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January 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

Mother's Day, Motherhood & Murder


Honoring our mothers is an absolutely appropriate and desirable action!  God Himself commands us to do it (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1)! For most people, it is easy to show honor for the person who was the vessel through whom we entered the world and has provided a lifetime of loving care.  For these reasons alone, I honor my mother, along with countless others on Mother’s Day and throughout the year.

Yet, even as we celebrate Mother’s Day, we recognize that it is a difficult time for some people who have experienced the death of a mother or have never had the blessing of a loving mother.  This pain also often includes those women who are unable to have children, for whatever reason.  For many, including men, Mother’s Day and the notion of motherhood is fraught with painful emotions and memories!

Mother’s Day and motherhood bring to my mind thoughts of murder---the murder of millions of babies through the often selfish and sinful act of abortion! Each year, particularly in the United States, thousands of babies are aborted.  For many mothers (and fathers alike) this is done as a matter of convenience.  The inconvenience of having a child weighs more heavily than the reality that the unborn fetus is an innocent child—a human person worthy of the preservation of his or her life!  

Some argue that the child is not yet a person, because they have not been born or reach some point (age) of viability.  Because the child is not able to live on his or her own without the connection to an umbilical cord, he or she is not deserving of protection or life.  Biblically, this argument cannot stand!  Since God recognizes personhood “even before we are in our mother’s womb” (Jeremiah 1:5), it is apparent that He would affirm personhood in the mother’s womb.  The Psalmist declares that [God] formed our inward parts and knitted us together in our mother’s womb (Psalmist 139:13).  

Others would say that potential physical or mental challenges would be sufficient justification for the killing of a baby in the womb.  I find this argument to be problematic on at least two (2) levels. First, it does not account for the sovereignty of God.  God points to His sovereignty even over that which is often called a disability.  He asked Moses, “Who makes [humans] mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? (Exodus 4:11).  Not only does this argument not concede authority to God over disabilities, it also takes authority from God and gives it to those who support the killing of a baby in the womb!  

Others argue for the taking of a human life, in the case of rape or incest!  Yet, even in this obviously heart-wrenching and extremely soul-damaging experience, the question remains: "Does it justify the killing of an innocent baby. As it often stated, “Two wrongs don’t make one right”! Does the sin of an evil, wretched man justify the killing of an innocent baby, even if that baby's life is the result of his sin!  If this issue is only from an emotional point of view or from the righteous anger directed at the man perpetrating the rape or incest, then a baby’s life will be required as payment for someone else sins!

The bottom line is that God, and God alone, determines the limitations of our abilities and humanity. He alone determines the circumstances under which any life may be taken.  He alone determines who and what bring glory to His name. The taking of any human life, particularly a child in the womb, must be done within the parameters of God's Will and not ours!  God alone is the All Wise, All-Loving, All Wise, and All-Powerful, All-Knowing, Righteous One! 

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