Dr. Voddie Baucham is one of my all-time faves. He is one of the few AA voices in popular culture who has not bent the knee to Caesar. If you are a committed Evangelical, I implore you to connect with him. There are tons of resources available on platforms like YouTube. I commend him along with Jason Whitlock and John Henry, who has a YouTube channel, The Gospel of Christ. Please share who you believe to be a voice worth adding to the list.
Brother Voddie has some classic lines. I draw much of my inspiration and wisdom from him. One is “Babies are not Sweet Little Angels, but Vipers in a Diaper,” and my all-time favorite is, “Southern Baptists have instituted an Eleventh Commandment which is ‘Thy Shall Be Nice.’”
Too many Evangelicals have allowed others outside the wire to control the narrative. One of the most asinine responses in opposition to the overturn of Roe v. Wade is Pro-Lifers only care about the life of the child while the mother carries the child to term but are not genuinely concerned about the child after birth. Their allegation criticizes Pro-Lifers because those outside the wire claim Evangelicals do not step up to either provide meaningful support or raise the child altogether.
If there is no better example of the moral insanity of our God-hating culture than this, I do not know what. Evangelicals correctly understand the principle of Personal-Agency. Yes, Evangelicals understand and have stood tall throughout the Ages with caring for orphans and widows, but the allegation levied against Pro-Lifers is not consistent with the long-understood Christian ethos of caring for orphans and widows (James 1:27) .
When the Bible speaks about caring for orphans and widows, it does so against the backdrop of Personal Agency. It is one thing to be an orphan or widow through no fault of your own, but when a woman volitionally chooses to engage in premarital sex and simply does not want to endure the consequences of her action, the Church has no biblical, ethical, or moral obligation whatsoever to throw her a lifeline.
I hasten to include the always controversial topic of rape and incest because I know that is the standard go-to interjection from the Pro-Abortion advocate (speaking of controlling the narrative, I refrain from employing the Satanically deceptive term Pro-Choice. Suppose the opposite stance in the controversy is corrected and classified as Pro-Life. In that case, allowing the opponent to claim the mantle of Pro-Choice is not wise nor linguistically accurate. Let’s call a spade a spade. If you permit or advocate for terminating life created in the Imago Dei, then you are nothing more than one who is Pro-Abortion or Pro-Death. Calling yourself Pro-Choice does not change the reality of the ultimate outcome. A child or, more astutely, a Person is murdered, plain and simple. It is always morally suffocating to write these words that describe our current world, especially as I have so many close friends and family members that are all too comfortable with these Hell directing and deserving moral positions.
It is irrefutable that less than 1% of abortions in America take place because of a threat to the mother, rape, or incest, so there’s that reality. Let that marinate in your consciousness for a sec. 99%, I say again, 99% of the abortions in America take place as a form of birth control. Life resulting from rape or incest, despite the horrendous action perpetuated against the female, the resulting life is still life worthy of dignity, worth, and of infinite, extreme value. Why? Because even that life bears the image of God. I must pause at this moment to state most strongly and unapologetically that all life finds its source in God.
For reasons that mere mortals may never fully understand, God chooses from time to time to bring life into the world via the heinous act of rape or incest, and sometimes even if the mother’s life is lost in the process. Another one of Voddie’s gems is “I am just the mailman delivering the mail.” I have no satisfactory answer whatsoever why God chooses to act in this manner. All I know is God has done so, and everything God does is good.
In Christ, there is only Yes and Amen (2 Cor. 1:20). Thus, I bend my knee to the Triune God in all cases because I accept God is the Potter, and I am His Clay. Enough said, at least for the fellow traveler transversing on the narrow road (Matt 7:14) Those on the broad road will never find any argument I proffer sufficient because they do not possess the requisite spiritual ears to hear. Again, I pause here to express my utter unworthiness and rejoice that God has condescended to give me spiritual ears to hear and spiritual eyes to see. Truly Amazing Grace on full display!!!
The child, even brought forth through rape and incest, still deserves life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Even fallen, corrupt men from the founding of America understood this precious truth. Again, a previous post I blogged dealt with the Principle of Subsidiarity. The Principle of Subsidiary teaches that systems or principles function best at their lowest level, so I reject Hillary Clinton’s ohmage that it takes a village to run a child. No, what it takes first and foremost is a Mom and a Dad. Yes, there are other important players in that child’s formation, but God designed it so the Mother and the Father retain the lion’s share of import (As a quick aside, that is why it is so appalling that many AA embrace the Black Lives Matter movement as that organization expressly reject male patriarchy as a valuable and necessary component for human flourishing).
Take the broader context of charity as one example. Yes, the Bible admonishes the Christ-follower to exercise benevolence to the fullest degree possible whenever appropriate, but the same infallible Word of God instructs us one will not eat if they do not work (2 Thess. 3:10).
Put another way: Actions have Consequences, and, in reality, the Evangelical may actually be interfering with the Divine Chastisement of an All-Wise God by unwisely providing aid to someone living in open rebellion to God’s prescriptive decrees (a prescriptive decree is a command from God that man has the freedom to obey or disobey like the Ten Commandments. God commands us not to steal, for example, but man has the freedom to either obey or disobey this divine command).
In her zest to be nice, remember Voddie’s Eleventh Commandment; I hear many voices in the Evangelical community wringing their hands, fretting over whether the Church will stand ready to provide aid to women who are now forced to carry their pregnancy to term. Lord willing, a future blog post will deal specifically with how our inward focus, navel-gazing culture spurns the biblically exalted picture of Motherhood and instead as something to be regarded as a nasty inconvenience toward the woman’s godless pursuit of her personal fulfillment.
While the Bible portrays children in the most positive light, and the Bible delights in children so much, it quantifies children in terms of a quiver in a man’s array of arrows,
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate (Psalm 127:4-5).
Most regrettably, in this God-hating culture, children are regarded as an optional ornament to be highly or lowly valued, totally dependent upon the whims of the individual. All done as if God is not keeping meticulous notes and will not justly hold every man and woman accountable for their actions, again the principle of Personal Agency rearing its ubitiquous head.
So, as I hasten to bring this blog post to an end, I am responsible for the children I sire, no more, no less. There may be internal or even external events that God providentially brings into my life that necessitate my wife and I take on parental responsibility for a child born outside our marital union. That is that, but this is not what the Pro-Death adherent is advancing as their criticism towards the Pro-Life advocate.
Each man and woman is singularly or in the case of conception jointly responsible for the consequence of their actions, and even when tragedy occurs, like in rape or case of incest, the Bible’s response is not the larger society but their individual family to provide aid. Just take the case of the widow in 1 Timothy 5:3-16
Honor the widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to show godliness to their own family and repay their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. The widow who is truly in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day in her petitions and prayers. But she who lives for pleasure is dead even while she is still alive. Give these instructions to the believers, so that they will be above reproach. If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. A widow should be enrolled if she is at least sixty years old, the wife of one man, and well known for good deeds such as bringing up children, entertaining strangers, washing the feet of the saints, imparting relief to the afflicted, and devoting herself to every good work. But refuse to enroll younger widows. For when their passions draw them away from Christ, they will want to marry, and thus will incur judgment because they are setting aside their first faith. At the same time they will also learn to be idle, going from house to house and being not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies, discussing things they should not mention. So I advise the younger widows to marry, have children, and manage their households, denying the adversary occasion for slander. For some have already turned aside to follow Satan. If any believing woman has dependent widows, she must assist them and not allow the church to be burdened, so that it can help the widows who are truly in need. [emphasis mine].
I am constantly frustrated with the Visible Church. We do not know our own Bible, and thus Evangelicals are not prepared to adequately and persuasively give an answer for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15). God does not lay upon Evangelicals the obligation to willy-nilly raise other people’s children, especially when that child comes from wanton and wayward living. You can readily see from the 1 Timothy verses that God has spoken concerning widows’ care. Their care is directed towards their children and grandchildren. There used to be a time when a teenager became pregnant; she went down south to live with family members.
Maybe this is some of what momma meant when she would tell my brothers and me charity starts at home and then spreads abroad; how knows?
Evangelicals, please, please, pretty please! Quit ceding the high ground. We have the Word of God, and it speaks with authority and divine power. Yes, we must forever stand ready to stand in the gap for the widow and the orphan, but we do so with a full-orbed understanding of who qualifies for assistance.
I am not responsible for the life someone else brings into this world, especially those who do so with sinful, rebellious actions. The same Bible that admonishes the larger society to care for the widow and the orphans admonishes one they will reap what they sow.
Abortion is not the proper response to an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. The appropriate response is repentance, and an ask for forgiveness and God’s readily available mercy. God has instituted the family as the means for human flourishing concerning matters like child rearing, not the larger society, especially as the default answer.
I say repeatedly there is no logical reason a believer should ever come to expect an unbeliever to live according to biblical principles, so that is not my intent here. This blog post intends to prod my fellow Evangelicals to ponder the matter through biblical eyes. We must not allow the Pro-Death camp to control the narrative.
Evangelicals can and should advocate abortion being vanquished from the land and still not feel that subsequent children become our primary responsibility. As the 70’s cop series Baretta coined in their theme music, if you can’t do the time, then don’t do the crime.
I am most confident I do not possess the best nor the definitive word on this topic. I would be keenly interested in the thoughts of other Evangelicals committed to bringing every thought captive to the Word of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). If you come down on the other side of the question of how Evangelicals should respond to the cries that Evangelicals are only concerned about the life of the child during the pregnancy and should be willing to do more please make your case to persuade me my perspective misses the mark.
As always, let me know what you think. Until then, keep your hands to the plow and seek to serve for an Audience of One.
With fear & trembling,
Ricky Kyles DEd.Min