Abortion wasn’t a spiritual problem fifty years ago. America wasn’t a culture of death either. Did we launch pro-life movements then? Did we march on Washington or bombard social media with the message of life for the unborn? No. Illegal abortion existed. Yet without modern technology and the internet, most people – Planned Parenthood included – knew that abortion killed an unborn child. They didn’t want to be murderers, whether or not they wanted their children and whether or not those children were planned. More people were Christians too.
Abortion is legal today, thanks to the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision (1973). But it’s just the surface problem. As I explained in “Abortion: A Curse on America,” if every person were a spirit-filled Christian who believed and obeyed God, then abortion would not exist. A clinic would be open in every city, but no one would enter it. RU-486 would be stocked on the shelves of every drugstore, but no one would buy it. Why do people enter clinics and buy drugs in order to kill their unborn children? Sometimes they’re pressured by parents, friends, boyfriends, or rapists / pedophiles. Yet sometimes they’re not. This is the real problem.
The organization Secular Pro Life launched four years ago to appeal to non-religious people who believe in physical life for the unborn. It also wants to make the pro-life movement more inclusive by rallying around “shared bases of understanding.” Yet I wonder how, without God, these people believe in physical life at all. I also wonder why pro-life Christians are aligning with them spiritually. I addressed the dangers of such a partnership in “Unholy Alliances: Abby Johnson Exposed.” I see no one listened.
Most arguments against abortion do not require the existence of a god. We start from a premise that is shared by many religions and by secular humanism: the lives of human individuals are exceedingly valuable. A religious person might express this concept as the “sanctity” of life, while a secular person might refer to the possession of fundamental human rights. The core value judgment is the same. — “Pro Life Without God”
Christianity alone preaches the value of life — the imago dei human being God created (Genesis 1:27). Only Christianity exalts our humanity. Abortion is demonic. It’s also a heart problem, a sin problem – a spirit of death in the soul since the Fall of Adam and Eve. Unbelievers know nothing of sin and death in the human heart. They don’t know how to combat it with anointed prayer and evangelism either. How, then, can they ‘preach’ and believe in life?
Life is more than physical because we are more than bodies. True life is spiritual; we are souls. God is the author of life, both physical and spiritual, so true life is not a banner or a movement. It’s a person. Jesus Christ says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). In Christ alone is life and his “life is the light of men” (1:4). We must come to Jesus for eternal life (5:40).
How can atheists and unbelievers believe in and advocate physical life when they deny its divine author? True science says human life begins at conception and thanks to 21st-century technology we can supply evidence for this fact. What if that technology did not exist? Would atheists and unbelievers believe in the existence of a tiny embryo that they can’t see with their physical eyes but which still lives and moves? Would they refuse to believe without scientific evidence? Without modern technology, could a secular pro-life movement survive?
The same is true of spiritual life. Atheists and unbelievers know nothing about this daily, other-worldly existence – this higher plane – of spirit-filled Christians. They certainly cannot see such life with their physical eyes, which is why they deny it exists. To them it might as well be a fantasy world. Yet spiritual life is more real than physical!
Life is a choice. We must choose life, both physical and spiritual, so that we and our children can live (Deuteronomy 30:19). However, life is also a gift from God. Thanks to this good and perfect gift, we have eternal life in Jesus Christ (Romans 6: 23, James 1:17). God grants us physical life without our choice, regardless of our human parents’ wills. He can also take that life away, with or without our help. If God removed his spirit from the earth, all mankind would instantly perish (Job 34:14-15). Spiritual life is different. We have a choice. We must ask God for eternal life, but even our desire and request are made possible only after he draws us to him (John 6:44, 65).
Millions flock to the “life” banner. Yet few flock to the banner of Jesus Christ, the source of life. If we choose God, we’ll receive eternal life. If we choose anyone else, spiritual death is the result. Life without God does not exist. How can a pro-life movement succeed if it leaves God out?
If we must march under a banner let it be that of Christ, with his life as a heavenly gift. Let us combat sin and death in the human heart through anointed prayer and evangelism, since only a converted heart will love Christ the author of life and choose life. Let us also move in the power of the Holy Spirit. Only then will our pro-life efforts produce fruit that lasts (John 15:16).