The Divine Value of the Unborn

21 01 2015

January 25th is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday when all life from conception to death, is vocally treasured. I have always been pro-life, never an advocate of abortion. The opposition uses the handle “pro-choice”, as if to oppose abortion is to oppose one of our dearest liberties. The argument for abortion is not hatred for babies but that the early stages of embryonic development is not to be treated as an real person.

God’s Word is a guide for us in all truth and it says in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” There is tremendous value in the womb of a mother who is with child. 

Pastor Dave

“I formed you in the womb” Jer. 1:5. These words to Jeremiah remind us that God is deeply involved in the formation of every human being from conception. On the one hand this is a great comfort. God knew you and me as individuals before we were born. He knew us, loved us, and participated in every stage of our development. The gifts and talents you have were carefully nurtured, even as you developed in embryo. This means that you and I can be glad in who we are. We are the persons that God intended us to be. The abilities we have are His gifts, and He can use you and me to His glory.

 

On the other hand, this verse offers us a challenge. Many are confused by the rhetoric of moderns who place no value on the human fetus, dismissing the unborn as some insignificant part of a mother’s body, as easily discarded as hair that is too long or a broken fingernail. God’s words to Jeremiah, “I formed you in the womb,” confront us with the fact that the unborn child is a separate, individual person, precious to God and with full rights as a separate human being. Perhaps Jeremiah’s example of commitment to an unpopular cause, despite ridicule and abuse from his society, may encourage us to stand with God for, rather than against, the unborn.

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