by Isaiah Armbrecht
I am on a Lutheran college campus and abortion is generally frowned upon. I mean, it’s not a common topic that comes up around the dinner table or when playing cards or when studying. I think it is assumed that everyone thinks that abortion is an abomination. However, when Reagan Nielsen from Students for Life came to our campus, I think she aptly summed up the problem with our campus by saying that we are apathetic about the abortion issue. So perhaps this is a call to action on my own part, as well as my friends and brothers who are on Lutheran college campuses, to confess the truth and commit to action.
Let’s start with the basics. I am no biology or anatomy major, but what is in a mother’s womb is not a part of the mother; it is a separate organism. This is in contrast to that often used argument against those who would call themselves pro-life, that it is the mother’s body, and she can do what she wants with her body, after all. This treats the baby as a cancer and not a human being. If all babies are cancers, then what are we doing living here? We too were once in our mothers’ wombs, so why do we live while others perish under this arbitrary punishment?
This is but a small part of talking to those who defend abortion; there are many other ways the conversation could go. However, an essential to every discussion about this issue must center in the Gospel: that God the Son came into the world and was made incarnate in the Virgin Mary’s womb. He went through the process that we all went through: growing in His mother’s womb and then being born in Bethlehem. He was born there, in frailty and great meekness, so that He could grow into a man, live a perfect life and die the death that all mankind deserved. He buried all our sins in the tomb and rose again from the dead that glorious Easter morning. This was all done for us, for our Lord did not want to leave us in despair and death, but to bring to us, to give to us, eternal life. Because His resurrection is sure, so is ours. Our God is a “God…of the living” (Matt. 22:32). We confess the truths about God’s work in procreation and life because our Christ has redeemed us from death to give us life.