Have you ever gotten lost when hiking in the wilderness? When surrounded by trees, in unfamiliar terrain, it is very easy to get turned around and confused. It doesn’t help if the people beside you are all shouting, “This is the right direction!” “No, this is the right direction!” You need a compass to help you find your bearings.
As we navigate our way through the controversies and moral questions of our day, we need a compass to help us find our bearings. There are so many voices shouting “This is the right direction!” “No, this is the right direction!” It would be easy to get confused. Thankfully, we have the Word of God as our compass that guides our thoughts and actions.
This past Sunday we looked at Psalm 139:13-16 to help us find our bearing on the abortion debate. Here is a link to full message. I also promised to post links to additional resources for further study. I encourage you to spend time looking into these books, articles, and videos. There are many other resources and I will try to add to this list in the future. As with every issue, it is important to understand what we believe and why we believe it. If we don’t have solid convictions, based on Scripture and godly reason, we will find ourselves swayed by the voices of this world growing louder and more aggressive by the day. In the end, the only voice that really matters is the voice of the Lord.
Scott Klusendorf is an excellent pro-life apologist who lays out the case for life clearly and convincingly. I recently purchased his book, “The Case for Life, Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture.” It is well written, and thoroughly researched. While he offers a lot of information, his style is engaging and his arguments easy to follow. He has also been a featured guest of Focus on the Family. I highly recommend watching his message, “Stepping Up to Defend Life.” He was also part of a three hour online webinar in recent weeks “If Roe Goes” along with other speakers. This free training produced by Summit Ministries is currently still available and well worth your time.
Norman Geisler and Frank Turek have both written numerous books defending the Christian faith and exploring evidence for the existence of God. In “Legislating Morality” they collaborate to to address the myth that morality can’t be legislated. Every law, the authors point out, legislates morality. The question is what kind of morality will govern our society. They describe the concept of “moral law,” or “natural law” which guided the founding fathers as they set up our system of government. This “moral law” is written on our human conscience by our Creator, a sort of moral common sense. We may not always listen or treat others according to this standard, but it is how we expect others to treat us. People may not think about this moral law until they have been wronged. It is then we instinctively recognize ideas of justice and fairness. The early chapters deal with the concept of morality and the history of how morality has been legislated in our country. Later chapters are devoted to specific moral issues of our day, and chapter 10 is devoted exclusively to the issue of abortion. The authors not only make a case for the pro-life position, but address many common arguments raised by abortion advocates. The book is more than 20 years old, but still every bit as relevant today. I recommend the entire book, especially this chapter on abortion.
If you like podcasts, I have enjoyed listening to “The Table” podcast featuring Darrell Bock from Dallas Theological Seminary. He deals with issues relating to God and Culture, and interviews a variety of guests. There are several episodes relating to abortion, and one focuses on Ministering to People Considering Abortion, with guest Ronald Warren of Care Net.
In addition to these resources I have found World Magazine to be insightful when it comes to the latest news, not only in politics and government, but other stories that impact us today. There have been many recent articles on the response to the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe vs. Wade. Even if you do not subscribe, you can read many articles for free online.
I hope you will find these resources helpful in your studies. Again, I am thankful that we do not have to wander in circles, lost and confused on these moral issues. We have a compass, the Word of God, to direct our path.