Christians, Healthcare, and Abortion

on 1/19/2010

I know that calling the current political climate "charged" would be a major understatement.  I won't begin to discuss the countless issues and viewpoints that find homes in our homes via the news each night.  But certain political matters do interest me, particularly when they concern religion.  Now we all know that well-meaning Christians have every possible viewpoint on every possible issue, so in most cases we want to respect the opinions of Christians whose opinions may differ from ours.  Yet I saw something so powerful, so relevant, so awesome, in God's Word that I have to mention it here.

If any of you have watched the news over the past week, you may have seen that an issue arose in the Massachusetts Senate election where one of the candidates discussed religious freedom and abortion.  The candidate basically suggested that doctors should check their religious opinions at the door when they get to work, and administer the "morning after abortion pill" when appropriate, regardless of their beliefs.  Well, to those Christians in the healthcare industry who may face such a dilemma, the Bible gives at least one story as encouragement.  Let's look at what some of God's people who worked in the healthcare industry did when they were commanded to kill babies:

"And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives . . . And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.  But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.  And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?  And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.  Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.  And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses."
Exodus 1:15-21

How awesome is that.  The Hebrew midwives feared God and refused to kill the Hebrew babies.  God even gave them words to tell the king so they wouldn't get in trouble.  (Don't get all hung up on the fact that they probably lied to him, you can see God was fine with it because He blessed them.)  These women refused to kill.  They feared God, and they refused to do what they knew was wrong in God's eyes.  So God protected them in their work.  Moreover, look at how God blessed them.  Because they protected the families of others, God gave them families of their own.  What an awesome God we serve!
 
I used to think that the only laws God would let us disobey are ones forbidding worship of Him or requiring worship of another.  Well now we have another example of God blessing disobedience to a terrible law, for the commandment of the king was law.  I would never advocate random disobedience, but I know that when a law of man contravenes a law of God, then the law of God controls. 
 
If this situation ever applies to you, and I pray that it doesn't, then remember the Hebrew midwives.  Fear and trust God.  Don't do anything you know God believes to be wrong.  Do what you know is right.  God will protect you and God will bless you.  In our lives, God is on the highest throne, no one else.

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