I have to believe that Dr. King would have been pro-life
In January, we celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday. We also rally in Washington for the annual March for Life to protest the Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortions in the United States.
Those decisions occurred almost five years after Dr. King’s assassination in Memphis, and some people might question where he would have stood on abortion.
Dr. King was a pastor and his Christian faith was the most important thing in his life.
Therefore, he would have known the following scriptures about abortion. In Genesis 16:11, the Angel of the Lord said to Hagar “Behold, you are with child.” There are at least 16 other places in the Bible where a pregnant woman is defined as “with child.”
In Exodus 21:22-24, God set the punishment of “life for life” (the penalty for murder) for killing an unborn baby.
Proverbs 6:16-19 states that one of the things God hates is “hands that shed innocent blood” (an appropriate definition of abortion).
Dr. King would have known that adoption is a much better choice than abortion because In 1 Kings 3:16-27, King Solomon looked favorably on the mother. To save her baby’s life, she was willing to give her baby to a harlot who had stolen her baby, lied to her, was fighting her for custody, and was willing to have the baby killed rather than give the baby to someone else.
Dr. King would also have opposed abortion because he was a champion of justice and human rights. The unalienable right to life in the Declaration of Independence is the most important human right, because without life, no other right is possible. With the Supreme Court decisions, that right no longer applies to unborn children.
As a pastor, Dr. King would also have cared for people’s souls and would have known that while hanging on the cross, Jesus said “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Many people in the past didn’t understand, but are now realizing their sins regarding abortion. They should always remember that God is merciful and forgiving. Even if they knew it was wrong and did it anyway, if they are truly sorry, repent and ask Him, God will forgive them.
If he were still alive, Dr. King would probably be at the annual March for Life in Washington or at one of the associated events.
And like his niece, Alveda King, he would probably be a major speaker encouraging people to be pro-life.
Robert Boudreaux, Gloucester, Va.