by Alan Daves
Like Jennifer Abel, in her column of Sept. 2, I also have felt a “heaviness in my soul” lately.
And I believe God answers prayers about our heaviness … but my answered prayer is diametrically opposed to Jennifer’s answer. Does that mean God contradicts Himself when two followers perceive different answers? No, it may mean we let our prejudices, pride and ignorance interpret His answers differently.
If you come from a point of view that “all lives REALLY matter,” which Jennifer purports to believe, then you have to accept that “lives in the womb,” even Black lives in the womb, really matter in the eyes of God.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
“For You formed my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13-14)
Jennifer says she is pro-life and would like to see zero abortions, but she thinks contraception is the answer to “driving down the abortion statistics.” Really, that’s the best you have to offer? While it may lower the statistics, there is still the American Holocaust statistic of over 60 million murdered innocents in their mother’s wombs since Roe v. Wade Jennifer!
In the same breath, Jennifer says she “wants to honor and value the lives of women who find themselves in the position of considering abortion,” and “doesn’t believe in criminalizing their choice to truly help those women.”
What about honoring and valuing the discarded fetus then?
How do you propose to honor the innocent “little ones” torn apart by the abortionist who suctions body parts from the mother’s womb as they agonize in futilely trying to avoid the probing forceps? Have you ever seen an ultrasound of an actual abortion Jennifer? I challenge you to read/watch Abby Johnson’s, former College Station Planned Parenthood Director, conversion upon watching an actual reviling ultrasound abortion.
I suppose that Jennifer (forgive me if I’m wrong) takes the position of many liberal women: “My body, my choice.” Are you sure? If God formed that “innocent one,” the baby in your womb, is it/she/he really yours? (see Jeremiah 1: 5 again)
Did not God breath life, His breath, into clay when he formed Adam from the dust of the earth? (Genesis 2:7)
And, assuming you’re not a Darwinian, does it not follow naturally that every “homo-sapien” who has ever lived since is breathing Holy breath? Even you and me Jennifer?
Logically then, whose breath is in the baby’s lungs while in their mother’s womb? (not actually breath, but relying on their mother’s breathing to receive oxygen to their developing organs, medically speaking.) An argument can thus be made that the “innoncent” in the womb rightly belongs to the Lord, ergo Jennifer?
So back to my question about honoring the slain innocent, not the mother, remains: Do you want to have a memorial to the un-named “fetus?” Hold hands and sing Kumbaya baby? Donate “baby onesies” to Goodwill? What would be honorable Jennifer?
Jennifer’s “Christian opinion” fails to have supporting Biblical exegesis for her false claim of being pro-life. In fact, her opinion as expressed is actually pro-choice. (Words matter) She wants to see zero abortions, but … she is operating on “feelings” and not the Word of God. It’s either or Jennifer, you have to love the one and hate the other (not the person, the action).
When she resorts to only believe in financial and medical resources for women in order to reduce abortions, she is being culpable and complicit with the women to choose death, not life, for their unborn child.
What I want if for women to choose life, and if they’ve had an abortion in their past, know that Jesus has open arms of forgiveness for those who repent, confess and run into His arms! And every little one who never survived their mother’s womb is an angel surrounding the Throne of God, singing with the Heavenly choir and waiting to receive that mother someday with their own arms wide open saying, “Hello Mother.”
I know for certainty, because I have a couple of great-grandchildren waiting for me, their Great-Grandfather!
As for as which candidate is right for evangelicals and/or atheists alike, we should remember we’re not electing a pastor, prophet or a perfect man/woman. We’re electing the person best suited to protect and defend the Constitution as founded, Capitalism and Christianity. And God has often chosen leaders for His flock who were bad people (Cyrus the Great, et.al), but who He could use to further His Kingdom. It’s performance that counts, not personality people.
In closing Jennifer, it’s not just Donald Trump’s words and actions that fly in direct contradiction to the character of God. It’s your words and actions, my words and actions, every person who has ever drawn breath has spoken and acted contrary to His character. “All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
But that’s no excuse to vote against Trump or for Biden. Obviously you’ve been a Trump Hater since 2016; could it be maybe you’ve been hoodwinked? (Wink, wink my sister in Christ?)
Alan Daves is a former “Prodigal Evangelical Preacher.”