“the Obama administration issued a reversal of a ban on federal funding for non-governmental organizations working outside the U.S. that offer abortions or abortion counseling.
Obama signed the executive order on the 36th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling (Jan. 22, 1973) that legalized abortion in all 50 states.”
And I want to also share a brief comment from a random American on foxnews.com:
“The most important aspect of a woman’s right is to determine her own reproductive health. What’s the point of life, liberty and the other things if you have to buckle under someone else’s rule?” said Anne Hale Johnson, 85, who gave $5,000 to Planned Parenthood last year.
This statement strikes me as profound because it so shamelessly declares the pride of the human heart. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about submitting to authority and I think it all goes back to Genesis 1-3 when God made man. Is man going to trust the God who gave him the choice and the consequences? What’s the point of life, liberty and other things? That sounds like the crisis of a teenage generation. Well, let’s go back to Genesis 1 for a glance on why God gave us life, liberty, and other things… Genesis 1:26-28
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Isn’t it odd that as Genesis 1 describes the purpose of man to procreate (be fruitful and multiply), abortion seeks to undermine those very intentions in the heart of God for why He gave us life in the first place? Now, is it a woman’s right to determine her own reproductive health? According to Genesis 1, from the very beginning God sets Himself apart as the regulator for humanity’s reproductive health. How offensive is that! But how awesome it is to meditate on. Pause for a minute and consider your history and your first parents. God form and fashions Man from the dust and in the dawn of history, the first voice that will ever breathe in the pristine ear of Man echoes softly, “Be fruitful”. These words are rich with meaning precisely because they issue from the very heart of the One who is meaning Himself. Put right in at the culmination of creation, all of God’s intentions reach their fulfillment in this little clay vessel lying helplessly on the ground. From the start, God issues the decree of what Man will be: A creature that gives life not takes it. A creature that bears fruit. Humanity is not to be sterile and and stagnant, but brimming with life and that is a life that finds it’s blessing and fulfillment in others, not in itself. This is what blessed humanity looks like.
Yet what a departure there is today from these things as God so passionately intended. For now He looks over the earth and grieves over the image-bearers who are now bent inward upon themselves, who now can not live in a state of trust but must assert with independent zeal, “My body, My rights!” The blessing he so intended was turned into a curse. The life He rejoiced over as He formed it together in the womb was snuffed out by a vigorous abortion procedure justified by an arbitrary concept of what viability is. To look for life, liberty, and happiness apart from God is to only result in the opposite: death, bondage, and sadness.
To close, I want to share a passage from Jeremiah 2,
And you, O generation, behold the word of the Lord.
Have I been a wilderness to Israel, or a land of thick darkness?
Why then do my people say, ‘We are free, we will come no more to You’?
Also on your skirts is found the lifeblood of the guiltless poor…
Yet in spite of all these things you say,‘I am innocent; surely his anger has turned from me.’
Behold, I will bring you to judgment for saying, ‘I have not sinned.’