Not My Body, Not My Choice
Abortion came up in Sunday School. We were talking about people being made in God’s image, parents, children, etc. Someone mentioned the “my body, my choice” argument – a common pro-choice, pro-abortion argument.
I pointed out that the baby has his or her own DNA. Therefore, the unborn baby is not part of the mother’s body. Aborting a baby is a violation of the sixth commandment (Ex. 20:13, Matt. 5:21-22). “But the unborn baby can’t live without the mother.” Sure, but neither can a newborn baby live without the mother (or someone to administer care).
Then it hit me.
I shared with the class: For Christians, the my body, my choice argument becomes – not my body, not my choice. I explained from two perspectives: God and my wife.
First, as a Christian, my body does not belong to me but to Jesus (1 Cor. 6:15-20). I am his servant, his slave (Rom. 6:22). I don’t get to do things with my body that God’s word does not allow. I am not to contemplate sin nor to carry it out in my body. Whether I am tempted by lust, greed, anger – not my body, not my choice.
Second, as a Christian, my body also belongs to my wife (1 Cor. 7:4). We are one (Gen. 2:24). When lustful thoughts tempt me, I do not get to act them out, those desires are for her. If another woman hits on me, I do not get to take her up on the offer. In whatever love or desire I am tempted to giveaway that belongs to my wife – not my body, not my choice.
God’s body, God’s choice.
About Mark Lamprecht
Mark is a Jesus follower and a Southern Baptist minister writing, preaching, and teaching to encourage believers. He lives in Metro-Atlanta with his wife, a daughter close-by in college, and a house full of dogs. He is available for pulpit supply and is seeking a full-time ministry position. He also founded Pulpit Supply Preachers ministry. Read more...