Okay, I know I’m opening up a can of something potentially ugly–but also potentially very, very beautiful with this post. So many of my conversations as of late have been about the issue of abortion, pro-choice, child’s rights, parental rights, adoption, etc., primarily as a result of our recent Presidential election. And . . . I’m glad. As long as we can keep the conversation loving, with respect to one another, and understanding of the worldview from which each of us comes, this will be good.
So right up front . . . I’m writing (and living), to the best of my ability, as a follower of Jesus. Albeit flawed and in process and flatout in error at times. Fair enough.
The question I want to raise is this: Can a follower of Jesus be pro-choice? And when I say pro-choice I mean in support of a mother’s right to abort her baby through the third trimester (that is the issue that is politically on the table).
As a follower of Jesus, I hold God’s Word, God’s will, as revealed in the Bible as the highest authority for my life. Sooo, I’m going to quote some Scripture, not as a redneck Bible thumper, but as the guidebook for my life.
You (refering to God) made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb (emphasis mine). Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb (emphasis mine). You saw me before I was born (once again, emphasis mine). Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed (you guessed it–emphasis mine).
Every single day in the United States of America, nearly 4,000 abortions are performed. That comes out to nearly 1.4 million abortions per year. When you add in the number globally it is virtually too much to comprehend.
But what about the life of the mother? What if she was raped? What if she is in danger? Okay, for argument’s sake, let’s say that we give those mothers “choice.” For argument’s sake . . . we give them the right to choose. Do you know how many abortions we would still have in the USA every day? Nearly 4,000!!! Virtually ALL abortions performed are what is termed “abortions of convenience.” I’m not demeaning anyone by that phrase–it is simply used to delineate abortions that are not performed as a result of a health issue for mom or an issue of rape.
Sooo, I’ll leave my post here for now and look forward to hearing from you and dialoging with you.