Cautionary Note: I believe I must admit up front that many, many people will disagree with this post, especially at the beginning. All I ask is that one who begins reading decides to finish the entire post before responding.
This is a unique and unfortunate few days in world history. On Tuesday (January 22nd), the 40th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision which legalized abortion in the United States was remembered by those on both sides of the abortion issue. Tomorrow (Sunday, January 27th), the world will take a moment to remember the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Russian soldiers. Interestingly, this day was established as a time of remembrance by the United Nations, even though now this organization has little support for Israel and/or the Jewish people.
Both are seminal events in the history of humanity. And I first want to declare that I am adamantly Pro-Life, including being against abortion in the case of rape, incest, or the life of the mother. I know that this often goes against the political Pro-Life position; however, I simply cannot condone murdering the innocent for the evil actions of the man who violated women and children. There are 50 million souls who never received a chance to be born and for that we as a nation and churches must seek God’s forgiveness.
HOWEVER, those who choose to compare the act of abortion to the period of time known as the Holocaust indicate both a lack of discernment of the issue and an insensitivity to the Jewish people that should be condemned. For while I will never sugarcoat or downplay what I believe to be acts of murder that were legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973, I have to agree with Jewish groups who negated any attempt of comparison.
The Holocaust was unique from any other horror in the world’s history in several ways but I will list only three …
- The Third Reich was not merely content with the destruction of Jewish lives, it sought the complete genocide of an entire group of people.
- The Holocaust sought not only a genocidal end of the Jewish people, but also to eliminate any vestige of their existence from the surface of the earth.
- Adolf Hitler, operating under the influence of Satan himself, not only wanted to eliminate the Jewish people from the annals of history, but also to obliterate the promises of God to all of humanity (Genesis 12:1-3).
This last point is ultimately why the analogy comparing abortion to the Holocaust fails. Abortion is an action which defies justification or explanation. The Holocaust was a moment in history in which Satan sought to destroy God’s Chosen People. Both result in the deaths of an untold number of innocent victims who should be mourned and remembered; however, this is where the comparisons must end.