January 22, 1973, in a 7-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that abortion on demand is a fundamental right under the Constitution. How far from God we were then and have continued to be.
It began in the Garden of Eden. Our first rebellion. Our first instance of where mankind determined that it was the definer of what is right and what is true and what is pure. It was in the garden that man decided he would act on God’s behalf. Forget what the command was. Eve decided she would believe what the serpent told her. They sinned. They found out they were naked. In Genesis 3:11 God asks them, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” Now here is an opportunity to fess up to what they had done, but what do they do? Blame shift. Adam says it’s God’s fault, Eve says it’s the serpent’s fault. Sure the serpent was crafty, but so what? Adam and Eve has the clear command of God: “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17)
They had the pick of any tree in the Garden, but this particular tree gave one the ability to know good and evil. They could be like God. At least that’s what the serpent told them. Eve twisted the command of God didn’t she? She told the serpent that they couldn’t even touch it, but here comes Satan with the lie. “The serpent said to the woman, ‘You surely will not die!'” (Genesis 3:4)
Satan lied then and he continues to lie now. Adam and Eve did die, and we died with them. Spiritual death is far worse then physical death.
As we come up on the 36th anniversary of one of the worst decisions in American legal history, we need to recognize that as soon as man fell, God provided a means of salvation. Instead of pronouncing judgment on Adam and Eve, God let Satan know that Jesus Christ would crush his head. Yes, there were consequences to their sin, but first there was an avenue of forgiveness. That’s the way God is.
If you have had an abortion, it cannot be undone, but it can be forgiven. God does not want you to live with the weight of that sin on your shoulders. He wants you to place it on the shoulders of the only One that can bare your sin. He freely offers forgiveness through the work that His Son Jesus Christ completed on Calvary’s cross. I encourage you to seek comfort from the Comforter, from the God who was in the Garden on that rebellious day.