“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:14 (ESV)
On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court reached a judgment which legalized abortion on demand. The Roe v. Wade decision became one of the most controversial and culturally polarizing judgments and remained so for close to fifty years. It divided American citizens, families, and even churches.
On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court reached a decision which overturned Roe v. Wade. The court struck down nearly fifty years of the judicial sanctioned killing of unborn human beings in this nation.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, stated, “It’s Friday, June 24, 2022. A day we will long remember.” In commenting on the court’s decision, Dr. Mohler also said, “It puts a stop to the stain of legally sanctioned abortion by federal mandate. It returns the question of abortion to the people and to their elective representatives. It is an answer to prayer.”
I am writing this article on Tuesday, June 28, four days after this momentous decision. This article will publish on Monday, August 15. Seven weeks will have passed. Only the Lord knows the extensive ramifications and reactions by those who identify themselves as Pro Choice and who angrily decry the court’s June 24 resolution.
In this series, answers will be sought to the questions of whether abortion is murder, is the unborn child a person, women’s rights and other key issues.
Let’s begin with an observation. The subject of abortion, along with other controversial topics, is a debate concerning worldviews. Abortion, for or against, reflects an individual’s perspective on life and values. This must be understood.
There are two basic worldview systems in the world. There always has been. Until the Lord returns, there always will be. Those two basic worldviews are as follows.
First, the Secular/Atheistic Worldview. This perspective on life and values teaches that there is no God who is the ultimate creator and sustainer of the universe. Consequently, since there is no God then it stands to reason there is no absolute right or wrong because there is no absolute God who decrees what is right or wrong. Ultimately, there is no purpose to life because there is no ultimate God who provides purpose and meaning to life. Therefore, mankind must figure out for themselves what is their ultimate right or wrong and purpose. In effect, mankind must find their own truth. Humanity is on its own.
The Secular/Atheistic Worldview are attitudes and activities that have no religious, spiritual, or biblical basis. Secularism reflects the truth found in Judges 21:25 which says, “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”
The alternative is known as the Biblical Worldview. It is in contrast to the Secular/Atheistic Worldview. The Biblical Worldview teaches that there is a One, True and Ultimate God who is creator and sustainer of the universe; the God of the Bible. This is taught beginning in Genesis 1:1. He alone has decreed what is right and wrong and also that there is an ultimate purpose to life. That purpose is to obey and honor God (Ecc. 12:13; I Cor. 10:31).
There remains a tension and intermingling between these two worldview systems. It is apparent that some atheists live as if there is a God who exists and who has defined what is good and evil. Listen to those who hold no allegiance to God the next time a school shooting occurs. They will remark that the killing of children is evil. How is evil defined since, according to the atheist, there is no God and therefore no one who determines what is good or what is evil. Or consider when an object of theirs is stolen or damaged. There is certainly an innate sense of right and wrong in that situation.
It is also apparent that some Christians live as if there is no God who exists and who has defined what is good or evil. Listen to Christians as they seek to justify their ungodly behavior, their sin, and their nonchalant attitude toward God. It seems as if they have replaced the God of the Bible with themselves. God becomes a supportive character in their life story. God created them in His image and they are returning the favor.
Sensitivity will be sought as the subject of abortion is examined. However, biblical truth will also be uncompromisingly sought. I appreciate your prayers. You have mine.
Soli deo Gloria!
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