How Should a Christian View the Roe V. Wade Decision That Legalized Abortion in America?

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How Should a Christian View the Roe V. Wade Decision That Legalized Abortion in America?

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In January 1973, the United States Supreme Court ruled that women had a constitutional right to privacy in accordance with the 14th Amendment, and that this right to privacy extended to the choice to have an elective abortion.

This legal decision, known as Roe v. Wade, set into motion decades of legal jousting between a woman’s right to choose and the sanctity of human life.

Someday these innocent children will have an opportunity to enjoy what they never had a chance to experience, resurrected, loved and cared for and given a chance to know God and His way

Despite the legal jousting, Roe v. Wade was and still is the law of the land, and abortion is legal in the United States at the time of this writing. Recent legal decisions in a variety of locales have shifted the allowable timeframes from the original decision.

God is clear in Scripture regarding His beliefs on the sanctity of human life.

In Exodus 20:13 Exodus 20:13You shall not kill.
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God outlines a specific commandment against murder. Before this, when Cain killed his brother Abel, God punished Cain for murdering his brother (Genesis 4:9-12 Genesis 4:9-12 [9] And the LORD said to Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? [10] And he said, What have you done? the voice of your brother’s blood cries to me from the ground. [11] And now are you cursed from the earth, which has opened her mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand; [12] When you till the ground, it shall not from now on yield to you her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shall you be in the earth.
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). The reason for these rules are outlined in Genesis 9:6 Genesis 9:6Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
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: “…for in the image of God has God made mankind.”

God discusses His knowledge of a person in the womb in the book of Jeremiah. In Jeremiah 1:5 Jeremiah 1:5Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet to the nations.
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, He states to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God had plans for Jeremiah before he was born, while he was still in the womb. Other examples in Job 31:15 Job 31:15Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
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and Luke 1:41-44 Luke 1:41-44 [41] And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: [42] And she spoke out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. [43] And what is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? [44] For, see, as soon as the voice of your salutation sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
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illustrate that those in the womb are alive in the eyes of God.

These passages and others in Scripture clearly uphold the sanctity of human life, even that of the pre-born.

So how should a Christian view the Roe v. Wade decision? After all, it is legal precedent in the United States. Should that be something that we therefore accept, since we live in this country?

There have been times in history, and even today, where the laws of God conflict with the laws of man. In these places where the law of God and the laws of men collide, it is essential as followers of Jesus Christ, that we obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29 Acts 5:29Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
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).

As such, abortion is a sin, despite being legal, despite being accepted by society. It is clearly against the laws of God.

We are living in a time in which the world as a whole, including the United States, has rejected God and His laws. We are ambassadors of the Kingdom of God in this world (2 Corinthians 5:20), and our citizenship resides in that Kingdom which is not yet on this Earth (Philippians 3:20 Philippians 3:20For our conversation is in heaven; from where also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:
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). As such, we represent God and His laws to a nation that does not understand Him or His way of life.

An ambassador must know their own country, its cultures and laws, as well as the culture and laws of the country in which they reside in order to be able to effectively address where these two places collide. In Ezekiel 9:1-6 Ezekiel 9:1-6 [1] He cried also in my ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. [2] And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lies toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brazen altar. [3] And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; [4] And the LORD said to him, Go through the middle of the city, through the middle of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the middle thereof. [5] And to the others he said in my hearing, Go you after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have you pity: [6] Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man on whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.
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we see the expected response of godly individuals living in a society that is not. Those who “sighed and cried” over the abominations in the land were allowed to escape the punishment God would administer. Isaiah 5:20 Isaiah 5:20Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
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cautions us against becoming accepting of these sins, or somehow justifying them because of their legality. We must call them what they are.

As Christians, it is important that we not shy away from standing up for and speaking out against things which are contrary to God’s laws, but with a firm recognition that we do so as ambassadors, not citizens. This should inform us as to our involvement in the politics or political advocacy against these things.

Someday these innocent children will have an opportunity to enjoy what they never had a chance to experience, resurrected, loved and cared for and given a chance to know God and His ways.

Godspeed the day.

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