Mass murderer Willie Parker has been performing abortions for decades. He has filled hundreds of hazardous waste dumpsters with the dismembered bodies of unborn human beings, and made enormous profits doing so. Yet, in spite of the gallons of blood he has spilled and the thousands of women he has exploited, he still claims to be a "Christian." I should say, because of the death and the blood and the exploitation, Willie Parker calls himself a "Christian." He contends not only that his faith permits the summary execution of babies, but that it actually calls him to it. As Time Magazine gushed, he is a man of "deep Christian faith," and he expresses that faith by destroying human life for 500 bucks a pop.
Parker has now written a book outlining the "moral" and "Christian" case for killing innocent people, and the media has been happy to traipse him around as an example of one of the "good ones." One of the normal and permissive Christians who testifies to a more rational faith -- and by "rational" they mean a faith that happens to approve of everything they already think and do. "I've never read the Bible but I'm sure this interpretation is correct because it validates my lifestyle," they say.
The "Christian" case for abortion that Parker has made in his book and in countless interviews with fawning media outlets is about as psychotic as you'd expect. He says that the Bible has nothing in it that could possibly be construed as condemning abortion. He says God clearly approves of abortion because He gave us free will, thus any choice we make is obviously good (except for the choice to oppose abortion, of course). Parker contends that abortion is "sacred," just as sacred as, if not even more sacred than, the birth of a child. He claims that he is the "pro-life" one because he respects the life of the mother, unlike those crazy anti-abortion fruitcakes who oppress women by suggesting that they shouldn't kill their kids.
I feel somewhat ridiculous even responding to this madness. Must a reasonable person lower himself to addressing the question of whether or not the murder of children is "sacred" and ordained by God? Well, yes, it appears he must. In this culture, the reasonable are forced to engage with increasingly unreasonable points of view. It's a pain, but the only other option is to keep our mouths shut and let this blasphemous reprobate run around proclaiming his divine authority to crush baby skulls.
Just a cursory glance at Scripture reveals that Parker's claim of being a "Christian" is even more ludicrous than his claim of being a "doctor." He is neither. Rather than a doctor, he is a paid assassin. Rather than a Christian, he is a henchman of Satan. I pray for his everlasting soul, which is in great peril of spending an eternity roasting in the fires of Hell, and I hope against all hope that he and his compatriots in the abortion industry see the light before they are condemned forever to the darkness. But my desperate hope for their salvation will not stop me from calling them exactly what they are, and calling what they do exactly what it is. Indeed, it is because I have this hope, as futile as it may be, that I feel called to informed Willie Parker that he is a murderous apostate in league with the devil. And I come to that conclusion because the Bible can lead me to no other.
Let's begin where Scripture begins: in the Garden of Eden, after God has "made man in His image," thus forever endowing it with an inalienable dignity and sacredness. Parker believes that something made in the image of God can be, within the bounds of Christian morality, stabbed in the heart with a poison needle and ripped apart limb from limb. One wonders how Parker treats things not made in God's image if this is what he considers proper handling of a creature modeled after God Himself.
But the destruction of Our Lord's divine handiwork is permissible, Parker argues, because it is a choice. All choices are good (well, at least the choices that put cash in Parker's pocket) because God has given us the ability to make them. Well, that's a curious interpretation of events, considering Adam and Eve used their free will to defy God, and, as we recall, God was not too happy with the path they chose. He didn't shrug at their sin and say, "Well, all choices are valid." No, he cast them out into the wilderness and, many centuries later, sent His Son to Earth as atonement for the rebellion of mankind. God is not "pro-choice," apparently. God gave us a choice, but He very clearly prefers one choice to the other. And killing kids would most certainly fall into the "other" folder.
We know this because the conscience of any decent, lucid human being cries out against the murder of the innocent. We also know it because the Bible consistently condemns the taking of innocent life. Exodus ("thou shalt not kill" is a pretty famous one), Revelation ("But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers... their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death"), Matthew (“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment’), John ("We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother") — all of these books prohibit abortion in the strongest way possible. Psalms even offers a pretty apt description of abortion: “They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons, and they shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters… desecrating the land with bloodshed.”
So, is abortion the taking of a life? Yes. Is that life innocent? Yes. Does God consider the life in the womb equal to life outside of it? Yes:
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” — Jeremiah 1:5
"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." — Psalm 139
"He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb." — Luke 1:15
"When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit." — Luke 41
I see no room for confusion here. The Bible says it's wrong to kill innocent people, and it tells us that babies are innocent people. Case closed.
Now, are these teachings all somehow overridden by the "autonomy" of the woman? Did God mean to attach a disclaimer? Did He mean to say, "Thou shalt not kill -- unless the victim is your child"? That seems a rather significant (and confusing) caveat to leave out. Fortunately, He knew that wolves like Willie Parker would come in sheep's clothing to invent such escape clauses, and in preemptive repudiation of these heretics He inspired St. Paul to write: "You are not your own, for you were bought with a price." There goes the "autonomy" idea. We are not autonomous. We belong to God, as do our children.
But the most profound Biblical condemnation of abortion cannot be boiled down to this verse or that. Abortion is revealed as a disgusting and murderous sacrilege by the very fact that Jesus entered the world through the womb. He spent his first nine months on Earth as a “fetus.” If abortion wasn’t a grave sin up until that point (it was), it would have become the gravest of sins afterwards. Our Lord elevated all of mankind when He became one of us. And He became one of us through every stage, thus every stage was sanctified.
Would Willie Parker have aborted Christ if given the chance? Well, we know the answer: yes. Willie Parker is given the chance to abort Christ every time another confused and scared young woman comes into his office. Every time he decapitates a "fetus," he decapitates Christ. "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." If you clothe the naked or feed the hungry, you have clothed and fed Christ. If you suck a baby out of the womb with a vacuum and sell her organs to a research lab, you have sucked Christ out of the womb with a vacuum and sold His organs to a research lab.
But I say Parker is an ally of Satan not simply because he is a killer -- not all killers are necessarily Satanists, although they are all grave sinners -- but because he entices others to join him in his wickedness. He has taken on the role of the snake in the Garden, whispering with forked tongue to these women, promising that God wants them to destroy their children. "It is not a sin," He hisses, echoing the words uttered by the Prince of Lies millennia ago. "For God has given you this power, and you will be like God." It is especially striking that, just as the serpent, Parker and his fellow abortionists prey first upon the woman. Like Lucifer, they wish to drag all of humanity into Hell with our wives and mothers at the front of the procession.
And not satisfied with this, Parker then goes out into the world and preaches the Gospel of Death from the mountaintops. He wants everyone to adopt a Christianity where Man is God, murder is sacred, and Hell is Heaven. It is for this, the pulling of others into sin, that Christ reserves his harshest words of all: "Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble."
According to Christ, it would be preferable for Willie Parker to drown in the depths of the sea than to continue on his current path. He is better off dead than prowling the Earth as a servant of Satan. This is what Christ says, not what I say. But I imagine that Parker has fallen so strongly into the clutches of the Evil One that even these terrifying words do not penetrate into his heart. Here's hoping one day they do. And if that day ever arrives, if ever Willie Parker catches an honest glimpse in the mirror and sees himself in his hideousness, I do not envy the crushing, unfathomable pain and anguish that will fill his soul then. But it still will be nothing compared to the pain he has spent his life inflicting on others.
All true Christians should pray fervently for children in the womb, and for the disfigured souls of those who prey upon them.