The U.S. Supreme legalized abortion in 1973 by ruling that the termination of an unwanted pregnancy is between a woman and her doctor.
On the national debate over abortion, I am not in the middle in any sense. I know with moral certainty that abortion is wrong and a grave evil. Because I am a Christian, I cannot separate my convictions about life from my deepest beliefs about the God who creates life.
Did you see the shocking headlines coming out of California last week? A woman was caught on camera with a plastic bag containing seven little puppies. She was placing them in a dumpster. She was arrested and may be charged with seven counts of felony animal cruelty.
How is it that we can see a story like this and view it as appalling and at the same time know that some 1,800 babies are legally aborted in the USA each day without feeling outrage?
The Center for Disease Control reported in its latest statistics: In 2015 ... 638,169 legal induced abortions were reported in the USA.
How does God view children? If we know the answer to that question, we know how we should view children.
Children are a gift from God. “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward (Psalm 127:3).”
Here we learn that children come directly from the hand of God. They are gifts of God’s grace. The Bible tells us that God takes personal responsibility for the creation of life in the womb.
Jesus declared that “whoever welcomes a little child … in my name welcomes me” (Mathew 18:5). Then he offered this solemn warning, “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea“ (Matthew 18:6).
Here is one of my favorite passages of scripture that highlights God’s work in us even before we were born:
Psalm 139:13–16, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
Children are like arrows. “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth” (Psalm 127:4).
An arrow is small but powerful. Think what our children can do. An arrow must be sharpened well. So, must we shape our children. An arrow can travel far. Who knows how far our children will go? An arrow must be aimed in order to hit the target.
Children are the strength of the home. “Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:5).
The Bible doesn’t specify how many children you should have, but in every place that it speaks to the subject, children are always a blessing, and many children are a sign of God’s favor.
Children are the hope of the home. “Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus is the man blessed who fears the Lord” (Psalm 128:3-4).
Olive shoots speak of great potential for the future. Mature olive trees produce fruit, wood, and valuable oil. In the same way the children given by God have vast potential for good in this world.
We can partner with the Lord Jesus Christ in the building of our homes. When we do, our families will be blessed, our children will prosper, our marriages will flourish, and Jesus Christ will be praised. There is no greater reward, no better testimony, no higher goal for Christian parents.