Everyone loves a rainbow! After a rainstorm, the sign of a rainbow arched across the sky reminds us of Noah. After he and his family survived the Flood, God gave the rainbow as a sign to Noah that He would never destroy the earth with water again. God called His promise a covenant. A covenant includes two parties and this one was no different.
God was one party and He gave the rainbow as a sign of His promise. Humankind was the other party. God told Noah and his progeny that their part, our part going forward, was to never kill another human being. In Genesis 9 verse 6, God told Noah, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man.”
Then, in verse 7 God went on, “As for you, be fruitful and multiply; populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”
- Way back, right after Methuselah died, Noah went into the Ark and that’s a long time ago! God stated then two important truths that condemn abortion today:Do not kill or shed the blood of another person—because IN THE IMAGE OF GOD He made man. Every person conceived on this earth is created in the image of God. Each of us bears the imprint of God in us. We are not like the animals and fish of the earth. We are special to God and should treat that endowment with honor and respect.
- God went on to say, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth with people.” God is not worried about overcrowding here on the planet. Many pundits say abortion is justified to reduce population, especially in what they consider to be overpopulated countries. God never said that. He’s as able to supply needs when there are a lot of us as when there are few. And we certainly can help each other, the blessed sharing what they have received with those not as fortunate.
So, God says not to shed human blood and, instead, to populate the earth and to love others as we love ourselves.
What have abortionists done to work their way around those commandments? First, they question the validity of life beginning at conception. They rationalize that if a fetus isn’t human until birth, it’s not shedding human blood to abort it in the womb. So, let’s go ahead and kill that FETUS! Get rid of the inconvenience. Check!
They justify abortion, also, as being a population control measure. Yet, if we would help other nations and peoples with food and their learning how to provide for themselves, there would not be the degree of hunger and poverty today. America relies heavily on Asia, for instance, to supply her retail inventories: clothing, technology, household goods, fabrics…we can go on and on.
American retailers line their pockets by having China produce goods cheaply using slave labor. So, is our hunger for more and more by having to pay less contributing to the numbers of the world’s starving and abused? And thus, are we indirectly justifying abortion in the minds of many? Is our luxury part of the abortion problem?
What is the real problem with abortion? If God gave two commandments to Noah and they apply to all humankind, abortion is man’s way of flaunting those two commands in God’s face and doing just the opposite.
Covenants are binding. They always have been and always will be. One party can break his or her side of the agreement, but that doesn’t nullify a covenant with God. He never breaks His word. He makes His covenants in good faith.
But we have broken humankind’s part of the covenant. Every baby aborted in one more strike against God and His promise. We can mess with God and He is kind and merciful for a time. But finally, we reach a boiling point where He will not look the other way anymore. We are at the place in our history right now. Some way, somehow, we must reverse our legislation on abortion or God’s discipline will continue.
Is the bottom line really one of indifference on the part of those who call themselves Christian? Have we indulged ourselves so much that other peoples’ souls and their need of Christ have taken a back seat in our priorities? That, I fear, is the real crux of the abortion issue. As Christians, we must get our priorities straight and put God first in our own lives. Then we will rightly care about the needs of others. Or is it too late? History will answer that question.
— Posted by Tom Salmon for Doris, a fellow member of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance