Don't let the title of this blog throw you off! In this post I will be writing about the spiritual aspects of money being spent on abortions, as a procedure to terminate pregnancies.
Today I am going to weigh in on the health care debate. As you know, Congress recently passed a health care reform bill that provides no funding for abortion. This has sparked controversy nationwide and has pitted the anti-abortionists against the pro-abortionists, as each try to jockey to have the Stupak amendment either removed, or kept, as the bill goes to the Senate. In this post, I will try to steer clear away from the politics of it all, and let the powers that be come up with the right solution. It is my belief that Health Care Reform is something that IS TO COME, and nothing we can really do is going to stop it from coming, HOWEVER, the details of what is contained in any health reform bill is really UP TO US. This is our opportunity to do the right and moral thing for this country. This is the time for us to make decisions not based upon selfish goals and ambitions, but upon doing what is right for others, with an attitude of service to others. The decisions we make in this health care bill will have ramifications of great consequence, not only for this world, but also for the world to come, as God is our judge.
One of the biggest debate surrounding the present health care reform bill is the funding of abortions. Anti-abortion advocates have successfully lobbied congress to exclude any funding for abortions, while pro-abortionists are now lobbying the Senate to include funding for abortions. Anti-abortionists do not want government-sponsored abortions included because abortion is a moral sin that takes the life of the unborn. I totally agree with them. Why should the government become a co-party to one's sexual indiscretions and help that person cover up or get rid of the fruit of their indiscretions? What business is it of government to help us hide our sins? I thought the role of government was to expose sin and punish it -not hide it (Romans 13:1-5). In addition, in matters of conscience, where the government has NO ROLE, government has no business helping the guilty, the hard-hearted, and the selfish in their mission. Okay, okay, I have heard about families that cannot afford to feed one more mouth maybe considering abortion as the solution to their financial problem. To those families I say, you have a real problem because your finances are not allowing you to properly take care of the children you already have, and you feel you cannot handle any more children financially. What those families need is not an abortion but help. They need help in learning how to gain mastery over their sexual encounters. They need help in raising their children. They need help in getting through the pregnancy. This is where families, churches and the community at large can help. Children are a heritage from God, thus if we give aid and help to children, we are actually doing for them as unto Christ (Psalm 127:3, Matthew 18:5; Matthew 25:40).
One of the arguments used by pro-abortionists is that abortion is a medical procedure, and thus should be covered as a health care service. I say, totally wrong! Many medical procedures are performed by doctors today, that are not covered as health care. For example, face lifts, breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and so on. The reason why those procedures are not covered is because they are not done to treat any type of disease. Now tell me, what disease is abortion treating? The last time I looked, pregnancy was not listed as a disease. Pregnancy is not even a medical condition. Pregnancy is a natural consequence of the sperm of the male uniting with and fertilizing the egg of a female. What develops is a new life which needs to be cared for and protected while in the womb. During pregnancy, the mother needs to practice healthy lifestyle choices to care for herself and her unborn child. It is one of the rare opportunities we have to be co-partner with God in the creation process. It is a life-giving process which brings in new life, which contrasts so vastly with a disease. Disease tends to the diminishment of life, and it destroys, and kills. Pregnancy, on the other hand, gives new life and renews. Pregnancy is therefore not a disease to be treated, but a process by which we honor the body as a living temple, that is capable of bringing forth new life.
Do you know that God considers the unborn to be a person, and not just a 'potential life' as some would like us to think? If you don't believe me, please read the following scriptures (emphasis supplied).
"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being UNPERFECT and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was NONE of them" (Psalm 139:14-16).
"Before I formed thee in the belly I KNEW thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I SANCTIFIED thee, and I ORDAINED thee a prophet unto the nations" (Jeremiah 1:5).
"Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself" (Isaiah 44:24).
So we see that the unborn is really a person that is being developed and formed in the womb. It is the most natural thing to happen and is a part of life. It is therefore not a disease that needs to be cured or treated. It is a process that needs to be facilitated along a healthy path - not stopped or thwarted. In my previous post Sacred Reproduction, I wrote about the sacredness of reproduction, and how it is a power God has given to us to use for His glory. Destroying a life that is growing within is not a sacred right of reproduction!
Economically speaking, should government finance abortions? NO! That money would be better spent on helping pregnant mothers to have safe and healthy pregnancies. No good government helps its citizens by destroying its own citizens, which include the unborn citizens. The unborn child is here already, so let him/her come. Do not become a stumbling block to that process. Jesus warns us to "take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven" because it not God's will "that one of these little ones should perish (Matthew 18:10; 14). Government has no place funding the destruction of its own people.
God is seeking after godly seed (Malachi 2:15), and who knows which of these unborn children will grow up to be a man or woman of God, and a light to this world? Hey, if the mothers of some of the greatest people on earth thought about their pregnancies as conditions that needed to be corrected, where would we be today? We would have lost out on some of the greatest minds in the world. The circumstances surrounding the conception of a child is of less consequence than that the child is conceived. A new life means someone new to love, regardless of the surrounding circumstances. Let us not use the child as the sacrifical lamb, to cover up our mistakes and indiscretions. Let us treat each child, whether born or unborn, as valuable gifts given to us from God.
Have you had an abortion? Yes, what you did was wrong, but God will forgive you if you repent. Yes, it is too late for your unborn child to make it alive in this world, but it is not too late for you to turn your life around. God in His mercies will change your heart, so that you can give and receive love.
For mothers considering abortion, your money is better spent on caring for yourself and your unborn child through this time of pregnancy. If your financial circumstances are not that great, then now is the time to seek God's help by FAITH, to provide for you, in whatever way He chooses - whether through friends, family, charitable organizations, churches, social services, or miraculously. May you find the faith you need to trust Him completely.