"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future"
I know it’s election season, and although I believe deeply in the liberty we have to exercise our right to vote, I’ve never been one to post my political opinions on social media. And although the post that follows pertains to something on the ballot, I would say this is more of an ethical issue than a political one.
On Tuesday at Westmont, a student stood outside of our dining hall with three large posters with graphic images of dead fetuses with bible verses and the phrase ‘abortion is genocide’. This caused a huge controversy at my very small, very Christian, college. I’d say regardless of whether or not you are pro-life, most people came to the consensus that this young man’s display was neither loving nor edifying to the Kingdom nor the most convincing way to change someone to a pro-life stance. What his exact motives were, I’m not sure. But all I know is he did achieve placing on my heart the desire to figure out what exactly I believe is right about this idea.
I’m not opposed to abortion. I know that is so “un-Christian” of me, but I think it’s more “un-Christian” to be fake about where my heart lies. I believe that if I were to stumble into lust somehow and find myself having sex and getting pregnant, especially if it were to happen when I was younger, I would be very tempted to get an abortion. If I were raped when I was a young girl, I would also be very tempted to get an abortion. I know this is selfish, but the emotional ostracism I think I would receive, ESPECIALLY in the Church, and the impact this would have on my life in terms of schooling, friends, etc., would be so significant that I wouldn’t want to go through with a pregnancy. So many times though, I have just said that the “what if’s” don’t apply to me because I have chosen not to have sex until marriage, and therefore I don’t need to develop a concrete opinion on the matter.
The passage that has been weighing on my heart in regards to this matter is Jeremiah 29:11. As an affluent Christian, I have always read the passage to mean that God will provide for me in earthly ways. He will aid me in getting into college, being successful, etc. My Haitian friends would probably take Jeremiah 29:11 to mean that their hope in the Lord and their future in Him is going to Heaven and spending eternity with the creator of the UNIVERSE! How much better is their interpretation than mine!
God created the fetuses that were aborted. But what about being born to a mother who didn’t want her child and who had to be in foster homes or be raised by drug addicts who got pregnant by accident and are keeping their kid so they can get better welfare? Is that a hope and a future and a plan not to harm you? Don’t fetuses who get aborted go straight to Heaven to be with their loving father who was the one who wanted them in the first place? I think if we interpret Jeremiah 29:11 as a heavenly hope and future and not an earthly one, going straight to heaven sounds like quite a good deal. I’m not saying then that we should just abort all fetuses to give them an opportunity to go straight to Heaven, but in the circumstances of fetuses who have been aborted, I don’t believe that God simply just destroyed them also. I firmly believe that He knew what would happen to them but gave them a hope and a future anyways.
There are so many factors both in considering how I feel morally and how I feel politically. I am not very educated in the health effects of the mother or the scientific aspect of it. I am also not sure if my Christian worldview should be implemented to every woman out there. Is it even constitutional for us to abolish abortion? Are we allowed to tell women what they are allowed to do with their bodies? What are the insurance and tax ramifications of both sides?
I’m not sure I’ll ever know the answer to this. Of course I would love every fetus to eventually be born to a loving family who dreamed of their conception and birth for months. But I don’t think that’s a reality I will see in my lifetime, and until then I just can’t fathom that our loving and sovereign Lord would forget about them in this equation. I think that Jeremiah 29:11 still applies to them and that they get to experience the riches of His love with all the angels in Heaven one day too.