Addressing Abortion From a "Positive Angle" Tough to Do When It Kills Children

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 17, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Addressing Abortion From a "Positive Angle" Tough to Do When It Kills Children

by Bryan Kemper
August 17, 2010 Note: Bryan Kemper is the president of Stand True Ministries, a pro-life group that reaches out to youth and young adults. He is the author of a new book, Social Justice Begins In The Womb.

A Christian leader recently asked me to talk about abortion from a "positive angle" — here is my attempt.

Abortion is positively an act of homicide – Homicide is defined as one person killing another person.

Abortion is positively the killing of a human person – Every single person aborted is a unique, full and equal human person in a different stage of their life. Zygote, Embryo, Fetus, Infant, Toddler, Teen, Adult, Senior Citizen: all stages of the life of a human person.

There are positively no exceptions that justify abortion – Because abortion always ends the life of a human person, there is no way to justify this homicidal act. While there may be tragic circumstances that lead to the conception of some human persons, this does not change the genetic make up or value of that individual person. While the mother carrying that individual human person in her womb may have medical complications, this does not justify killing that human person.

We would never accept the killing of a three year old to save the life or protect the health of a mother; in the same manner we cannot accept the killing of that same person when they were at an earlier stage of their life.

Abortion positively causes mental trauma and pain for women and men – Abortion often causes what is referred to as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome in those who have one or participate in one. Mothers, fathers and even siblings of those humans who have been killed by abortion often go through years of pain and aguish when they realize what has actually happened.

Abortion is positively dangerous – The abortion industry is one of the least regulated medical fields and usually attracts the least qualified doctors. Women are constantly being taken from abortion mills in ambulances because of botched abortions and incompetent medical practices; many of them die.

Abortion is positively never safe – Since abortion always results in the death of at least one human person, it can never be deemed safe.

Abortion is positively not a human or woman’s right – We as human persons do not have the right to harm or kill another innocent human person. We cannot call an act of homicide a “right” for anyone.

Abortion is positively not simply a political or moral issue – While politics and morals are involved, the issue of abortion is also a matter of right and wrong, or natural law. We know it is inherently wrong for one person to murder another person, therefore this inherent wrong also applies to abortion.

Abortion is positively not something we can ignore or dismiss – Everyone has the responsibility to do what is right whether it is the biblical teaching of “love your neighbor as yourself” or the common proverb, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. When we know that our fellow human person is being killed at the rate of almost 4,000 times a day, we have a right and a duty to stand up against such an evil. When we know that in our own neighborhoods there are buildings that house these murderous practices, we must be a voice and expose the evil practices that are taking place. We must take a stand, be a voice, and rise to action against the killing of innocent little baby boys and girls.

Abortion is positively mentioned in the Bible – While the word abortion may not be used, the word murder is. The murder of someone using a gun or many other weapons is not mentioned in the Bible either. It is not the method of the act of murder, but the act of murder itself which makes it wrong.

Abortion is positively a sin – The sixth commandment makes it plain and clear; You Shall Not Commit Murder.

Jesus positively can and will forgive and heal those who take part in the act of abortion – While abortion is the sin of murder, Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross is sufficient to wipe that sin white as snow. If we repent of our sins and ask God for His forgiveness, He is faithful and just to do so. God will throw our sins as far as the east is from the west: an infinite distance. Whether you are the woman who had the abortion, the man who pushed someone to have an abortion, the abortionist, the nurse who assisted in the abortion or anyone else involved, God can heal and forgive you.

The apathy, indifference and inaction of God’s people positively grieves Him – As Christians we have been given a new life, a Hope in Christ and it is our duty to share that Hope and Light with the world. We have been crucified with Christ, we no longer live but Christ lives within us. I recently saw a shirt that read “I have the right to remain silent about Jesus, but I won’t”; this is false. We do not have the right to remain silent about Jesus; we have the responsibility to shine that light to a lost and dying world.

I leave you with these two thoughts:

1. Proverbs 24 tells us – 11Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. 12If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?

2. The parable of the good Samaritan shows us three reactions to a tragic situation. Two of the characters in the story walked passed their fellow human person as they chose not to love their neighbor. The third character recognized his fellow human person as his neighbor and choose to love him.

My question to you and this Christian leader that sparked this commentary, after reading this and knowing that almost 4,000 innocent baby boys and girls are lying in that proverbial ditch is: Will you be the Priest, the Rabbi or the Samaritan?


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