You shall not murder. — Exodus 20:13
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. — Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT)
Words, phrases, meanings, and definitions.
Recently I was reading an article written in support of the issue of abortion, and the article used the term “safe abortion.”
Safe abortion. What does this phrase mean? Or maybe a better question is, what is it meant to accomplish or convey when spoken?
Well, let’s define the two words of this phrase.
A definition of “safe” is “protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost.”
Another definition of “safe” is “free from harm or risk: unhurt…secure from threat of danger, harm, or loss.”
The second word is abortion. What is its definition?
“Abortion” means “the deliberate taking of the life of a baby in her mother’s womb.”
Another definition of abortion is “the murdering of a baby before he or she is born.”
So the phrase safe abortion appears to speak of a “safe method of killing a human baby.”
What could such a phrase possibly mean?
Sadly, it’s a phrase meant to deceive and mislead.
There is no safe method of taking the life of a human being, and there is no way to murder a human being without harming that human being.
There is no right way to do wrong.
There is no such thing as a safe abortion – period. Here is one of many reasons why: during an abortion, 100 percent of the time, a human being dies. A human life is deliberately ended. And sadly, in some cases, more than the baby dies.
We live in a world full of deceptive words, phrases, and concepts that are conveyed through many forms of media every day.
Reproductive healthcare. What is that?
Abortion, as harsh as it may sound, is actually first-degree murder. It’s the planned murder of an innocent human being.
When the word “abortion” is changed to such phrases as reproductive health, or a woman’s right to choose, or a human right, these words don’t change the reality of what is being carried out.
And when did people start to classify murder as a form of healthcare?
Abortion still murders an innocent human child. These terms simply sound “nicer” or more pleasant. They don’t sound quite so harsh when someone says them.
Sadly, the result is the same. An innocent human life is snuffed out.
How important it is that we, the Church, seek to boldly speak the truth in love. And how important it is that we not seek to fool ourselves or anyone else.
Abortion is wrong, and it always will be. Again, there is no right way to do wrong.
In the midst of all of these truths, we are not to despair.
Be mindful that we serve a merciful Heavenly Father. His Word tells us:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. — 1 John 1:9
If we confess our sin and repent of it, Christ will forgive us of this and other sins and set us free.
Christ is ready to forgive, heal, and restore all that come to Him.
So, in a world full of deception, lies, and darkness, may we, the Church, are always ready and know the truth.
And may we always faithfully seek, in love, to proclaim that truth to a world that clearly needs to hear it and be transformed by it.
Photo credit: American Life League (Creative Commons) – Some rights reserved
Joseph Parker is Chairman of the Board of the Pregnancy Care and Hope Center and serves as Director of Outreach and Intercession with the American Family Association. He has been in the ministry for almost 40 years and hosts the radio broadcast, “The Hour of Intercession,” on the American Family Radio network.
The views expressed in opinion articles are solely those of the author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by Black Community News.
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