Christians are always asked where they stand when it comes to abortion. As Christians, this question allows us to express our religious views on the topic.
Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy, which leads to the death of the fetus or embryo. The Christian religion – and so many other religions – is strictly against this act as it goes against the sixth commandment of God “thou shall not kill” (Exodus 20:13).
Every human is created in God’s image and likeness, and each human life is sacred. So, abortion is a sin not only to God but to humans as well and against the Christian doctrine.
It is not proper for a Christian to partake in the act or play a supporting role in the process of abortion.
Now the answer to the question is NO. Christianity does not support abortion because it is a sin. As Christians, we are to flee away from all forms of immoral acts that lead to us partaking in abortion.
Therefore, we should try our best possible to desist from such acts and also let others know that as Christians, we need to desist from such immoral and shameful act.
Effects of Abortion on the church/Christians
The act of abortion has a deadly effect on us as Christians and even to the body of Christ. Below are some of the effects of abortion
1. Shame and disgrace
The sin of abortion is a shameful and disgraceful act that we should avoid. Abortion brings about Shame not only to the families involved but also to the body of Christ and, at the same time, question the Christian faith.
Once it is a known fact that any member of the church has done such a thing, the church becomes a laughing stock. This turns the church to a topic of gossip and brings doubt on our reputaion.
2. Doubt to the Christian faith
What will you say to unbelievers when they find out such shameful acts? People will doubt the words we teach if we as Christians don’t practice what we preach. There will be no way to share our beliefs and stand on issues like this if, as Christians, we partake in it.
3. Guilt and depression
The guilt you feel from killing an unborn child can never be underestimated as an unbeliever more or less as a believer. The Bible says our body is the temple of the holy spirit, and when you commit abortion, you sin against not only yourself but also the holy spirit.
A sense of guilt which follows abortion sometimes leads some to depression. This is because it could be difficult for them to forgive themselves knowing full well the gravity of the offense.
4. Creates a vacuum
The Bible says sin is a reproach. Now, as a Christian who has delved into this kind of sin, a lot of things would change about you.
Carrying the sense of shame and quilt as a result of the act of abortion, one losses the zeal and confidence to participate actively in the Church. This being the case, recharging one’s spiritual battery becomes much more difficult; and if care is not taken, one could completely move away from the faith and the Church.
5. Lack of peace
Once you commit abortion as a Christian, your peace will be lost. You will always be disturbed by your conscience because you have done sometime that is bad and wrong in the sight of God and humans.
Even when no one is aware, you will keep feeling everyone knows what you have done. While in church, your mind will keep going back to that sin that you have committed, thereby making you feel unworthy to be in God’s presence.
6. Drastic change
There will be a change in you physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc. You will notice a drastic change in your spiritual life. Your prayer life will be down, and you may begin to feel like the Holy Spirit has left you because you have sinned against your body which is the temple of God.
What to do when you fall into this type of sin
Here are some of the what you should do if in the past you have committed the sin of abortion and are still carrying the guilt, shame and consequences.
The first thing you should do is pray. Confess your sin to God and pray to Him, sincerely asking for his mercy and forgiveness. Ask Him to give you the courage and strength to overcome fleshly temptations. Then follow the process or pattern that your Church has laid down for reconciliation.
2. Talk to someone who is spiritually-minded
You can talk to someone who is spiritually minded, has full knowledge of the scripture that can guide you through that present predicament.
3. Talk to your pastor
Pastors are there for guidance and to correct us when we make mistakes. You should go to your pastor and tell him/her what you have done. They will definitely assist you in prayers and Instruct you what to do. More so, they are the shepherds of the church and in the best position to guide you when you go astray.
Is There Redemption for those who have committed abortion?
As Christians, we are also humans, and we are prone to temptations at all times. The answer is yes. There is redemption for all those who have fallen into the sin of abortion, either one way or the other, if you ask for forgiveness (Eph 1:7).
He said in his word in Romans 9:15b “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion” If you are a Christian and have committed the sin of abortion, you can gain your salvation back by asking God to show you mercy.
We are redeemed by the blood of Christ, which he shed on the cross of Calvary, and through his blood, our redemption is sure. For if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1st John 1:9). However, remember that yesterday was yours, the present (today) is yours, but the next minute (tomorrow) is not yours. Make amendment today if you have fallen into it. And avoid it forever by avoiding the actions that lead to it.