Wisdom of Solomon, Obama and Abortion

Obama and Solomon1

There has been much past discussion about Obama concerning his stance on abortion.  This discussion is not going to end anytime soon and rightly so.  I’ve made the point and so have two other bloggers recently that as Christians we must pray that Obama seeks God’s direction and changes his position on abortion.  The wisdom Obama has shown thus far is what he said at a Planned Parenthood event earlier this year.

“The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act” (source)

I don’t see any wisdom in that statement.  For more information and understanding of the Freedom of Choice Act see the “Freedom of Choice Act”.  I’m assuming Obama is using the word “first” not literally, but as an order of priority.  If abortion is not as important of an issue as many make it out to be then why the rush to sign such an act?

What would King Solomon do?  What does Solomon do in 1 Kings 3:16-28in dealing with the two women who both claimed a certain child was theirs?

24 The king said, “Get me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king. 25 The king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.”

The mother of the child loved the child so much she was willing to give him up for the sake of his life.  This is the type of wisdom we pray for Obama to seek from God.  This is not an exact parallel to today’s situation though there is much wisdom to be gotten from Solomon.

Modern Illustration of Wisdom and Abortion

A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said: ‘Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 yr. old and I’m pregnant again. I don’t want kids so close together.’

So the doctor said: ‘Ok, and what do you want me to do?’

She said: ‘I want you to end my pregnancy, and I’m counting on your help with this.’

The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: ‘I think I have a better solution for your problem. It’s less dangerous for you too.’

She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.

Then he continued: ‘You see, in order for you not to have to take care of 2 babies at the same time, let’s kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we’re going to kill one of them, it doesn’t matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.

The lady was horrified and said: ‘No doctor! How terrible! It’s a crime to kill a child!’

‘I agree’, the doctor replied. ‘But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.’

He smiled, realizing that he had made his point. He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that’s already been born and one that’s still in the womb. The crime is the same!

Obama Applying Said Wisdom

The above story, I believe, is in-line with the type of wisdom Solomon displayed.  What could Obama do then?  If it is such a necessity to sign the Freedom of Choice act he could make some caveats.  Some of the caveats to allowing the abortion could be:

  • the choice of which child to kill if she has other children
  • only after the child reaches 6 months of age
  • only upon agreeing to adopt another child
  • after completing 4 weeks of babysitting an infant
  • once the mother names the baby and writes him/her a personal letter detailing why
  • must explain why to her other children if she has any
  • after observing the birth of X number of babies and talking to their mother

I’m sure many people could come up with other caveats.  The caveats are to help understand that our decisions have consequences.  Once all requirements and accountability are removed such as this Act does, the important considerations of abortion are minimized.  Almost as if abortion is like going and having a mole removed.  It’s not that easy!  The scars of abortion can be very emotional.  Just read some of the stories from women who’ve had abortions.  Yes, even men are affected.

Of course, simply changing a law will not change someone’s heart.  It could make it more difficult to commit such an act.  Changing a law could help someone consider what they are actually doing when getting an abortion.  There is no harm in pursuing dialogue on such an immoral act via a change of law.  The real answer is, of course, the Gospel of Jesus Christ which does change hearts.  I hope evangelicals will start to push back on this issue with the Gospel.

For what it’s worth…


Update: Consider signing the Freedom of Choice Act petition. (HT:JT)

[1] This article was originally published on Nov 19, 2008. I am re-publishing it in light of Dr. Mohler’s post, In His Own Words: A Radical Pro-Abortion President.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Robin Foster November 19, 2008 at 8:55 pm


Wow, excellent story and point. Thanks for post.


2 johnMark November 19, 2008 at 10:39 pm

Bro. Robin,

Long time to “talk.” Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the kind words.


3 Tina @Aerial Installation Birmingham January 28, 2011 at 11:04 am


Excellent article, well written buddy! Very interesting, I will pass this on to my friends and family…. keep up the good work!


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