Abortion is a grave sin Christians often want to criminalize in a secular society of many religious beliefs. Is this possible? There are many who think those who have or perform abortions deserve to be jailed. Others believe they need to be punished monetarily. Most want to say its wrong but no penalty. There are many opinions as to when life begins. American Jews believe abortion should be legal in 93% of all cases. Many Catholics and protestants believe it begins a conception and no exception to the life of the mother or the health of the pre-born. Others think life begins once the fetus can survive outside of the womb. Is it fair to force one religious belief or dogma over another? Seriously, even if most were against abortion, how could any abortion law be carried out when there are things like an abortion pill sold over the internet that can be taken at home? There are nurses, midwives, and some doctors who would perform abortion even if there was a law against it. We know this because prior to Roe vs Wade, a 1969 abortion ruling of the supreme court, abortions were common place and readily available for the asking.
Homosexuality is also an abomination to the God (Rom 1:26-32). The very fact that people who practice this sexual preference also invade Christian marital laws is enough to incite many Christians. Some want gays and lesbians to go back into the closets. Others want them jailed. A few even want them killed. However, how would a secular society ever stop people from doing that which God said was worthy of death? Is it possible for government to get into your bedroom and make sure you are not violating a sexual immorality? After all, you can’t tell a person is gay just by looking at them.
Adultery is a sin that will take more people to hell than any sin known to man. There was a time when California tried to make it illegal to commit adultery. People started killing their spouse to have the right to remarry and the law was removed. The trouble with adultery is the very definition of adultery. Even members of the Lord’s church have a variety of opinions as to what constitutes adultery. If every man and woman who had committed adultery were killed for their sin, America would have more than half of its population eliminated.
Now, let me make this perfectly clear, I believe abortion, homosexuality, and adultery are three great sins in our society today. According to the scripture, life begins at conception and homosexuality and adultery are an abomination (as with all works of the flesh -1 Cor 6:9,10 f; Gal 5:19-21). However, God didn’t place Christians in a theocracy. We live in a democracy where everyone gets to select what kind of government they desire. In a democracy, even if these sins were made illegal by punishment of the courts, the very next election could bring them all back again. Christians are not citizens of this world, but the world to come (Philip 3:20). “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier” (“2 Tim 2:3,4).
If Christians want sin to be eradicated from any society, they have a sword by which to fight. It is called the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Eph 6:17). Teach your family, teach your friends, teach your foes, teach all who will give ear to the Word of God. God never told you to go into all the world and force them to obey the gospel and doctrine of Christ. No! He commanded man to preach the Word of God in and out of season (2 Tim 4:2-5). He commanded man to preach the gospel to every person (Matt 28:19,20 f; Mk 2:15,16). This is not the job of congressmen, senators, governors, the judicial system, or the executive branch. No! It is the job of faithful Christian men to preach and teach God’s Word. Stop forcing your religious beliefs on others and start persuading the word of God to all who will give heed. This is the duty of God’s chosen vessels.