Thinking Cap # 25 - Killing the Baby Killers
You've read about it in the newspapers. You've watched the media go crazy. You may even
have felt (at least in the flesh) that some justice was being served. But, is it right.
Just how far should a Christian go in stopping abortion? Pray about it only? Perhaps write
a letter to the editor? Maybe be so bold as to walk in a protest march? If you are really
feeling incensed, perhaps you would even chain yourself to the front doors. But, would you
kill the perpetrators. Would you kill the "doctors" who are killing the babies
in their mothers wombs? Just how far are we Biblically justified in going in our political
Before you respond too quickly, let me toss out a hypothetical parallel. Assume that
you are walking down the street and see a mugger jump out of the bushes across the street
and grab a 12 year old girl. You then see the mugger begin to rape and attack the girl. To
what extent would you go to stop this mugger? Pray only? Write a letter to the newspaper
condemning muggers and rapist? Or, would you, if there were no other option available,
take the life of the mugger to stop his attack?
Should we kill the baby killers? What does the Bible say? Responses are welcome (with supporting Scriptures of course). until
Friday, April 19,1996
This is a volatile issue and I don't think that I would tend to quickly condemn
Christians on either end of the spectrum. This is just my opinion, but here is how I would
approach the topic.
- As Christians we are directed by God to obey secular authority in our lives (Ro.13:1-7;
1 Pet. 2:13-15). Thus, we are to obey the laws of the land. If they prohibit peaceful
protesting, then legally, we should not protest. If they prohibit murder, then we should
not commit murder.
- It is important that we, as Christians (Christ-like-ones) set a proper example and not
react as the world does when faced with conflicts (Matt. 26:52-55; 1 Pet. 3:15-16). I
shudder to think of how often we have become our own worst enemy by our actions and
mean-spiritedness. Doug MacLaughlin makes an excellent point in his book "Reclaiming
Authentic Fundamentalism" when he states, "We have lost more people to the cause
of Christ due to our disposition than by our position."
- No matter what the circumstances (excluding the situation of war), it is not the
prerogative of the individual to take the life of another (again, self-defense is not a
consideration here). Capital punishment is the responsibility of the government (Ge. 9:6).
I must not kill another (Ex. 20:13; Ro. 2:1; Matt. 5:21).
- However, when we see God's Word being violated (and make no mistake, abortion is in
violation of God's Word), we must speak out (Eph. 5:10-11). This can take the form of
verbally confronting the employees of abortion clinics, those who go to them, the owners
of the property, writing letters to the editor, peacefully protesting and providing
alternatives to abortion to those in need (when was the last time you sent a check to
support an alternative group?).
- If you feel that you are being asked to violate God's higher law by sitting silently or
by tacit participation (through taxes or public funds), then you have a right to rebel
against the law of the land (Acts 5:29). This is basically what the Hebrew midwives did
regarding the baby Moses (and we should all thank God that they did rebel against the
unjust law of the pharaoh). Ex. 1:17-21. Daniel was another good example of "civil
disobedience" as seen in Daniel 6:10.
- If and when you decide to break the law in an act of civil disobedience, you should also
be prepared to accept the punishment exacted by the government with a Christian spirit and
testimony (1 Pet. 3:17)
- In general, it is a good idea to leave judgment of evil doers to God. In His timing and
in His way, He will not forget iniquity, nor allow the evil-doer to go unpunished (Ex.
34:7a; Rom. 12:19-21)
Berean Baptist Church
West Palm Beach, FL
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