Abortion is often compared to the practice of child sacrifice practiced by many ancient cultures, including those in OT times. It is not a 1:1 comparison, of course. Those who get abortions are not doing so for religious reasons, and the age of the children are different. However, in both cases, human beings are choosing to kill their own children. God hates murder, whatever the reason or the age of the victim.

I find it interesting, then, that God not only condemned those who committed child sacrifice, but also those who stood by silently and did nothing to those who sacrificed their children. Consider Leviticus 20:1-5. God begins with a condemnation of those who commit child sacrifice:

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. 3 I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name. (Lev 20:1-3)

He goes on, however, to condemn those who sit idly by and do nothing:

And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, 5 then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech.

If the people of Israel closed their eyes to what was going on, God held them responsible as being complicit in the crime. While I recognize that the penalty of death was unique to the Mosaic Covenant and does not apply today, the principle remains. If we sit idly by and stay silent regarding the issue of abortion, God may hold us accountable. We are not just commanded to good rather than evil, but commanded to do something about evil.

It’s time for pro-life Christians to stand up in the public square and make their case against abortion. When we know someone is contemplating abortion, we should counsel them against it and do what we can to help them care for the child. It’s time for pro-life Christians to translate their moral theology into political and personal action. At the very least, we should be voting for those who will use their political power to work toward ending this morally atrocious practice. We can’t close our eyes to abortion any longer.