attack. For one it is an assault on the Incarnation. Satan was always trying to thwart the birth of the prophesied Messiah. Satan used the sacrifice of children after being born to wicked demonic false gods, corrupting and leading to death, whole societies, and direct and by proxy attacks on God’s people, hoping to prevent the Messiah or His forbearers from ever exiting the womb or to die as quickly after their birth as possible. Satan tried to stop the Incarnation.
However, when Satan was thwarted in preventing the birth of the Messiah, he moved to try to bring about His death by slaughtering all baby boys under two years old in the region of Christ’s birth. “Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” - Matthew 2:16-18
However, despite all his attempts, Christ has defeated Satan decisively on the cross. Having been born, having laid down His life, and having taken it up again, all in accordance with the unbreakable prophecies of His word, Jesus Christ saved His people from their sins and now reigns at the right hand of His Father. Satan is left to roam like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet. 5:8).
And devour he does. Having failed to stop the Incarnation he seeks to murder the image bearers of God any time and any place he can, even and especially in the place of the Incarnation, the womb. Whether it be abortion by starvation, poison, burning, crushing, or dismembering, in murder mills, IVF clinics, mail-ordered pills, or even back alleys, image-bearing babies are murdered to the delight of the enemy of our soul. To the tune of tens of millions over the last half-century alone!
So yes, especially in the Christmas season it is appropriate to talk about and fight against the evil of abortion. To act to seek an end to the attacks on image bearers of God in the womb. The apostle Paul summarizes in two short verses both the command of what we should do and why. “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.” - Ephesians 5:11-12
We need to expose the evil of abortion. The holocaust of the Jews is displayed in a whole museum in New York where they declare, “Never again!”. Or when Emmett Till’s mother displayed his brutally mutilated and murdered body for all the world to see in national publications after his race-driven murder. A decision that sparked Rosa Parks’ conviction to not move to the back of the bus and to help ignite the civil rights movement. Even today in drivers’ education classes or at public displays from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, we see dead bodies and/or mutilated and destroyed vehicles from bad or drunk driving. The list could go on. The principle of the need to display the unfruitful works of darkness to decry great evil is well-known and accepted for many endeavors.
Still, the greatest and most brutal evil done to the most vulnerable and defenseless image-bearers of God is done by the thousands every day in this country and around the world. But to expose this darkest of unfruitful works is decried as wrong by most, sadly even most who name the name of Christ!
This evil is not only spoken about but planned and then carried out in secret. Hiding in plain sight in whitewashed tombs like Planned Parenthood, in private homes with pills, or in fertility clinics (IVF) where babies are murdered and/or locked in frozen prisons to die slowly. And hiding in the darkness of lies that are spoken and willfully believed by and to those who love self, more than God or neighbor.
The Bible is clear. We need to expose this murderous evil that society wants to sell as, “Bodily Autonomy”, a woman’s right to choose, or simply to discard a clump of cells. To expose is to show clearly what it is. It is murder and therefore to show that murder in graphic imagery is required so that the wickedness of the crime is known by all what current and future perpetrators of the crime do or are considering doing.
In summation, the evil of abortion is an evil that is an attack on the birth of image-bearers in the very place of the Incarnation of Christ. It must be exposed and should be done graphically, even during the Christmas season, when we celebrate the greatest birth ever, the one that brought about the Savior from all sin. Even the murderous sin of abortion that Satan most prizes.
Next time I’ll address various reasons people hate to see graphic abortion images.
(Teaser – I hate them too!)