Mr. De Jong is a confessing member of the Protestant Reformed Church in South Holland, IL. He is a law-student of Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN.
Much in the news, in recent months, is the practice of abortion for hire. The secular world is steaming with unbelieving fear, fear that the “fundamental right to abort” may be limited by the recent Supreme Court decision in Webster.
According to published reports in the Reformed press, some faculty members of Calvin College teach the theory of evolution as true, contrary to the biblical doctrine of creation. A question may therefore be asked: Can a faculty member who teaches evolution as true consistently stand against abortion? If so, is there other biblical basis, anchored in God’s revealing of Himself, that consistently stands over against the practitioner of abortion for hire?
The strongest, best, most biblical stance against abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia is the historical truth that God created a deathless world. If one denies biblical creation, one opens the door to justified or excused killing, both legally and morally, in Reformed circles. For the biblical doctrine of creation reveals that Jehovah is the sole Author of life, because He alone is the sole Author of creation. Because Jehovah is the sole Author of life, He alone has the right to control the processes of life and death. Therefore the biblical doctrine of creation reveals that Jehovah alone has the right to control the processes of life and death. But the theory of evolution teaches that God is not the sole Author of life, because God is not the sole Author of creation. If God is not the sole Author of life, then He alone does not have the right to control the processes of life and death. Therefore the theory of evolution teaches that God alone does not have the right to control the processes of life and death. But who then controls the processes of life and death? Evolution appears to posit one answer, the humanistic answer that might makes right, that the weak therefore have no human rights. As a consequence, we may assert that to weaken the biblical doctrine of creation by teaching evolution as true in the circle of Reformed believers weakens the Reformed pro-life stance.
The theory of evolution is used, at many law schools today, to justify and excuse abortion for hire. This is so because no qualitative difference exists between justifying or excusing evolution in a science course at Calvin and justifying or excusing Roe v. Wade in a constitutional law course at, say, Harvard Law School. The denial of creation causes the spirits of men to justify and excuse both evolution and its deathly practice in the abortuary.
In opposing abortion for hire within the circle of believers, citizens of the kingdom of heaven do well to contemplate the voice of Isaiah the prophet: “O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a. shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” Isaiah 40:9-11.