At the National Baptist Convention, Vice President Kamala Harris told pastors and church leaders that supporting abortion is in line with biblical principles.
She said, “As extremists work to take away the freedom of women to make decisions about their own bodies, faith leaders are taking a stand, knowing one does not have to abandon their [sic] faith or deeply held religious beliefs to agree that a woman should have the ability to make decisions about her own body and not have the government tell her what to do.”
This is a standard message, especially as she speaks to churches and to Christian groups.
And it’s totally incorrect.
If Kamala Harris wants to talk about biblical principles and deeply held Christian beliefs, she should consider the following:
- Christian men and women both have been bought with a price. We do not “own” our own bodies. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body.” (I Corinthians 6:19-20)
- The Bible and the Christian faith both recognize the intrinsic value of human life from the moment of conception. God revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you…” (Jeremiah 1:5). And in prayer, King David said to God, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13)
- It is a grave evil to murder an innocent child. In the gospels Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus said that anyone who harmed an innocent child would be better off if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the sea.
If murdering an unborn child is not wrong, why do 38 states have fetal homicide laws on the books?
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