Did you watch the Super Bowl recently? No? Well, a lot of people did, including me. There were some memorable ads, as expected; some were funny, some were sweet, and some were a soul-searing trip into insanity (I’m looking right at you, Puppy-Monkey-Baby, and I can never un-see what has been seen). One that my wife and I found amusing was the Doritos commercial, possibly made all the more resonant as we are expecting another child and just did a sonogram this past week. I could describe it, but why not watch it for yourselves?
Personally, I was chuckling up until the end, which I felt was a bit much. Regardless, I saw it, and I thought nothing of it. It’s an ultrasound… of a child… a human child. Apparently, though, the humanity was too much for the pro-choice crowd.
Pro-choice advocates began aggressively tweeting against the ad and Doritos. Did you feel their palpable anger, rippling out across the interwebs? Seriously, though: political correctness has gotten out of hand, to the point that an ultrasound shone at prime-time is “offensive.” Never mind that many in our country treat Doritos as if it is their entire food pyramid, both in form and function.
The idea that a baby isn’t somehow a baby until it emerges breathing from its mother, only because of her approval to do so and her will to give birth, is what we are indoctrinated to believe. Ever since Roe v. Wade came down from the Supreme Court, Americans have had to take a stand on what they see as the beginning of life, and current national policy, as of that decision, says that somehow that is negotiable. The thought is that a woman should have the “right” to decide what happens to her body, regardless of the fact that a child, who has no choice in the matter, is permanently affected by that choice. This flies in the face of God’s Word. Before clinical appointments, pregnancy tests, and, ultrasounds, God made clear centuries ago in His Word that life begins at conception; to take it back to Biology 101, God’s Word shows that life, as we should see it, starts at the meeting of the egg and sperm… It’s pretty clear. In fact, it goes beyond that and says that God’s awareness of who we really are, the soul behind all we see, exists prior to even that:
Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV): 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
You see, abortion, that “right” that should be a given as our culture would have you to believe, becomes an issue with God, as He knows us prior to that “mass of developing tissue” formed within the mother. God knows there is more to us than the corporeal body that walks, talks, and beatboxes through life. He sent Christ to redeem our souls, not our bodies, as ultimately, the body we have here on Earth stays here. That body that lives to see a hundredth birthday and that body that doesn’t even get to breathe on its own outside the womb are one in the same–they both contain a soul that is precious to God.
Psalm 139:13-16 (NKJV): 13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
You see, we all start somewhere. Two cells join, and then that merger becomes more. Cells become tissue, tissue becomes organs, organs become a system, and systems make up the biology of every human being. I’ve always shared this analogy in regards to when life begins:
When I have time off of work and intend to go on vacation, I load up the car and go. When does vacation start? Does it start when I get there? No; my vacation started whenever I got in the car and headed out; I’m not responsible for work, and I’m traveling on vacation. Now, say the trip was cut short, due to matters beyond my control or because I decide to stop traveling and get back to work. Even if I don’t reach the destination I set out on, I can’t say that I wasn’t on vacation; it was cut short, but my intent was still there, regardless of what circumstances did to that intent.
I believe that when it comes to abortion, people put so much into their personal perspective that they rarely look at the intent of God. Abortion is often carried out as a matter of convenience, a means to circumvent some anticipated problem or to “right some wrong” that has been perpetuated. When sin happens, abortion is suddenly on the table, as if committing another sin will somehow make things right.
When life begins in the meeting of those two cells, we see the working out of God’s Will, no matter how inconvenient it may be for those involved and no matter how mysterious the reasons may seem. God imbues a soul to every human life He creates, and I believe that is reflected in the passages I shared. When those two cells meet and join, that is just the firing of the gun at the starting line of a life intended by God. The life that results as of that joining is known by God, cherished and loved by Him. That life was deemed worthy of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, yet that’s only how God sees us.
Society is largely only concerned with the here and now; it discards what shows no immediate benefit and only personal or societal cost. Society sees the “unwanted” or “inconvenient” life as a burden, but God never sees life as a burden, nor could He. To Him, sin is a burden He lovingly dealt with, so why should we keep more sin, that “option” and “right,” on the table? He makes life, and He has an eternal plan for it. The imbuing of life is, then, by its very nature an act of love, and as Scripture shows us, God is love. Where life is, God is.
You may be thinking: HE GOT ALL OF THAT FROM A DORITOS COMMERCIAL?!?
No; I got all of that from the preciousness of life. We all started in the womb, and by the grace of God we’re here to watch Super Bowls, eat the deliciousness of Doritos in an ever-increasing variety, and mull over this topic, which shouldn’t even be debatable. I don’t know where your life has you now, but whoever you are and wherever you are, know that your life is precious to God, and He has a plan for it. It may not look like it in the moment, but that’s where we are often trapped: in the mindset of the moment. It is that mindset that makes “choices” out of “non-negotiables.” Think about this: there are countless children developing as I write this and as you read this, and as their lives develop prior to exposure to our crazy world, God knows what He has in store for them, too. God knows what He has in store for you; so, seek Him.
Apparently, the very idea of life inside of a woman (even if that life is shamelessly craving the flavorful taste of Doritos) is somehow too much for pro-choice advocates to take. I believe that the offended reaction we witnessed in response to this ad is because it showed what pro-choice advocates don’t want impressionable people to see: the moving, thinking, animated life that is going on inside the womb of a mother. Who knew that a goofy Doritos ad would push buttons as it did?
But, it did, and as the saying goes, “the Lord works in mysterious ways.”