Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
In light of the horrifying testimony coming out of Gosnell trial, I’ve been thinking about this topic. Here are some of my thoughts.
God loves babies. The Bible tells me so. Here are some of the reasons I know that God loves babies:
God knits together in the mother’s womb each and every infant so that they are fearfully and wonderfully made.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. (Psalms 139:13–16)
God points to the simple trust of a child as the shining example of saving faith.
Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Luke 18:15–17)
God desired and chose to be praised by babies.
When the chief priests and the scribes saw… the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?” (Matthew 21:15–16)
God spares from judgment children who do not know right from wrong.
And as for your little ones, who you said would become a prey, and your children, who today have no knowledge of good or evil, they shall go in there. And to them I will give it, and they shall possess it. (Deuteronomy 1:39)
God reveals himself as the God of orphaned babies, the Defender of the defenseless.
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. (Psalms 68:5)
Satan hates babies and wants to kill them, and Satan hates what God loves.
Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” (Exodus 1:15–16)
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. (Matthew 2:16)
And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. (Revelation 12:4)
God himself became a baby when he entered the world as our Savior.
“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” (Luke 1:31)
Since God loves babies, so should we. Here are a few reasons why:
Babies bear the image of God.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
Babies are joyful reminders of the hope that God gives newness of life.
“When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.” (John 16:21)
Ministry to those who cannot help themselves, like babies, pleases God because it is a reflection of his character in us.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27)
Babies are a reminder of our dependence on God.
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2:2–3)
My prayer is that on this staggeringly important moral issue, Christians will remember James’ warning: “Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (4:17). Let’s love babies, be the hands of Christ as we pick them up, the feet of Christ as we carry them safely into our homes, and speak up for them so that one day they can speak up for themselves.