Some days I forget that we’re in a spiritual battle. It’s so easy to get caught up in politics and propaganda, but when it comes right down to it, the battle against abortion is spiritual. Period. It comes disguised in shrouds of Democrat and Republican (and Tea Party). It comes adorned with dollar signs and debates. But where it matters most, the heart of the Father, abortion is a spiritual battle. And that makes the stakes much higher.
Perhaps the great victory of the evil forces that run abortion headquarters from the pit of darkness is the ability to fog our eyes up with these earthly battles. We see political debates and make heroes of men and women who speak with great conviction echoes of our beliefs. But how often do we take the battle to the level from whence it came?
Numerous scriptures exist on the shedding of innocent blood and God’s hatred of it. That alone is telling. What the author of love hates, it must be pure evil. God doesn’t hate what can be redeemed. People can be redeemed; even the most vile and calloused one has hope in Jesus, but bloodshed cannot be re-obtained. Numbers 35:33 reminds us, “So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.” God hates the very act of abortion—and how could he not hate what emanates from hell?
Psalm 106 is one of the most striking accounts of this. As the psalm details the mercy of God as sin continues, despite what the Lord does, it launches into one of the most tragic sections of scripture:
They even sacrificed their sons
And their daughters to demons,
And shed innocent blood,
The blood of their sons and daughters,
Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
And the land was polluted with blood. (Psalm 106:37-38)
We tend to glaze over such “antiquated” scriptures with a blank stare. Of course abortion is bad, but do we really think that the woman having an abortion is saying, “Hmmm, I think I’ll sacrifice Junior to a demon now as my ritual.” Of course not! While a woman is surely responsible for her choices, this industry of death has made such a killing by deception. They call it “reproductive freedom” and pass it off as every woman’s right to control her body (as if she made it herself anyway). A lot of doctors play right into this deception, as well. If we tell ourselves lies long enough, we believe them. If we’re given bunches of money to abort babies, we can say we’re helping uphold the rights of women—never mind that Hippocratic Oath about upholding lives. If we realize we might be inconvenienced or have to go through an unwanted pregnancy, we might convince ourselves that “it’s just a fetus.” There’s no shortage of people out there to help us buy into deeper deception. But deception by any other name is still deception
It’s a spiritual battle, and we can’t win a spiritual war with earthly weapons. While there is, likewise, no excuse for not standing in natural ways, such as voting for pro-life candidates and speaking out for truth, the real battle isn’t the five minutes every year we spend in a voting booth. What’s really important is the time spent waging the weapons of our warfare. You know the passage:
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:11-12)
We can’t isolate that part of the passage without including the response, beyond the posters in children’s church of the guy with the helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit, and belt of truth, lies what Paul lays out very plainly:
“[P]raying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (v. 18).
We wage battles on Facebook by lambasting politicians and having drawn out status update chats about controversial issues. While social networking has become a nice outlet for truth-speaking, it’s never any substitute for truth-praying. God moves through prayer. Period. It’s chosen method, and He isn’t going to change it because our culture is too busy to pray when we can post it on Facebook or Twitter. The Bible makes it clear that this battle is spiritual and can only be fought with spiritual weapons.
We really are sacrificing our children to demons, shedding the blood of the innocent. It’s no different than Psalm 106.
Really. It’s no different.
Jesus points out in Luke, “that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation,… Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.”(Luke 11:5-51).
His next comment is telling, “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.” (v. 52)
Woe to those who use intelligence as a tool to twist and change things for others who didn’t know so much, as the abortion industry has labored for years in its mission of deceit, calling it freedom and rights; in fact, it’s even as some Christians have done in the name of grace and love. But encouraging a literal doctrine of demons (I Timothy 4:1) is never an exercise of grace and love.
Instead, we have one option, one command, and that is to stand—on the wall like Ezekiel, crying out for a nation, prophesying against the darkness (Ezekiel 4), and in devoted prayer for the will of the Father on earth to save a nation (Ezekiel 22). No matter how we dress it, abortion is a spiritual battle, which is why man-made arguments never prevail. We certainly must stand vocally for truth, but above all we must stand with Jesus and pray. That’s what will turn a nation.