Deuteronomy 30.19 “The Message”
I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live.”
Moses gave the people choices. Every good leader does that. School teachers, politicians, parents, pastors, police, even the Lord Himself. All of them offer choices.
Choices are usually simple. In the case of Moses and the people of God, the choices were very simple: Life or Death.
In the abortion debate there are only two choices really… Life or Death. This is not a debate between Pro-Choice and Pro-Life. To support or oppose a woman’s right to choose is not the pertinent issue. Life or Death are the real issues, not Life or Choice.
Every pregnant woman has a choice to make… give birth or abort. She may choose to abort whether it is legal or not. Legalized abortion simply makes the choice for Death an easier one. It softens the consequences… somewhat. Even if abortion is permissible by law, that does not make it permissible by conscience. The woman and man who make the choice to abort in a country that allows abortion must still face the consequences of conscience.
In the abortion debate, there is a high cost for every choice you make. Choose Life and you will pay the price of relinquishing your child to adoptive parents or raising the child yourself. There is nothing cheap or easy in the choice for Life. Choose Death and you will eventually and deeply ponder your decision to terminate a life. That too is a weighty choice with profound and lasting consequences.
Choose Life “and your children will live.” Choose Death and they will not live. It’s as simple as that. In the long run, a choice for Life may cost you a whole lot less.