A Passage To Ponder: Isaiah 5:20-21

“Abortion is sacred. And the Supreme Court can’t take that away from us, screamed a headline in an article by Rae Guerra-Lorenzo defending the constitutional and personal right of a woman to abort her baby.

Rabbi Mara Nathan, the senior Rabbi at Temple Beth-El in San Antonio, addressed the issue in a sermon entitled “The Right to Choose is a Jewish Value.” She asserted that “Judaism has always been pro-choice” regarding the issue of abortion.

“Let’s be clear: The right to an abortion is sacred.” Tweeted John Fetterman, the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and a 2022 candidate for the United States Senate.

These and many other commentators, protestors, and political pundits responded to the recent leak from the Supreme Court regarding a potential reversal of Roe v Wade with a rabid religious fever.

In fact, in a recent article on this issue, a writer for the Washington Post observed, “Among the pro-abortion crowd, abortion is increasingly no longer described as a necessary evil, but holy.”

The Post article describes several religious leaders speaking of abortion in sacred terms. Presbyterian minister Rebecca Todd Peters in an October USA Today op-ed wrote: “I did not make my abortion decisions despite my Christian identity and faith, but rather because of it.” Peters claimed her abortion was a “blessing” and a “sacred choice.”

Multiple news sources report that several major denominations and religious groups support abortion rights. Among them are the United Church of Christ, the Unitarian Universalist Association, and the two largest American Jewish movements–Reform and Conservative Judaism.

In addition, the nation’s largest mainline Protestant denominations – including the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the Methodists also support abortion rights. Some of these groups temper their support with some limits regarding when a woman can terminate her pregnancy.

Unfortunately conservative columnist Cal Thomas was right when he wrote, “One can always count on some ‘religious leaders’ to embrace the world’s view.”

All of this reverence spoken at the altar and idol of aborted babies reminds me of the prophet Isaiah’s indictment of the culture in his day.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight! (Isa. 5:20-21)

ThePreachersWord has written extensively in the past 10 years about the evils of abortion and the sin committed by those who practice it. Today, we merely shake our heads, almost in disbelief, at the religious fervor and fanaticism of those who defend and promote its sanctity.

As one writer observed, defending abortion in sacred terms is a curious, yet sadly rhetorically “clever, reversal, on the oft-quoted pro-life lines that ‘every child is a blessing,’ and that ‘every human life is sacred.’” It’s calling evil, good. And doing it with a straight face and a serious, sober tone.

Yet, this is the age in which we live. Much like the one described in the Old Testament book of Judges where “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Jud. 21;25).

However, Homer Hailey’s observation is correct that when a person “confuses the principles of good and evil, he becomes dependent upon his own fallible wisdom, which since it is apart from God, is fatal in its consequences.”

The Bible admonition “Be not deceived” is an appropriate warning in view of the twisted, perverted logic espoused by today’s humanists. Furthermore, as we encounter those calling evil, good, let us hear and heed these Bible warnings.

Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it” (Ps.34:14).

“Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed…” (Rom. 12:1-2).

“Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Eph. 5:11).

“Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good” (3 Jn. 11).

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12;21).

Finally, in our righteous opposition to the evil of abortion, let us not resort to hateful rhetoric, or ungodly actions, but rather may we always “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:16).

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


Filed under Abortion, Passage To Ponder

7 responses to “A Passage To Ponder: Isaiah 5:20-21

  1. Peggy T Hobbs

    AMEN! Great blog concerning abortion.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. rangger

    Preacher man,

    Rabbi Mara Nathan, the senior Rabbi at Temple Beth-El in San Antonio, addressed the issue in a sermon entitled “The Right to Choose is a Jewish Value.” She asserted

    Well “Rabbi and she” says it all

    Liked by 1 person

    • LD

      Did you really write “rabbi and she” says it all? Can we say misogynist? Yes, we can.

      And here’s a clue: no one can take your blood from you even if you need their specific blood type to survive. No one can take a kidney from you even if there are people dying on the transplant list for lack of one. And if your body can’t be taken by medical science and used by it UNLESS you’ve signed off on this, ostensibly when you’re cogent.

      So to deny women the right to an abortion is to give them less autonomy than a corpse.


  3. Choice is sacred. Sometimes people are faced with the decision to end someone’s life to preserve their own life and or the life or lives of their beloved. Abortion should not be an easy out because birth control failed or no birth control was available. Yet Abortion should be a choice because a greater sin aka a greater evil would be to bring a child into this world unwanted by its mother and father!


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  5. Grammatteus

    Putting darkness for light is certainly the work of the Accuser.

    The Religious Right adopted abortion as their banner only as an afterthought once they recognised that their initial stance against racial segregation was very unpopular (yet they’re still rabidly racist!).

    Your most recent additions to SCOTUS would appear to have lied to hearings about what their beliefs and intentions were.

    So this recent decision is just the latest stage in a movement of deception and manipulation. NOT the work of Jesus!


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