By Tati Martinez
(Translated by Linda Vasquez)
After being a Christian for 23 years, how was it possible that I did not realize the value that God had given to life? How was it possible that I did not stand up for it? It is sad, yes, and I know that many of you are in the same condition that I found myself in. I never imagined that my world would change after reading a book that exposed the negative effects of secular humanism in society. Humanism? I did not understand that concept, nor the gravity of this ideology, until the meaning of that concept began to be constantly on my mind and my heart. Humanism is: “A system or way of thought that focuses on human reasoning.”
In the Garden of Eden, God gave Adam a commandment: “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:16, 17). Then, we see how Satan tempts Eve. “So God said: You cannot eat from every tree in the garden?” questioned the serpent. God did not say that; He said that they could eat from every tree, except for one. Eve was manipulated with the following concept: “Eve, you are not going to die; if you eat of this fruit, you will be like God.” Here we see the concept of humanism: be like God; make decisions without Him. It is at this point that all the pieces started to come together. Maybe you ask: What does this have to do with the concept of life? Everything! To try to be like God and use our own reasoning is dangerous.
The matter of abortion has divided the opinions of the world into two groups: one of them supports the teachings of humanism—that humans are at the center of everything and that women have freedom of choice. The second group is made up of those who support the teachings of the Bible, and accept and teach that only God has the power over life.
From the humanist point of view, everything is right, and nothing is immoral; life and its consequences are relative. Today, people do not say that abortion is murder; it is simply an “interruption of the pregnancy.” These are just a few of the many things that opened my eyes to the horrible reality that is abortion.
A TERRIBLE REALITY
Just in the United States there have been almost 60 million abortions. In 2010, I read an article that said: “More than 1,500 abortion clinics have closed their doors because of the prayers outside of the clinics.” It was in this moment that I realized that we, the Church, not only should, but must, do something to stand for life. I teach in the Spanish School at Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, and I am the director of the ministry “Enough Is Enough.” I speak to the students about the importance of our involvement in taking a stand for life. For six years we prayed outside of a clinic in the city; in 2015, it closed. However, our work is not yet done; now we are going to another clinic that performs abortions through the sixth month of pregnancy.
Also, every year we participate in the “March For Life” because we understand that it is the fulfillment of our responsibility as believers: “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11). That is why Christ For The Nations mobilizes hundreds of students to participate in this march. They understand that it is not only a walk while carrying signs, but it is also a time to intercede and pray. The prayers reach the ears of God, and He will respond.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe