Can Only Cells Leap in Praise?
“As a med student I had to observe as one of my professors aborted a baby at 20 weeks. I was already solidly pro-life, but watching this Down Syndrome baby be destroyed, solidified my position. I swore this would never be a part of my obstetrics practice.”
My doctor friend has spent his career caring for women and the tiny lives they shelter from conception to delivery. I just got to spend three days with him, and he has kept his vow to be the protector of little ones and their expectant moms. On Thursday morning over biscuits and gravy he raised a question that powerfully critiques Roe vs. Wade’s viability argument.
“In 1973 the ability of a baby to live outside the womb either with or without medical existence was about 26 weeks. Now it’s standard to perform full-scale resuscitation measures on any baby 22 weeks, 6 days, or greater. So what about aborting a baby at 22 weeks, 5 days?” My friend exposed the fallacy of putting an arbitrary number on when a child should be saved or destroyed. Today with the increased power of sonograms we can now see clearly the direct line in the womb from the union of sperm and egg to implantation all the way to the birth of a child.
If you’re pro-life, like my OBGYN friend, you’re strongly agreeing with what I’m saying. On the other hand, if you’re pro-choice, you passionately disagree. It all depends upon our point of view and the internal story we believe is redemptive. But how can we determine whose got the right story? Let’s lay aside our viewpoint and open ourselves up to Luke’s perspective.
In his intro to his Gospel he told us that he would give accurate information on the life of Jesus from the beginning. Think through Luke 1 so far and ask yourself, “How does Dr. Luke feel about pregnancy and the importance of a baby in the womb?” Then go on and read today’s verses, Luke 1:39-45
“Then Mary arose in those days (six months into Elizabeth’s pregnancy v. 36). She hurried to the hill country to a town in Judah. She entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out loudly, ‘Blessed are you among women. Blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why has the mother of my LORD come to visit me? For as soon as my ears heard your greeting, the baby in my woman leaped for joy. Blessed is the one who has believed that it will be fulfilled what was spoken to her from the LORD.’” Luke 1:39-45
Zechariah, the old, childless priest, didn’t believe Gabriel’s message, but a virgin teenager in Nazareth did, and praise God, neither Elizabeth nor Mary were pro-choice. There’s no Christmas without the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus. I want to follow John’s inside the womb praise and leap for joy because of Jesus Christ the Lord.
LORD, I pray for doctors, like my friend, who seek to apply what Luke teaches about the fact that it’s not just a glob of cells growing and maturing inside their mother. Thank you that a lot of my younger friends are now rejecting abortion and adopting Your view toward the importance of being fruitful and multiplying. Thank You most of all that John, even inside his mom, revealed who Jesus was—the LORD in human form.
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