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.
It is a great time to be a woman here in America. We can get as good of an education as a man. We can enter the work place unchallenged. We can vote. If abused, we can press charges. We can enter politics. We can be heard.
And yet do these freedoms exalt us to a position of deity? Do we now have a blank check to do whatever we want? If society gives us such freedom, then we must be the measure of truth…right?
Perhaps I could accept this line if thinking if it were not for the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Yes, I am a woman, but I gladly bow my knee the man Jesus Christ. Trusting in Jesus is far superior to trusting in “women” due to the following reasons:
1. The Matter of Truth. Jesus actually called himself “The Truth” (John 14:6) and I know myself far too well to think that I should not go around calling myself, “Stacey, the Truth.” I cannot spell without word processing, I get the flu, and I lose my keys. Therefore it follows that when I think I am right about something and it contradicts what Jesus says, I have two options, I can either default to the fact that he is The Truth or I can live pretending that I am. When Jesus says that murder, sexual immorality, and slander defile a person (Matt 15:19-20), even if that rubs me the wrong way, I must bow the knee to him because I trust that he is The Truth and I am not.
This principle applies to abortion. When a woman experiences an unwanted pregnancy, she has to choose whether to bow the knee to Jesus and love her unborn neighbor or listen to the voice of feminism which tells her that she is the measure of truth and her choices are right, even when Jesus says they are wrong. Every time a woman aborts she is trusting in her own mind and feelings and is not trusting in Jesus who is always right. Clearly, allegiance to Jesus and allegiance to “women” simply cannot coexist.
2. The Matter of Making Good Choices. I read on the internet a pro-choice slogan, “If you can’t trust me to make a choice, how can you trust me with a child?” The pinnacle of autonomy is the right to do whatever I want, whenever I want. Therefore, according to this line of reason, America needs to back off of my body when it comes to the matter of abortion. After all, if I cannot make a good decision about whether or not to abort, then I would not make a good mom anyway.
And then Jesus comes into the picture. And, according to Jesus, we are all sinners and we cannot be “trusted” to make good choices. When left to ourselves, we end up hating the God who gives us breath, worshipping trees and killing our children. And that is why God mercifully gives us his Law. He mercifully tells us how not to screw up our lives and how not to kill one another off. And, when he looks down and sees that we are all doing what we want anyway, that is when he comes down to earth and dies on a cross for all the abortions, apathy towards him, and thanklessness.
Jesus made the choice to die in order to give us life. He made the choice to give up his body so that my body can be resurrected and live forever. In contrast, many women today are making the choice to kill their unborn children so that they might maintain their lives as they know it. They refuse to give up their bodies so that their children might live. Clearly, Jesus is far superior and this is why I bow the knee to him and not to “women.”
3. The Matter of Exaltation. “I deserve to protect my rights!” “My body, my choice.” These are common comments we hear on the sidewalks and, apart from Christ, these thoughts are deep within the hearts of all of us. “I want to make a name for myself, I don’t want anyone telling me what to do!” This is the life-blood of the pro-choice movement.
And again, we contrast this attitude with that of Jesus. Although he was in Heaven, free from pain, accusations, and hunger, he let go of it all. He made himself nothing, he became a servant, washing the feet of even the one who betrayed him. He left perfect comfort and became nothing out of love for his enemies. He did not protect his rights. He did not call down angels to get him off the cross. He did not come down to earth kicking and screaming. He did not resent his Father for telling him what to do. No, he was quiet. Submissive. He died for sinners in joyful obedience to his Father.
And this love is why I choose to bow the knee to him instead of joining my fellow women in pursuit of our own glory and our own rights. I choose to be protected and loved by the one who knows how to love me better than I know how to love and protect myself. He is more worthy of trust than I am. He is better to me than I am to me.
So to those who model the “Trust Women” or “In Goddess we Trust” stickers, God is not surprised by you. People have been worshipping false gods since the beginning oftime. This is nothing new, nothing scandalous, just the same old “idols” that the Lord has always forbidden. And yet, invites you to renounce this goddess worship and come to him. He is greater than women. You will always be disappointed if you worship anything but him, because he is far superior. In the midst of this goddess worshipping culture, Jesus says to you…
“Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:22
PS Before any pro-choicers start yelling, I want to remind you that I am a woman…trust me.