What’s happening at the Texas State Capitol is historic. A fight for life is underway. I’ve tried very hard, and at times been more and less successful, to engage in this debate in a way that honors Christ and shows my trust in the power of the gospel to win in the end. I’ve tried to be respectful and gentle and patient and honest, and I will continue those efforts.
(If you’re interested in hearing my sermon on why Christians should respond like this to a culture that is increasingly hostile to our faith, you can click here.)
I understand that some may believe I’m crossing that line of respect with this post, but I don’t think I am. I want to share what I believe to be the truth: Abortion is a demonic practice. In the last few days, the veil between the physical and spiritual world became so thin that we caught a glimpse of the powers behind the pro-choice lobby.
When pro-life advocates were singing “Amazing Grace” in the Capitol’s rotunda, some pro-abortion advocates attempted to silence them with chants of “Hail, Satan!” The Washington Times has the story here. Or you can actually watch a video of the demonic veneration here.
While I strongly suspect that these women who were “hailing Satan” did not understand the fullness of their actions, that makes it no less significant. Satan is so pleased at the thought of seeing more babies painfully ripped limb by limb from their own mothers’ wombs.
I’m not saying that having an abortion is an unforgivable sin; Jesus’ blood is able to cleanse to the utmost. I’m not saying that every woman who has an abortion or every abortionist is possessed by Satan. I am not denying the horrible emotional pain of women who have undergone abortions. Just hear me out on what I am saying: Abortion is a demonic practice.
I believe in the presence of personal evil spiritual forces, fallen angels who are led by Satan. The Bible makes it clear they are real, and they seek to “steal, kill, and destroy.” (John 10:10a) Satan hates life. He has always tried to kill babies. Remember the Hebrew children in Egypt? (Exodus 1:15-16) Remember the death of all the babies in Israel at the time of Jesus’ birth? (Matthew 2:16) In Revelation, Satan is depicted as a great red dragon standing at the feet of a woman in labor, waiting to devour the newborn as soon as he is born. (Revelation 12:4)
In Austin, the veil became thin, and we caught a glimpse of reality. God offers amazing grace for all who come to him: the abortionist; the poor, struggling mom; the fearful father; and the child. Satan, filled with hate, does all he can to cut mankind off from the grace that is beyond his reach.
It’s our job as Christians to fight for life. In this fight, however, we must remember what we see so clearly in the video link above: “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12) And what are we then commanded to do? “Therefore take up the whole armor of God…” (6:13) This, we go on to read, means that we stand firm in our faith, taking the gospel of peace with us, and wielding the Word of truth in prayer.
Truly, Jesus is no Republican. Nor is he a Democrat. But I know with total confidence that Jesus will always stand on the side of life. “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10b)