Deuteronomy 30:15-16 lays out what God’s plan for his people can be: “I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, walk in His ways, keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you.” Verses 19 and 20 continue with what can only be perceived as a choice: “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today ... I have set before you life, death, blessing and cursing; choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days.”
Questions surrounding the political hot topic of when, if ever, abortion is acceptable, are not new and are never easy to answer. Within this portion of scripture is God’s provision: “Choose life that both you and your descendants may live … for He is your life and the length of your days …”
Procreation is our creator’s mandate for human beings to flourish. To effectively answer any question pertaining to the acceptability of abortion, the first question would have to be “Do you know you have a choice to serve God and be blessed and that you can choose today?”
Beverly Mattox, Word Alive International Outreach
Behind the abortion is a woman in need of love
God is life and everything in nature favors life. Abortion is now in the headlines and a politically hot issue. However, behind every abortion is a story, a real flesh and blood human that requires love.
At United Methodist, our Book of Social Resolutions states among other things, “We oppose the use of late-term abortion … and call for the end of this practice except when the physical life of the mother is in danger and no other medical procedure is available … We call all Christians to a searching and prayerful inquiry into the sorts of conditions that may cause them to consider abortion. We entrust God to provide guidance, wisdom, and discernment to those facing an unintended pregnancy.
The Church shall offer ministries to reduce unintended pregnancies. We commit our Church to continue to provide nurturing ministries to those who terminate a pregnancy, to those in the midst of a crisis pregnancy, and to those who give birth.”
Peter Hawker, First United Methodist Church, Anniston