Pro-life battle: win or lose?

Children and adults marching in the annual Pro-Life spectacle, the March for Life
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I received a call last evening from the 40 Days for Life campaign director who asked me if I was interested in participating. Now I do not judge the motives of those who do make a stand in the pro-life cause in this way. But a far deeper issue exists which we must address. As I discussed this with my wife, she rightly pointed out that it is rather hypocritical to stand out the front of an abortion clinic praying for the women who go in while the church uses birth control. Whether you kill a child at conception or weeks later, your motive is the same and the result is the same: no child. Most Christians do not realize that the pill causes an abortion, just a very early one. Other methods of preventing the seed and the egg meeting are also motivated by the same underlying issue, not wanting children.

Pro-life means pro-children, too

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (Psalm 127:3-5).

Children and adults marching in the annual Pro-Life spectacle, the March for Life

Children and adults march side-by-side in the 2011 Annual March for Life. Photo: CNAV.

We will continue to lose the Pro-Life battle until Christians learn that God loves children and so must we. It is not enough to stop abortion. We must also stop birth control. It has the very same underlying motive, it is just a matter of a time difference. 1 John 3:15 says that if we hate, we are murderers, and the opposite of love is hate. Do we love children? If we do not love them, we hate them and if we hate them we are murderers, we are no different from those who abort later in gestation, as God sees our rejection as murder.

The Lord Jesus made his view of children abundantly clear in Luke 9:36-37:

And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.

If you reject children you reject God. There are only two incidence in the gospels of the Lord Jesus becoming angry, the first when his house of prayer was made a den of thieves (John 2:15-16), and the other was when the people tried to reject children. (Mark 10:14).

Don’t be offended, I also did not always think this way. I inherited my negative view of children from my surrounding culture rather than from God’s heart and Word. 14 years ago I said I’d never have children, that was, until I searched the Scriptures to learn God’s heart for children. When my wife and I finally yielded our will and submitted to the Lordship of Christ over our family planning (after already reluctantly having three), He tested us by sending us twins. We’re now expecting blessing number 9.

Martin Luther said,

The purpose of marriage is not to have pleasure and to be idle but to procreate and bring up children, to support a household (Mal 2:15). This, of course, is a huge burden full of great cares and toils. But you have been created by God to be a husband or a wife and that you may learn to bear these troubles. Those who have no love for children are swine, stocks, and logs unworthy of being called men or women; for they despise the blessing of God, the Creator and Author of marriage.

Until the church is again full of large families, our words and prayers really mean nothing. When you walk in the park with your many children in tow, this testimony speaks far louder than praying silently outside an abortion clinic. It says you are willing to obey God, deny self and love what God loves.

The problem is that in recent decades the church has jumped on the birth control band wagon without question while its members point the finger of blame at those who abort their children later in gestation. If Christians had large families and discipled them according to the Scriptural pattern, we’d certainly outnumber those who use birth control and abortion and would by sheer numbers alone win the pro-life war! (See Ex 1:9-12). Let’s begin in the church first by repenting and then upholding the sanctity of life by returning to the Scriptures to learn what God thinks of children. Then and only then may God answer our pleading. Until then, we like they deserve judgment.

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (1Peter 4:17.)