Before I begin this monologue I want to make it clear that I do not believe that Christian morals and virtues can be enforced by secular government. I agree with C.S. Lewis on this issue. A Christian can say that homosexuals ought not to be married, and they can enforce it in the church, but that is the extent of their jurisdiction. Christians cannot expect the secular world to live by God’s standards, but this does not mean we refrain from any action. If you would like to debate that point we can, but I am not advocating a political position here.
My wife and I have been given the opportunity to grow outside of our own little comfort bubbles on this issue of abortion. There is a 40 day event, called 40 Days For Life, in which churches all over town are dedicating prayer, concerning abortion, 24 hours a day for 40 days. The small group I am a part of has been given the opportunity to partake. We have signed up for an hour slot and will be gathering outside the abortion clinic. At first my internal alarms went off. I thought to myself, That’s what crazy zealots do! That’s not what level headed Christians do. I began to have an internal struggle about what my wife and I signed up for.
Then some thoughts came to mind. I was presented with a statement from Mark Driscoll. He said something to the effect that what abortion is in America, is the same as child sacrifice to Molech (or Moloch) in the Old Testament, we have simply switched the names of the idol, the false god. The pagans gave their children up to Moloch in hopes of a blessing and an easier life. We also give them up for selfish reasons, we give them away because of the idol that is our self.
So I did some reading. Here are some interesting things I found in the Old Testament about sacrifice to Molech.
Leviticus 18.21 reads, “21You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.”
Leviticus 20.1-5 reads, ” 1The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2“Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. 3 I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name. 4And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, 5then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech.”
2 Kings 16.3 reads, “3but he walked in the way of the kings of Israel. He even burned his son as an offering, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the LORD drove out before the people of Israel.”
2 Kings 23.10 reads, “10And he defiled Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, that no one might burn his son or his daughter as an offering to Molech.”
Ezekiel 16.35-38 reads, 35“Therefore, O prostitute, hear the word of the LORD: 36Thus says the Lord GOD, Because your lust was poured out and your nakedness uncovered in your whorings with your lovers, and with all your abominable idols, and because of the blood of your children that you gave to them, 37therefore, behold, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved and all those you hated. I will gather them against you from every side and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness. 38 And I will judge you as women who commit adultery and shed blood are judged, and bring upon you the blood of wrath and jealousy.”
These are snapshots, of course. They are taken out of context, that is, out of story, but I pray that you go read these stories for yourself. There are a total of about 40 references to Moloch in the Old Testament, and reading some further reference work this is what I found about him: He was a god of Ammonites, and children were sacrificed to him by fire. I have also heard it said, but I have found no text to support it, that the children were thrown into a large cauldron after it had been heated by fire.
What is clear from Scripture is that God does not like children sacrifice. In the Old Testament the children were being sacrificed to an idol, and today, in America, babies are being killed for the same reason, we just don’t call it Moloch.
Discussing this with a friend the other day, he informed that throughout the early church, abortion and infanticide were marks of apostate Christians, that is, Christians who have left the faith. The early church was entirely against the idea of taking life. They believed that if you watched someone get killed you could be guilty of that death. I am guessing it has to do with inward notion of our hearts. For example, if you wish swift judgment on a pagan in the arena fighting tigers, you may be guilty of his death by your hatred toward him. The early church was firmly rooted against any form of life taking. You may think that because the child is still in the womb it may not be considered “alive”, but in the early church there were “natural” ways of killing the child in the womb, like drinking pure liquid mint. The method is not the point whether it be from a plant or cold steel, the life is what matters.
This post is not about condemnation, I am merely running through the things I have found. So, I continued to ponder my place as it draws closer to the day I am to stand outside an abortion clinic in prayer. We are not bringing any signs, or propaganda, just our prayers. These words of Jesus came to mind,
Matthew 18.20 reads, “20For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
And I thought, Is there a better place to call upon Jesus? This thought continued when I began to think about those women carrying children. What if she is too afraid to go to the church for help? What if her fears prevent her from seeking the Gospel? Then this is the opportunity for the church to come to her.
I believe prayer is more powerful than protest signs, hate speech, forced civil laws, and bombs. If I am unwilling to bring the Gospel to the hurting than I cannot call myself a Christian. If I am afraid to pray for the sanctity of life, or for the care of an expectant mother, or for the grace of God to change people, than I am certain I have no faith in him who died on the cross.
Abortion in America today is a hot issue, no one wants to touch it, but as Christians who value life as created in the image of God we can do nothing else.
If you are reading this and you have had an abortion, or are contemplating abortion, there is grace available, a free offering from your heavenly Father, through the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. There is healing, there is mercy, there is still hope. I pray that you speak with a pastor, or another trusted person from the church. Find help because it is there waiting for you.
My wife pointedly noticed that in the above reading it may seem that if you have had an abortion you should be put to death, and according to the truth of God’s Word we should all be put to death instantly for our sin. This is the joy of the Gospel message. If you have had an abortion, or if you steal, if you are addicted to alcohol or porn, if you lie, if you commit adultery, you should be put to death because a finite sin against an infinite God is infinitely sinful. Grace be to us for Jesus Christ has accepted that death and punishment so we may live in the grace of God. Repent and believe, I beg you.
If you are reading this and you claim to be a Christian and have not seriously thought about abortion I pray that you do now. I pray that God kindles in you a heart of compassion for mothers, fathers, and children. I pray for you, that you pray for them. May God be with us as our nation moves into the future.