October Baby

by Nathan Rambeck on

October Baby

I just came home from watching the newly released film, October Baby, which tells the story of a young woman who finds out she is the survivor of a failed abortion. The story was gripping and poignant.

As I walked away from this movie, touched by it's story of tragedy, forgiveness and healing, it reminded me of why I fight to end the legalized murder of unborn children. Without offering too much of a spoiler, the young abortion survivor in the movie seeks after and eventually meets her birth mother. We might think that such an event would be extremely rare. For a woman who had an abortion to eventually meet the child she aborted is uncommon, primarily because most abortions don't fail, but are, tragically, most always successful.

But if we were to think that such an event is rare, we would be dead wrong. Even as Christians, we often forget that this earthly life we live is just a vapor. We were created with eternity in our hearts, so that this life we live in the flesh is just the beginning of an eternal existence in one world or another.

So when a baby's life on this earth is extinguished by her very own mother (and many times with the complicity of her father) that's not the end of it. The pain doesn't stop when that tiny little girl finally succumbs to the bloody implements of the butcher. That little girl lives on, though not in the world where she was supposed draw her first breath, but in the next world we sometimes call eternity.

These mothers are taught to think that if they end their child's life early, their baby will never know what they missed and that they'll be spared the pain of being unwanted and unloved. But we should not be so deceived. These little children will know for all of eternity what their parents did to them, and will have the same questions and heartache as the character Hannah in the movie.

And rest assured, just as the character Hannah, eventually met her birth mother, so will moms and dads meet the children they disposed of. For some, that meeting will likely be in the context of an ugly courtroom trial in which the child will stand as a witness against their own parents, and moms and dads will receive their just condemnation. For others, those who have eventually humbled themselves to partake of the grace of God, the meeting will be under different circumstances where there will be forgiveness and healing and the wiping away of tears.

Let us not fail to always keep in mind eternity as we contemplate the consequences of sin and injustice in this world. It's easy to neglect the plight of unborn children because we think that the millions of children who perish every year, end their suffering upon the pangs of death. God will comfort them, but He can't make the pain of such tragedy just magically disappear in a moment.

Let's also keep eternity in mind by preaching the gospel alongside our fight for justice, to rescue unborn children from violence and moms and dads from the guilt of sin and consequence of eternal death.

How to Receive Salvation

Humble Yourself

God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6

If you think that you are a pretty good person (better than most, at least), then read no further. You don't need Jesus Christ. Jesus said, I came for the sick, not the healthy. So, if you are healthy (ie. morally upright) then Jesus doesn't have anything to offer you.

But if you take an honest look at your own heart, stop giving excuses for your sin and selfishness, and humble yourself before God as one in need of mercy and forgiveness, then you are well on the road to salvation.

Trust in Jesus Christ

Did you know that Christianity is the only religion in the history of the world that offers the possibility to have your sins paid for once and for all?

Eastern religions teach you that your sin and guilt is imaginary, so you just need to be “enlightened.”

Islam, Judaism and Christian cults like Mormonism teach that guilt is real, but you need to earn God's favor by living as good as you possibly can and by doing religious rituals to make up the difference.

But the good news that God offers you, is this:

If you will believe that God's Son, Jesus Christ, bled and died to pay for your sins, and that He rose from the dead (Jesus can't help you if he is still dead), then you will be saved.

Saved simply means “rescued.” Rescued from your guilt. Rescued from judgment. Rescued from eternal death. Rescued from hell.

"The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:8-13

Nathan Rambeck is a full-time husband, father and software engineer; and a part-time Bible teacher, abolitionist and evangelist. He lives in the Dayton, Ohio area with his wife Jamie and 6 children. (Facebook)