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Abraham Lincoln on abortion.

January 20, 2010

Although we won’t be recognizing it in our worship gathering THIS week (we will later this year), this Sunday is “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday”.  To be clear, this isn’t about politics for me.  It’s about a Biblical belief in every human being created in the image of God with inherent, eternal value.  To highlight just how devastating the legalized genocide of abortion has been in America for the last few decades, let this sink in…

One-quarter of my generation was legally eradicated through abortion. One-quarter. 25%.  The current abortion rate is LESS than if the entire state of Maine was legally slaughtered yearly.

Opposing abortion thoughtfully, passionately, and compassionately is worship.  If we love Jesus, we will love every human created in his image and defend the poor, oppressed, and helpless – like unborn children.  The implications of the gospel for racism have been on my mind a lot lately as Jana and I will likely adopt a racial-minority child soon.  Recently, I came across some of Abraham Lincoln’s logic about slavery and it applies directly to the issue of abortion today.

You say A. is white, and B. is black. It is color, then; the lighter, having the right to enslave the darker? Take care. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet with a fairer skin than your own.

You do not mean color exactly? You mean the whites are intellectually the superiors of the blacks, and, therefore have the right to enslave them? Take care again. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet with an intellect superior to your own.

But, say you, it is a question of interest; and, if you can make it your interest; you have the right to enslave another. Very well. And if he can make it his interest, he has the right to enslave you.

To quote John Piper, “There are no morally relevant differences between white and black or between child-in-the-womb and child-outside-the-womb that would give a right to either to enslave or kill the other.”

I said earlier that part of our duty is to oppose abortion “compassionately”. The fact of the matter is that with over 200 people reading this blog daily, some of you have chosen an abortion at some point in your life and are plagued by the guilt, regret, and self-hatred that almost ALWAYS follow an abortion.  The lie that Satan wants to speak to you is that “Because you’ve had an abortion you can never be loved and used by God.”

That is a lie totally in contradiction to the message of the gospel – that through the cross your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.  If that’s you, please email me at

For more information about the case against abortion and how you can contribute to the efforts against it, visit

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2010 8:55 am

    I’m always interested when people are unable to make the important connection you’ve just made, that killing a human being is killing a human being no matter at what point in life that being is in. But I am even more interested in all people making the connection between a moral mis-step and the forgiveness God offers. All of us have heard of the murderer on death row who has received God’s forgiveness and are now experiencing joy and peace even in the muddy waters of his/her dark and devastating past. But so many young women and adult women have not found that joy and peace because they have not received God’s forgiveness. Why? Verbalizing that you chose to abort a child is so very difficult. I would suggest that any person reading this blog who is carrying the heavy load of a past abortion take Pastor Josh up on his request and e-mail him right now. Get a conversation with him. He cannot wipe away your hurt or pain but God can and wants to.

  2. Jill Keck permalink
    January 21, 2010 10:28 am

    Thank you Josh for starting the discussion on this. Since abortion became legal 37 years ago, almost 52 million babies have lost their lives to abortion. That comes to about 3,600 a day. One of Nashville’s abortion clinics alone usually does 25 or more abortions a day 4 days a week. They just recently added the 4th day to handle the increase demand. I am vice president of the local Tennessee Right to Life chapter that meets in Spring Hill. While locally our main goal is to educate and prevent abortions, the main office in Nashville works with women before and after abortions. We are working on getting an ultrasound room built at the crisis pregnancy center that shares offices with Right to Life so we can offer free ultrasounds to women since the abortion clinic will not let them see their ultrasound there. The Right to Life office is located 3 doors down from one of Nashville’s busiest abortion clinics. Everyday we have Right to Life workers and counselors praying outside the clinic. As the women are going in we pray for God to change their heart and do the right thing. If they do change their mind (the power of prayer!) we take them down to the crisis pregnancy center. We want to make sure they have the support and resources they need. We also stay and pray outside the clinic for the women who decide to have their abortions. While it is heartbreaking to watch them come out knowing they just killed their baby, we still want to show them compassion and to know about God’s forgiveness. If any of you would like to tour the crisis pregnancy center or pray outside the abortion clinic let me know and I will get it set up for you. Or if you just want more information about what Tennessee Right to Life is about.

  3. shelley permalink
    January 21, 2010 12:00 pm

    Last Thurs, the Nashville abortion office opened an extra day to meet increased demand, like Jill said, and they performed 30 abortions. In one day. That’s an entire kindergarten class. My heart is so heavy for these girls and women to see viable alternatives, and support, and forgiveness.

    The sanctity of human life pertains to both ends of the spectrum, from the babies in utero, to the elderly in a nursing home. All are precious in His sight.

    I love Theodor Geisel’s prolife stance from the ’70s: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

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