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Being Slave vs. Free and Unborn vs. Born

Piper wrote a great article regarding Lincoln’s take on the logic of slavery. He extended the logic very well into the area of abortion.

I saw that one of the most popular posts on WordPress a week ago regarded a technique for stumping anti-abortionists like Dr. Piper (I’m not going to link to it because it would be a waste of your time). The writer proposed that if you want to stump an anti-abortionist, just ask them this, “If abortion were made illegal, what should happen to women who get an illegal abortion?” I don’t think Piper would’ve been too stumped by this line of questioning.

It seems to me that the abortionist’s way to stump the anti-abortionist (a label that I welcome) is to take the focus off of the issue, the personhood of the unborn. The logic is revealed – they do not consider the unborn to be a person and so abortion is permissible for us. Do you see how this compares with the logic of slavery? If certain members of the human race aren’t considered persons, then we can enslave them. If certain members of the human race aren’t considered persons, then we can kill them.

I don’t sit around thinking up ways of stumping abortionists. I think it would be much more profitable to those on both sides of the matter if we would spend more time considering the issues rather than trying to come up with tricky ways of stumping those who may disagree with us.

Abortion and the Moral Gray Area

The writer of Proverbs 24:11-12 knows there will be some who will disobey his wise council. Not only will they disobey, but they will be capable of offering up ignorance as an excuse for their disobedience. The fact that they are even capable of claiming ignorance in their disobedience implies that there must be some reason for why they are able to do this. John Piper said it something like this – the situation must be that if you wanted to, you could say you were lacking knowledge or you were unaware that people were dying and so you did nothing. To me, this speaks loudly – it screams – of application in our day to the issue of abortion and other attacks on the sanctity of human life. The pro-abortion movement is all about promoting ignorance. Read the literature available at abortion clinics. They use words like zygote and fetus and extraction and CHOICE. And they do this with a purpose. They are giving people the opportunity to stay in the dark if they want to and it is sin. And it is exactly what people want.

Even the judges of the Supreme Court of the United States used ignorance as an excuse. Here is what is written in the majority opinion of the court in the case of Roe v. Wade:

When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer.

Do you see what they have said? They have claimed the proverbial moral gray area regarding the issue of human life and abortion. All they did was admit our ignorance and then choose to use it as a reason to NOT protect the lives of the unborn.

Imagine with me if you would what the so-called experts would say to try and explain to my 6 year-old daughter what a doctor is doing when they perform an abortion. Of course I would absolutely never dream of doing that to my daughter, but can you imagine with me what it would look like to watch the so-called experts explain themselves to a child. That’s because words like zygote and fetus and extraction and choice will mean nothing to a 6 year-old and so when it comes down to it – the claim of ignorance is stripped away in the presence of innocence. If you asked any child what was growing in the belly of my wife the overwhelming answer would be “a baby”. That may be partly because they have been taught this (and thank God for that), but even more than that – they have seen what comes out of the bellies of expectant mothers! Babies do!

The reason there is a gray area which mankind is even capable of using as an excuse is because in our own willful and sinful ignorance, we have created the moral gray area to bail ourselves out. It is the church’s duty to strip away the gray area and ignorance and moral confusion. It is the church’s duty on the authority of God’s word, to draw the distinct line that divides right from wrong and truth from lies.