We have bloody hands and a guilty conscience.
Of all the Ten Commandments, number six is the only one that our nation has codified into law: “You shall not murder.”
Since 1973, legal abortions in America have taken the lives of 55 million people. If 55 million Americans died tomorrow, whoever led the genocide would not get a parade in celebration, bumper stickers in support, or be a viable candidate for political office.
Fifty-five million lives equals 17.5% of the country’s current population. It’s a number greater than the population of any state in the Union, and greater than the population of 219 of the world’s country’s including South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Australia, Argentina, and Canada. Fifty-five million is about the same as the population of the 25 smallest states and Washington D.C. combined.
Abortion Is Murder: America’s Great Denial
Both science and Scripture are absolutely clear that life begins at conception. Taking a human life is murder, by definition, which makes abortion a murderous act.
Consider this: On December 5, John Andrew Welden will be sentenced after pleading guilty in the murder of his unborn baby. Welden’s girlfriend, Remee Jo Lee, was six weeks pregnant when he gave her an abortion pill and told her it was antibiotics.
Welden was prosecuted for violating the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. Believe it or not, federal legislation forbids the murder of an unborn baby—except in the 55 million instances when it doesn’t. And a father can be convicted of murdering his unborn child without the mother’s consent, but if a woman decides to end her pregnancy against the wishes of the father, that’s her right to choose.
Choose murder? Can’t follow all of the logic? Perhaps that’s because it’s illogical.
Evil no lesser
Thanks to ultrasound technology and pro-life advocacy, our culture is beginning to accept the fact that an abortion doesn’t just remove “tissue” but ends a human life. Yet many persist in not only killing their child but also their conscience.
In a New York Times op-ed entitled, “My Abortion, at 23 Weeks,” the author recounts her decision to terminate one of her two twins in utero after doctors discovered a birth defect. “We made sure our son was not born only to suffer,” she explains. “He died in a warm and loving place, inside me.”
The notorious abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell, likewise justified his atrocities by citing the greater good: “In an ideal world, we’d have no need for abortion. But bringing a child into the world when it cannot be provided for, that there are not sufficient systems to support, is a greater sin.”
I recently spoke with one of my friends, Dr. John Piper, who told me about a conversation he had with an abortion doctor. He recalls, “Before I could get my first of ten arguments out of my mouth, [the doctor] said, ‘Look, I know I’m killing children.’”
John was astounded, and asked the man to explain why he would do such a thing. “To be honest, my wife wants me to because it’s a matter of justice for women [and] the lesser of two evils in her mind.”
I would agree that this is a matter of justice—for the one million babies slaughtered every year as we play God and determine who lives and who dies.
As Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, said, “How can the 'Dream' survive if we murder the children? Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother. The mother decides his or her fate."
Abortion is not a matter of politics. It’s a matter of life and death, for 55 million and counting. Enough.
You shall not murder.
Pastor Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington and is one of the world's most-downloaded and quoted pastors. He was also named one of the "25 Most Influential Pastors of the Past 25 Years" by Preaching magazine, and his sermons are consistently #1 on iTunes each week for Religion & Spirituality with over 15 million of downloads each year. His latest book is "A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?" was released on November 5, 2013, and is available now.