The above probably seems like an odd question to some, but I keep running across alot of opinions about abortion, and how to interact with those who provide them
Sometimes as I write this blog I do so to inform, get a laugh, or to connect…
other times is in hopes of a good conversation stemming from intentional thought
Thinking, not reacting
Abortion is a topic that incites reaction. It is emotional…painful…theological…political…personal
Because of this, the question I pose above may at first seem obvious to some
In the name of justice or freedom, decency or morality, you might have formed an opinion…reacting
We unfortunatley live in a world where most of us know someone who has had an abortion or has been affected by one
I feel like the church must be very thoughtful about these types of issues. The thought must stem from a deeply theological place. A place where God’s heart, chracter, and will dictate who we are and what we believe.
No matter what side of the issue you stand on, most agree abortion is a horrible thing. If you disagree you are an idiot. I spend several months doing counseling at a pregnancy center a few years ago. It was heart breaking. When a fifteen year old comes in intending to get her third abortion from a pregnancy with a 16 year old sophomore something has gone very wrong a long time ago. To sit and listen to the story of these lives creates the feeling of someone tying a rock to your back and then sitting on your chest.
Abortion is easy in a church sanctuary, or congressional hall. Unfortunately this is where most of our policies are formed. Abortion is horribly hard when you are sitting across from a 17 year old boy who dropped out of high school and with tears streaming down his face explains that he has no idea what he is going to do, and has no father around to teach him how to be a daddy.
Let me be clear. I consider myself pro-life. I believe God has a plan for the person forming in the womb of a mother. But let me be equally clear. I think abortion is a profoundly complicated issue. More complicated than many ascribe. The victims of abortion are many, and sometimes the baby is not the only one who is defenseless.
I want to link to a post that I found incredibly interesting…
It is written Penelop Trunk. She is a successful business women who posted about the two abortions she chose. I found the post incredibly courageous in light of the vulnerability in created for her. To date there are 482 comments on the post…equally interesting, although some were just plain stupid. I commented, identifying myself as a pro life pastor, and offering my thanks for her courage in the post. She emailed me to thank me for the post and said she often gets pastors commenting anonymously giving her a piece of their mind and what I can only assume they believe to be true. It broke my heart to think that pastors saw fit to anonymously offer scorn…it is cowardly. The post created in me an understanding that this issue will require a great deal of courage to address. Courage is something the church should have in great measure.
To answer my title question…YES. Of course it is wrong. Are you kidding me? The man who blew away Dr. Tiller isn’t a hero, he is a murderer. God doesn’t use redemptive violence. He uses the gospel to redeem!! I recently read an article that was linked in a blog about the last remaining, well known abortionist in our country. His name is Warren Hern and he rides around with three US marshals in bullet proof cars. Those he needs protection from are in large part people who claim Jesus as their Savior. People who claim to be saved by the grace of God when they were vile, depraved, and wicked. People who claim the love of Jesus was greater than their sin and redeemed them from it. These people are reacting, and in their reaction they feel justified in their joy that a man saw fit to make himself the judge of another and put a bullet in his head. If they were to stop and think they would see the great and jaded hypocrisy of their faith. Grace is not fair, it is scandalous in the most violent and mind bending kind of way. Have the courage to to show it
Grace and Peace-TD