Richard Mourdock, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Indiana, said in a debate on Tuesday (October 23, 2012) that “even when life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.” Mourdock issued a statement after the debate trying to explain his comments: “God creates life, and that was my point. God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that He does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick.”
I wholeheartedly agree with Mourdock, but it is something that a non-Christian doesn’t understand—that God is able to create something good out of something evil; and that something is a pregnancy, even in the case of rape. In fact, when it comes to a human creation, however it comes about, even if it is by a rape, God in His wisdom intended it to happen—He planned it. That’s right; I didn’t say God allowed it to happen, I said He intended it to happen. I suppose none of us really understands this, but it is true. God works His will and He creates people out of situations that are evil.
We see this over and over again in the Bible. Look at the genealogy in Matthew (1:1-16). God brought forth the Lord Jesus Christ through sinful people; there are evil and sinful people in that line, including Rahab who was a prostitute and Manasseh who was terribly evil—yet God intended all this to happen as it did.
Yes, rape is a terrible thing, but a baby born out of rape does not guarantee that the child will become just like his father. And even if this kind of sin is passed on (to the child), that in no way justifies killing that innocent victim—that unborn child. (No, I am not in favor of abortion in the case of rape of incest.)
If you were molested by an evil person, should we kill you because you have been damaged? Of course not! In fact, you then will be uniquely qualified to comfort and help someone else who has gone through what you have gone through. And in fact, in God’s wonderful sovereign way, which none of us can understand, God intended it to happen.