What's the deal with Christians and abortion? Part 2
Updated: Sep 10, 2019
Here's something I've really had a hard time understanding. Why is it that Christians have become so willing to overlook certain “sins” but not others? And why is abortion the only non-negotiable for Christians?
Before I go on, please hear me. I hate abortion. I really do. I think it’s awful. I am pro-life all the way. If there was a magic wand I could wave and get rid of the entire concept of abortion I’d do it immediately. But to be fair, I don’t think there’s anyone who “likes” abortion. There’s no one who enjoys killing babies in the womb or gets pregnant just for kicks so they can go get an abortion. I believe that the people who get abortions genuinely feel they have no other options, not because they think it’s a fun way to spend a Thursday afternoon.
Abortion is the one issue almost every Christian is unwilling to compromise on. But why? I agree that it’s not a good thing, but is it worse than sexual assault? Worse than drug trafficking or child prostitution? Is it worse than tax evasion or alcoholism or extramarital affairs? Where do we draw the line?
Does the Bible speak more to these issues than others? Let's find out...
Why is it so easy for us to look past certain issues but not others? Why is abortion a dealbreaker but incest isn’t? Yes, Donald Trump said multiple times his daughter was a “piece of ass” and if he wasn’t her father he’d “probably be dating her.” The Bible says that’s definitely not ok in Leviticus 18:6-18.
What about sexual assault? Trump is on tape saying, “And when you’re a star, they let you do it, you can do anything. Grab them by the p***y, you can do anything.” Matthew 25:40 says “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do to me.” That includes sexual assault. Yes, that means what you do the least of these, including grabbing them inappropriately, you do to Jesus. Is that not worse than abortion?
What about hateful, mocking speech? Trump tweeted, “Arianna Huffington is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.” Ephesians 4:29 states, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up.” Do we think that kind of speech builds up?
What about hating immigrants? He said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” He wants to build a wall to keep immigrants out, but Leviticus 19:33 tells us, “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself.” And Deuteronomy 10:19 says, “That means you must also love immigrants because you were immigrants in Egypt.” Is this loving toward immigrants? Is this how we love them like we love ourselves? Is this not worse than abortion?
What about greed? We know how Jesus feels about that, right? I mean, 1 Timothy 6:10 says “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.” But Trump said, “The point is, you can never be too greedy.”
How about adultery? Trump has had multiple extra-marital affairs and affairs with married women and even said adultery is not a sin. In Matthew 5:27-28, Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Are infidelity and lust not as bad as abortion?
What about respecting women? I think we all know where Trump falls on that. These are things he has actually said:
"It doesn't really matter what (they) write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of a**"
"A person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a 10."
“I have days where, if I come home—and I don’t want to sound too much like a chauvinist—but when I come home and dinner’s not ready, I go through the roof."
“Women have one of the great acts of all time. The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers.”
“I think that putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing.”
You have to treat ’em like s—.”
“Pregnancy is never—it’s a wonderful thing for the woman. It’s a wonderful thing for the husband. It’s certainly an inconvenience for a business.”
Said to 14-year-old girls: “Wow! Just think—in a couple of years I’ll be dating you.”
“That woman is a fat pig who doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”
Is this godly speech? Is this worth overlooking? Paul says to Timothy in Timothy 5:2, “Treat older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” Do any of these words sound pure? Is this not worse than abortion?
Trump has been accused of raping a 13 year old girl. Is abortion so non-negotiable it's ok to overlook that?
And you know what the Bible says about abortion? Nothing. Given, it wasn't such an issue back then and God speaks about the value and sanctity of life plenty of times. But my goal is not to get you to think abortion is ok (I don't think it's ok, most people don't), my goal is to get you to realize that, while it's awful, we can't overlook so many other awful things that Jesus explicitly tells us are wrong because of a single issue. Overlooking one awful thing in favor of another awful thing still gets us awful things.
My point is not to tell you that Donald Trump has said terrible things, I’m sure you already knew that. I'm just trying to figure out, how do we decide what to overlook? We can overlook ALL of this? The incestual comments, the sexual assault, the racism, xenophobia, greed, pride, and blatant disrespect of women, but not abortion? Is abortion worse than all of this?
All of these lives are important, so how do you put more value on one than the other? How do you overlook such horrific things for ONE single political issue that we shouldn't be legislating anyway because, spoiler alert, it's super hard to legislate morality. Need proof? Ask someone how the Prohibition is going.
I just don't understand. Abortion is bad, yes. But there are so many underlying issues that cause people to feel the need to get abortions. These are hurting people, not people we should be shaming and legislating against. How can we say that abortion is worse than greed or assault or raping a 13 year old girl? Are you prepared to make that judgment? Because I certainly am not.