Overcoming the Darkness of Abortion
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (1 John 5:3-4)
“Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their ‘thus saith the Lord’ far beyond the boundaries of their home towns: and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom far beyond my own hometown.”—Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
As the Gospel of the Kingdom of God advances, the dark shadow of abortion will be driven back.
I. The Source of the Darkness
The root of the darkness of abortion is a rejection of God’s sovereignty and His moral law, which is a spiritual matter.
"They served their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood."—Psalm 106:36-38
II. The Impact of the Darkness
“So it is, when I look around the [abortion facility’s] waiting room, I see lives driven by despair, not hope. I see women inwardly crying, saying goodbye. And I see women whose clenched teeth and fixed eyes are determinedly set on the future because they dare not look at the present which will forever be their past.
As I look into their many faces, the philosophical debate over when a human becomes a 'person' dissolves into nothing more than ethereal elevator music. Whether these waiting women listen to it or ignore it, it has no real effect on the living of their lives. For beneath the lyric of excuses and jargon, on the level of a little girl who once asked, 'Where do babies come from?', every woman here knows that life begins at conception. It is a human life. It is a familial life. It is a part of her and a part of another; it is their child. The only question which remains is how well will she be able to live with this truth...or how long will she be able to run from it?”—Dr. David Reardon in "Women Who Abort: Their Reflections on the Unborn"
III. Overcoming the Darkness
"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith."—1 John 5:3
"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith."—1 John 5:4
“…the pro-life movement is not a recent phenomenon or innovation. It is two thousand years old. You see, the pro-life movement was inaugurated on a rugged old cross, on a hill called Calvary – it is best known as Christianity. Caring for the helpless, the deprived, and the unwanted is not simply what we do. It is what we are. Always has been. Always will be.”—George Grant, Third Time Around: The History of the Pro-Life Movement from the First Century to the Present
“In the meantime, it’s important to note that some of the most critical battlefields remain local and relational. Whatever the prospect of legislation or court cases in 2018, advocating for pro-life causes remains a moral, cultural, and spiritual struggle to promote the value of every life.
It happens in pregnancy care centers and living rooms and school clubs and Sunday sermons and foster care agencies and personal conversations and private and public prayer. It often involves both victories and setbacks, but we can be sure of the long-term promise recorded by the Apostle John: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it.”—Jamie Dean, “Through the Looking Glass” in World magazine (1/20/2018)