Our present cultural crisis is largely traceable to the Christian’s sins of omission. If we choose not to engage politically and ignore the injustices around us, then we should be willing to accept the blame for the evils that surround us – such as abortion. Consider these words from Edmund Burke who warned, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Nevertheless, for the last several decades, Evangelicals seem to have isolated themselves in a Christian subculture.
In the first place, the Bible condemns abortion. For the Christian, abortion is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose. It is a matter of the life or death of a human being made in God’s image. Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knows us before He knits us in the womb; Psalm 139:13-16 speaks of God’s active role in our creation and formation in the womb; and Exodus 21:22-25 prescribes the same penalty for abortion as for someone who commits any other type of murder.
The Bible makes it clear that God considers a baby in the womb just as much of a human being as a full-grown adult. But the rationale of many Christians, although they might not agree with abortion, is that they are not responsible for another person's actions. This is simply not true. Christians tend to think that only doing wrong is a sin, but James 4:17 tells us that not doing right is also a sin: “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” According to the Bible, abortion is sin, and so is doing nothing about it.
Ray Harker is the Founder & Director of God in Government (Liberty Lighthouse Ministries), a full-time teaching ministry dedicated to God's cultural mandate and a biblical worldview. Ray is author of the books God in Government and Solid Food for the Soul. He is currently enrolled in the Advanced Biblical Studies program at Liberty University. For more information, or to host a live event, visit www.godgov.org