Oh the audacity of pro-lifers who show up on the streets and tell me what to do with my body. Not only that, but men stand in the streets, holding their Bibles, telling me what I can and cannot do with my own body. Unless they have a uterus, they have no right to tell me what to do with mine. It is my body, my sexuality, my uterus and therefore abortion is my choice.
Anyone can observe this line of reasoning loudly displayed on bumper stickers, T-Shirts, on the TV and in front of abortion clinics around the country. At first glance, it is logical. It is not culturally acceptable to go over to a stranger’s house and tell them what clothes they should or should not wear. It would also be unthinkable to tell someone standing in line at Starbucks how they should take their coffee, and so on.
However, what if our bodies are not actually our own? What if there is a God who uniquely made every feminist and every pro-choicer? What if this God has expressed his opinion on how he wants them to use the bodies he’s loaned to them?
The Biblical Perspective
God unashamedly claims that everything in the world belongs to him, not us.
- Job 41:11 Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.
- Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.
Thus, the ideology that claims that a woman’s body is her own is entirely incompatible with the Bible (despite the claims of compatibility by groups such as The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice). So, according to the Bible, my body is not my body, but instead it belongs to God. And since it belongs to God, what does he tell me to do with it?
Made to Glorify God and to Serve
We were made to glorify God in everything—including who we sleep with, do not sleep with, in eating, drinking, and in regards to the issue of abortion. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor 10:31). We are also called to use our hands as “instruments of righteousness,” to help the poor and needy, to use our speech to encourage others. We are called to serve other people, to die to ourselves for the good of others, and so on.
As this applies to abortion, God tells us to use our bodies, speech, and entire lives to “love our neighbors as ourselves” and, more specifically, to “defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Therefore, not only does the Lord prohibit us from taking the life of another human, but positively, he tells us to use our bodies to defend the helpless, in this case the unborn.
Therefore, to the girl walking into the abortion clinic wearing a My body, my choice! shirt: your body is not your own, it belongs to God. And God has commanded you to bring him glory with that body and to use it to love others.
Christianity is Better
Oh the irony. While people are loudly declaring ownership over what is not their’s (i.e. their bodies), God is saving those who have faith in Jesus. Even more, he promises to give these people new, eternal bodies. As followers of Jesus, we humbly acknowledge that our bodies, our time, and our lives are not our own. We imperfectly devote our lives to using our bodies to glorify the Lord. And yet, we eagerly await the day when we will be given new, perfected bodies that will life forever. They will be free from sinful impulses, free from sickness, free from death, made to live in a home built for us by Jesus himself. We refuse to claim ownership of our earthly shells, but instead delight in the reality that God will one day give us new, perfected bodies.
Repent of the ways you have misused the body God has given you. Trust that through Jesus you can be forgiven. And then serve God with your body now. Use it to defend, not destroy, the unborn. Live for the next life. Because being a Christian, in the long run, is far better.