Thursday, July 17, 2008

Abortion - Good News / Bad News

When it comes to abortion, especially for Christians, there’s good news and bad news.

First the bad news:
Jerimiah 1:5 - God says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.”

Psalms 139:13-16 -For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

There can be no doubt, from a Biblical perspective, that our humanity begins at conception. Our soul is intact from the moment the sperm penetrates the egg. Not a single one of us is an accident. Not a single one of us deserves to be torn limb from limb. When we have an abortion we kill a living human being whose gift of life was endorsed by God.

Now the good news:
. God understands the struggles that our reckless and self-centred choices cause for ourselves.
. God understands the terror of an unplanned pregnancy.
. God understands the fear of contemplating a parent finding out what we’ve done.
. God understands the lengths we’ll go to in order to feel loved.
. God understands that if we were really pro choice, our choice to have sex would be based on the knowledge that we are choosing a behaviour for which one of the main and normal results - a biologically and evolutionally normal result - is the creation of another human life. The connection of sex to creating life is so powerful that even in the face of the best birth control available, pregnacy can still happen.
. God understands that we are weak and pitiful and ready, willing and able to deceive ourselves, to lie to ourselves that the life we have created is not a child.
. God understands how lost and alone we can feel when we are in that position.

That is why there is good news. God understands.

John 8:10,11 - “Has no one condemned you?” “No one sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

God is a God of forgiveness. If we are willing to change our life style, He is willing to let us try again.

1st John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, God will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

All we need to do is admit to ourselves and to God that the abortion did in fact kill the child that we created. All we need to do is quit lying to God, to ourselves and to others that what we did wasn’t wrong. All we need to do is to genuinely ask for forgiveness. And if we do those things Creator God, our gracious and merciful God will forgive us for what we’ve done. We can be declared “Not Guilty” based on our desire to confess our sins to Him. We can be freed from real guilt. We can be freed from our past mistakes. Unlike humans who love to remind us of our past failings, God is willing to remove them from existence.

Psalm 32:1-5 - The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.

We all say that we love honesty, often in the same breath as we lie to ourselves. There is nothing that we can do, including having an abortion, to make God stop loving us. There is nothing that we can do, except reject His love, that can separate us from His love.

If you are involved in a lifestyle that is likely going to set you up for a needed abortion, now is the time to change that lifestyle. If you are living a life that is full of anxiety and apprehension every 28 days, now is the time to turn things around. If you are secretly hoping to create a totally independent life with the expectation that that new person, the baby, will love you, you are sadly and tragically mistaken. If you are secretly expecting that creating a new life will make your boyfriend stay with you or somehow heal your marriage you are sadly and tragically mistaken. If you are living in any of the ways just mentioned, well, that is just a lousy way to live. All these abuses of the gift of sexual love is why God doesn’t want us to separate sexual pleasure from the safety of a monogamous marriage. He doesn’t want us to use “love” to get sex or use sex to get what you want to believe is love. Sexual love is meant to be part of a profound, deep and loving bond within a committed relationship, both to our spouse and to our Creator.

Isaiah 40:31 - Those that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will rise up on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.

Living in violation of God’s wishes is mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually exhausting. Abortion takes a tremendous toll on our psyche. Please, from the position of a pro choice individual, make the choice of whether or not to have a child BEFORE engaging in sex. If your girlfriend or boyfriend won’t stay with you in the absence of sex, tell that person to get lost. You deserve better than what that person is able and willing to give you.

If you are ready and prepared for all that raising a child entails. If you are able to provide a long-term stable home environment in which that child can grow up. If you are able to provide that child with a loving mom and dad who are themselves mature enough to raise up and train and prepare another individual for life and all that means, then enjoy responsible sex. If you aren’t ready for any of that, then:
Choose maturity over selfishness.
Choose integrity over lies, deception and manipulation.
Choose responsibility over having to cover up one error in judgement with more and more and more errors in judgement.

God loves you. He loves you enough to lay out a way of life that will protect you from using others and from being used and abused by others.

Choose God. Choose real love. Choose life.

1 comment:

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