People are more confused than ever about what it means to be pro-life. We have people who think that abortions can be performed because of rape and incest and yet are viewed as pro-life. They are not. Richard Mourdock is running as an Indiana Republican Senate candidate. Recently he answered, in a debate, what he believes about life and when it begins.
In the short video, which is provided by Breitbart.com, in which they call it a “shock,” Mourdock gives a very pro-life and biblical response to a child conceived in rape.
“This is an issue that every candidate for either federal or state office faces and I too certainly stand for life. I know there are some who disagree and I respect their point of view, but I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have to have an abortion is the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is a gift from God and I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Now this is nothing new to Bible believing Christians. Casting aside the emotions of the arguments placed here, which are definitely behind the title that includes the word “shock,” one could both biblically and logically argue that Mourdock is absolutely right.
This in no way justifies rape, nor does it endorse it. Genesis 30 gives a basis for understanding who is ultimately behind life.
Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!” And Jacob’s anger was aroused against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”
Rape does not stop conception. There are cases in which the woman’s body, due to trauma prevents it, but the reality is that if there is life, then it is a gift of God.
I personally know a young lady who truly believes this. She was raped last year and became pregnant. Just a couple of months ago she gave birth to a healthy baby. She chose to see her circumstances in light of God’s decrees, which the Church has always held to. She sees that God has, in the midst of a terrible circumstance, given here a precious gift of life to hold and care for and raise for His glory. She does not feel burdened by the child at all. This does not justify the man who raped her. It merely sees that God is working even when bad things happen.
This is what is meant by “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Children are a gift from God (Psalm 127, 128). Our society has failed to be just in dealing with those who commit such crimes as rape and give them a just punishment. Society also tends to stigmatize rape victims rather than love them and encourage them, should they become pregnant, to view the child as a gift from God, rather than add another sin of murder to the sin committed against them.
Sadly, presidential candidate Mitt Romney demonstrated that he is not pro-life when he distanced himself from Mourdock. This is not surprising given Romney’s record on abortion. The Christian Science Monitor reports,
Romney, who on Monday launched statewide ads endorsing Mourdock, distanced himself on Tuesday from the remark by his fellow Republican. “Governor Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views,” said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul.
Mourdock’s Democrat opponent Joe Donnelly said that rape “is a heinous and violent crime in every instance.”
“The God I believe in and the God I know most Hoosiers believe in, does not intend for rape to happen – ever,” Donnelly said in a statement after the debate, using the nickname for Indiana residents. “What Mr. Mourdock said is shocking, and it is stunning that he would be so disrespectful to survivors of rape.”
Mourdock issued a statement following the debate that said:
“God creates life, and that was my point. God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that He does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick.”
Nothing in Mourdock’s statement is shocking to those of us who believe what the Bible teaches. That does not diminish the emotional aspect of rape, but quite often we find out that we make the wrong decisions when they are based on emotion and as a result people lose liberty or they lose life.
I’ll leave you with a parting thought. When the Old Testament story of Job is told, it indicates that Job lost everything except his nagging wife and friends that really weren’t good friends. He inherited sores, sat in sackcloth and ashes, had lost his possessions and children. Yet notice his response to his wife when she told him to curse God and die.
“You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
People that claim to be pro-life but then would allow the execution of a child simply because the father forced himself on the mother or even was a member of the immediate family are not pro-life. Mourdock is not one of these people. He is clearly pro-life, just as Todd Akin is. May God grant us more men who will stand upon their principles rather than waffle on the issue of life.