The Dancing Puritan

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Powerful Image a Super-Powerful Gospel

My granddaughter, daughter and son--in-law

Though I had been in such a room many times before, it was different this time. I walked into the room and it was not my wife Lori, but my oldest daughter Rachel, that was on the table to get a sonogram. My little girl (age 23) is carrying a little girl. The high frequency sound waves scanned my daughter and revealed the picture above of my granddaughter. We watched the little girl in the womb as she stretched, opened her fingers and wiggled around.  

The technology is amazing. To be able to take a vivid photograph of a baby in the womb is astounding. Just a few inches separate the baby from the outside world. Just a few inches separate my granddaughter from my arms.  

The pictures above show the five-month old (in the womb) little daughter of my oldest daughter Rachel and her husband Adrian (The bottom left is Rachel and the bottom right is Adrian).

People often ask, how can a person look at a sonogram, hear a heartbeat, and not know that the child in the womb is a real person, a real baby? The fact is, as John Piper writes, we know, they know, everyone knows that a baby in the womb is a real person (Piper column).

The problem with those who choose and support abortion is not a lack of knowledge but a choice to suppress knowledge so that one can do what they want to do. When the truth is suppressed then a person can be what they have always wanted to be--God (Romans 1:18-32).  

Ultimately people are not convinced of ultimate truth by sonogram photographs. Willful spiritual blindness is the issue. Blind people cannot really see vivid 3-D sonogram images. Deaf people cannot really hear the beating of a little heart just beneath the skin of the mother. The cure for spiritual blindness and deafness will never be found via technology. The cure is found in God's Word through the gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 26:18).  The blindness of the spiritually lost person is too dark to be healed by our best methods. It is not too dark to be transformed by the power of God through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16-17). Though a sonogram image has and might be a means of preventing an abortion, it will never cure the ultimate problem. It is the gospel that changes the heart.  

The invitation for Lori and me to accompany Adrian and Rachel to the doctor yesterday was a special gift. I am very thankful to have received the gift of being able to see the image of the little girl that we long to touch and hold. However, we did not need an image to know that the baby is real. There is a more certain testimony than even a sonogram.  God's Word tells us.


For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them (Psalm 138: 13-16).