Someday You Will Be Loved

Last night, just before I headed off to bed, I was talking with my mother and one of the other guests at this house about the painful subject of abortion. The other guest in the conversation showed me the painful music video of a song by Ed Sheeran called “Small Bump,” which deals with his love for an unborn child that an ex-girlfriend of his apparently aborted, leaving him with painful reflections on a life that never was allowed to draw breath. My own thoughts about abortion are sufficiently clear and obvious [1], but rather than talking about the issue itself, I would like to talk about a possibly implication of the Great White Throne Judgment on the issue of abortion. In order to do this, I would first like to begin with some obvious scriptures that discuss this time, and then I would like to follow with their implications that relate to the subject of abortion.

Revelation 20:11-15

“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Isaiah 65:18-23

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create;
For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people; the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying. No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; for the child shall die one hundred years old, but the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, and My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble; for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.”

Isaiah 54:1-13

““Sing, O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited. Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth. For the Lord has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a youthful wife when you were refused,” says your God. “For a mere moment I have forsaken you, but with great mercies I will gather you. With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer. “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you. “O you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones. All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.””

What are we to make of these passages in light of the issue of abortion. Let us, as is customary, help to address this problem by adding to it. In this world we see two related forms of futility. One form of futility is the fact that our world is full of murderers who snuff out innocent life, sometimes without regret or remorse or repentance. Of course, we should all be willing to forgive those who genuinely repent, and understand that the aftermath may be horrible, filled with a great sense of loss and suffering, but in our world there are many whose hearts are hardened against their fellow human beings, and who lack the love for others that we should have as a part of our ordinary nature. There is also the form of futility that comes from those who have wished and longed and prayed for children and families and whose wombs were made barren. In biblical times this was a great problem that often resulted in drastic and terrible mistakes, often involving the use of slave surrogate mothers who then put on airs, as Hagar did, as a result of their more fertile wombs. Today as well the longing for little ones often drives people to undertake expensive and doubtful means of fertilization, aside from adoption and other mechanisms by which people seek to satisfy their desire to raise up godly offspring, and to show love to others and feel loved in turn.

It would appear, on the face of it, that the most elegant solution to these twin examples of terrible futility is to put these corresponding needs together. When the dead awaken, many of these dead will be full of frustrated longings for family, and many other of the dead will have been cast off as unwanted by their families of birth, especially, in our age, among mothers. It therefore is an elegant solution to have those little children who only lived a few days in the wombs of their mothers to be raised to finish their time in the womb and then to live a life in the judgment and choose to forgive their murderers and also choose to follow God’s ways in light of the love they will be shown by those who had previously been denied the opportunity to bear children and show love to them. On the other hand, those whose lives were made bitter by loneliness and barrenness would have the chance to be godly parents, full of love that was now able to have a proper direction that had long been frustrated.

To be sure, this is not something about which we can be dogmatic. It is perhaps an inference at best, and at worst merely a hopeful speculation on the part of someone whose life has been full of futility and difficulty. Perhaps that is why I identify both with those whose lives have been marred by horror, as well as those whose deep longings have been long frustrated because of the futility and vanity of our human existence. Yet despite this longtime and intense frustration, I am of the belief that God has filled our lives with longing for a good purpose, so that it may ultimately be of benefit to ourselves and to others. What better result of such longings could take place other than to turn the sadness and mourning over the barrenness and loneliness of life into the tender and caring and sensitive heart that was capable of showing kindness to those whose lives were snuffed out by the very absence of tender and loving care as little children, many of whom had not even been given the chance to draw breath in the first place. Let even such horrors as abortion turn out for the good, in providing a chance for life to triumph over death, and for grace to be shown even to the murderers of the innocent, if they are able to accept it.

[1] See, for example:

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