“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The Issue of Abortion
I have been mulling this over for a couple of days, and decided I would go ahead and write about it. After all, Abortion has everything to do with Adoption, and everything to do with Orphans, the homeless, alcoholism, out of wedlock pregnancy and many, many other social issues of today.
I read that a young person's creative idea to spread the word that abortion is an awful thing, was to have a t shirt made up with a picture of what it looks like. I couldn't help myself but respond, as I find the idea to not only be immoral, but repugnant. To put a precious life, torn apart on a Tshirt with a slogan is just an awful representation of what is wrong in the American Church.
Let me first say that I have strong issues with abortion and I believe it should not be legal, period.
However, it IS legal in our country and there are many, many people who are desperate, frightened, traumatized, confused, poor, unmarried, who seek out abortions. What good is a T shirt going to do them? If they were to be walking down the street and see this shirt, is it really, REALLY going to cause them to change their mind? Or is it going to cause them shame, and sadness and re traumatize them from the lie they have been told?
I strongly believe that instead of clever bumper stickers or fancy Tshirts, if we set our ACTIONS to show the compassion and LOVE we are COMMANDED to show in scripture to those in need, we would see fewer abortions.
I am also irritated that the very same people who scream about no abortions, are also judgmental to the single mother who has her baby. You can't have it both ways. You can't demand a person not have an abortion, and then ostracize them, because they didn't. I see that all the time. The view of, "you made your bed, now lie in it!"
It isn't our job to punish. It is our job to uphold truth, share the gospel and disciple.
If we truly care about the baby, we are also going to truly care about the mother.
We really need to put our actions with our words, which includes supplying the needs of babies whose mothers keep them. With supplying counseling, parenting classes, baby formula, diapers, food, etc. we will be showing Christian love to the neediest in our society and thus have opportunity to share the gospel. There is no relationship or opportunity to share with a bumper sticker or a t shirt.
I am saddened that abortion is legal. I am sad that so many are effected by it. Not just the babies, but the mothers too. It is a silent shame, to a silent scream.
And it is a very LOUD shame for Christians, if we sit in judgment and do not help those in need. Crisis Pregnancy Centers are a great place to donate or volunteer precious time.