This past week the anniversary of Roe V. Wade was celebrated and mourned. It was an occasion of rejoicing for those who advocate abortion. It was a time of sorrow for those who respect human life.
The practice of abortion is nothing other than paganism. Long ago God warned His people about worshipping Molech. He said, “Whoever of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who gives any of his descendants to Molech, he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I will set My face against that man and will cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name. And if the people of the land should in any way hide their eyes from the man when he gives some of his descendants to Molech, and they do not kill him, then I will set My face against that man and against his family; and I will cut him off from his people, and all who prostitute themselves with him to commit harlotry with Molech” (Lev. 20:1-5).
In worshipping Molech, the god of the Ammonites, children were killed and offered as burnt offerings (The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia). Solomon was built high places for the worship of Molech (1 Kgs. 11:7). Ahaz and Manasseh were guilty of this form of pagan worship as well (2 Kgs. 16:1-3; 2 Chron. 33:1-6).
One difference between the worship of Molech and modern abortion practices is whether or not the child is inside or outside the womb. Though, that line is being erased by abortion advocates. Another difference is that men today are too “sophisticated” to carve a piece of wood or fashion metal in the form of a god.
Just as child sacrifice was sinful in the Old Testament, so it is under the New. Murder is wrong, whether the victim is an adult, child or unborn infant (Rom. 13:9; Rev. 21:8; 22:15). Those who commit it stand condemned before God.
The abomination of abortion may be legal, but it is not lawful. Let us speak against it and pray God’s mercy on our nation.
Steven F. Deaton