Not long ago, Al Sharpton said regarding abortion:
Going even further to sugarcoat the issue, Sharpton — a Baptist minister — claimed the religious position and the Bible support “choice” on the matter. “The Bible — if you’re using this as a religious argument — the Bible is about choice,” he asserted. “You can go to heaven or hell; there’s nowhere in the Bible that says you have to go to heaven,” he added. “So where do we get this theology of forcing something when the reality is that you can’t even biblically base that?”
Calling the issue of abortion “a question of choice,” Sharpton claimed there was no justification in outlawing feticide. “If you are a minister as I am, you can preach to people to convert them,” he said. “You do not make laws to compel them.”
Al Sharpton is a religious charlatan. Would he say the same thing about adultery, the killing of those who have already been born? I am beginning to think he might. He is not a credit to those of the Baptist faith. This is his effort to minimize the stinging message of abortion as murder and make it more palatable to people to vote in a certain direction (his denials of this notwithstanding!). His effort at substance is like the Titanic.
Is the teaching of the Bible about choice? It is. The choice is between life and death. The Lord said to the Israelites (through Moses), See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil (Deut. 30:15, ASV). In this exhortation, it’s about choice, but if one wants to be pleasing to the Lord, then the choice is obvious. Is that a compelling matter? It is not a compelling matter. Yet, at a certain level of application, it would be if a person of Israel wanted to please the Lord. The Lord sets forth the principle of Deuteronomy 30 in a New Testament context also. It was Paul, in Acts 26, who said the Rome’s local governmental authority, Wherefore, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision (26:19).
So, yes, it can be framed the way Sharpton said, but the repercussions of the choice Sharpton said nothing about. Are laws of the land compelling? Each of us has a choice to obey or disobey. If we choose one, the consequences are such and such; if we choose the opposite, then the same. Thus, we have a choice. Yet the consequences of the choices made have a compelling quality to them. If a person takes an innocent life, is that murder? To ask is to answer! Is there freedom of choice in this? There is.
In the context of baptism and salvation, the Lord’s apostle said,
Know ye not, that to whom ye present yourselves as servants unto obedience, his servants ye are whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But thanks be to God, that, whereas ye were servants of sin, ye became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching whereunto ye were delivered; and being made free from sin, ye became servants of righteousness (Rom. 6:16-18).
So, it does come down to a choice that each of us make. Some make laws to benefit to community, making it a civilized community of right and wrong. Outlawing the killing of the innocent (including abortion) is one such law. People, such as Sharpton, would take some of those laws and make that which is evil and turn it to a good (cf. Isa 5:20).
When the Lord is removed from the community, there is no chance people can know what is right and what is wrong; all they can do is make an educated guess and hope the majority agree with them. Yet, just a Scripture declares, In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes (17:6). George Soros, the AOC types and people of similar thinking would love to turn civilization upside down and begin a new world order that seeks to elevate self and help people not prepare for eternity. Paul, in writing about Satan said, that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices (2 Cor. 2:11).
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, and this is exactly what Sharpton is soon to do. Is Sharpton right? Yes, the Bible is a matter of choice, but to frame the killing of the innocent as a matter of choice makes Sharpton a charlatan.