May The Lord Turn Him into A Mighty Man for Him!
In our day abortion is a much discussed issue in certain circles, while in others it is merely a fact of life and a simple choice. Last year alone approximately 1.3 million babies were aborted in our country, and this has continued for decades! It is estimated that about 43% of all pregnancies are “unintended” and therefore candidates for being aborted. Others are due to perceived or known defects in the baby that are discovered by check-ups with a physician.
I read a fascinating, and yet heart-wrenching story of a little boy who, while still in the womb, refused to die in spite of all the efforts of the doctors to kill him. Little Gabriel was diagnosed with an enlarged head and the doctors thought he would die in the womb, endangering his twin brother. The decision was to “terminate” his life.
But our Lord, giver of all life, had other plans for this little guy. The doctors tried to sever his umbilical cord but found it was too strong (now you try to figure THAT one out!). Then they cut the placenta, which would essentially starve him to death, but he held on for 5 more weeks and was born. Oh may the Lord save this little one and make him mighty for the work of the Kingdom!
The story alone is spell-binding, but there are some issues that stand out in the whole thing. First, there is no attempt to hide the reality that this little guy was just that, a little boy. No calling it a fetus or tissue or something else. The termination was a termination of a life. Gabriel was perceived as “suffering” while in the womb (of course there was no discussion of any suffering the doctors would be causing him after the placenta or cord was cut). All of this speaks to the hard reality that though we try to not call that entity in the womb of a woman a child, a human, we all know it is.
Second, what stands out is the utter casualness that permeates this story. It is a ho-hum attitude toward the attempted killing of this little boy who would not die. As you read it you have to almost constantly remind yourself that this was a person’s life being overtly threatened. If it were outside a womb it would have been a horrible story, but somehow it is easy to miss that since the baby was not yet born.
Third, I thought it interesting how repeatedly the idea was that they were going to “let him die,” as if they had nothing to do with it. It would be like putting a noose over a person neck, kick the bucket out from under his feet, and “let him die.” There is a complete lack of shame or shock that despite their best efforts they could not kill this little boy who was suffering, sick, and would not survive once born.
Now the doctors and the mother are all beaming with pleasure and happiness. They see it as a miracle, though who accomplished this miracle is not defined. They thing it is great that he is alive but they do not speak of the evil that they were trying to do to him. And the mother now takes him home to care for and to raise . . . which seems so twisted in logic.
How do we respond to this? Do we cluck our tongues and shake our heads with disgust? Do we shrug our shoulders and go on with life? How about chain ourselves to the doors of the hospital and stand in vigils outside this woman’s home with pictures of aborted babies on signs? What is a Christian response?
In all things it begins and ends with the work of Christ on the cross. We are reminded here that mankind no longer understands that they are a unique creation of the Lord’s. That we all carry with us the imago dei (the image of God) and that it is holy before the Lord. This story screams out that the Fall is true and sin reigns in the hearts of man. It shows the dulling effects of sin. We must show that abortion is evil precisely because it is the destruction of an image carrier, which is precious beyond words. We must speak of the cost of destroying that image, that there is a blood-guiltiness that comes with it. As our Lord said in Genesis 9:5-6, “And surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.” Then we also must point to the Lord Himself, where innocent blood was shed for our sin, including that of murder. We must call people to come and see that the Lord is good and shall forgive all sin for those who find Him to be most precious. And lastly we must preach that the Lord is establishing His Kingdom and shall take all that is evil and cast it away one day, where there shall no longer be abortions, and sickness, and sin.