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Part 3: Moral Injury Through a Biblical Lens


Let us enter into the third part of the discussion regarding moral injury through the eyes of King David and the murder of Uriah the Hittite (read 2 Samuel chapter 11 verses 1-27). David had Uriah killed because Uriah was inconvenient to David's future with Bathsheba. Bathsheba was expecting David's child and as Uriah's wife this would have created a major scandal. The king knew that even he would not escape consequences from the adultery so, he needed Uriah eliminated. It took the prophet Nathan to bring the whole affair out into the open so that King David could experience and face his sin and his own self-inflicted moral injury (2 Sam. 12:1-14).


Similarly, to recognize her wrong, a post-abortive woman has to bump up against a prompt or a trigger -something incongruent with her current value system- to move her toward admittance and acceptance and ultimately towards healing from her moral injury. She has to experience her "Nathan" moment. Until then, many of us, with the help of our society, can excuse our "choice." But make no mistake; this grieves God. *please know that I understand that many women have been forced as children or by threat of death to an abortionist. I recognize your unique pain*


But, there is always hope for the repentant! Like David, we can look our sins in the eye and acknowledge our wrong. 2 Samuel 12:13 says: "Then David confessed to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord." Nathan replied, "Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won't die for this sin." We learn from David that a truly repentant heart moves God to forgive. Romans 5: 12-21 beautifully describes how God's Grace now takes away our sin for those who accept Christ and His sacrifice. The moral wounds we carry from our abortion "choice"