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by Kevin Patterson

Have you ever noticed a really funny bumper sticker? I have always been personally fond of “If You Don’t Like My Driving, Stay Off Of The Sidewalk!” There are, no doubt, hundreds of humorous little messages like that displayed on vehicles everywhere. Well, as much as I like to laugh, my favorite bumper sticker is not a funny one at all. It reads very simply, “It’s A Child, Not A Choice.”

Monday, January 22, 2001, was the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision that made abortion legal. The landmark case was infamously known as Roe vs. Wade. The decision made that day has aided in the death of millions of innocent children ever since.

Now some people will say, “Kevin, how can you say that. It is not a child; it is a fetus – just a bunch of lifeless tissue.” Well, that does not make much sense. Have you ever noticed that even though opinions differ about what is actually in the mother’s womb, everyone agrees that at the moment of birth, it is a child? For those who would say the child is only tissue inside the womb, please explain what miraculous event occurs at the instant of birth that transforms that tissue into a child outside the womb. Furthermore, if somehow the child was placed back into the mother, would it become just a bunch of tissue again? Of course not! That is absolutely absurd!

As in everything we do, we must always go to God and see what he says through his word, the Bible. We all have heard the 6th commandment from Exodus 20:13, “Thou shall not murder,” which is later restated in Matthew 19:18 and Romans 13:9. But, if the child is only lifeless tissue, then abortion would not be murder, so we have to find out how the word of God views the unborn.

David writes about himself as a person not only at birth, but also at conception in Psalms 51:5. In 2 Kings 19:3, Hezekiah refers to babies prior to birth as “infants.” Job says a stillborn child is an “infant who never saw the light of day” in Job 3:16. God clearly recognizes life when he said in Jeremiah 1:5, ” Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” When Elizabeth was pregnant and she heard that Mary was also pregnant, Elizabeth’s child is said to have “leaped in her womb” (Luke 1:41). And what about Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus? Did God through the Holy Spirit place within her a child or a choice? The Bible records in Matthew 1:18 that “she was found to be with child.” How terrible it would have been for us if she had viewed our Savior as a choice and simply ended his life because it was too inconvenient or embarrassing to deal with at the time!

It eludes me sometimes as to the reasoning behind abortion. It seems both illogical and immoral, but is also legal in this country. However, something legally right is not always morally right. Nowhere in the Bible is a child referred to as lifeless tissue, nor is abortion condoned. We should have the same attitude, thoughts, and beliefs as our Lord, and he loves life and abhors anything that would destroy the life that he so carefully created.

Respect your life and your body by respecting the life and the body of the child who is not yet born. An unborn child, like us, is created by God in his image. Yes, he or she IS a child. No, that child IS NOT a choice.

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