Facebook is crazy today, y’all! Of course, it always goes crazy when it comes to politics. Abortion, though, is a little bit more than just politics. The idea of aborting a baby at 40 weeks is heartbreaking. I can’t imagine even considering it. There are women who do, though, obviously. Buuuuttt… This post isn’t about abortion. It’s about sin. It’s about how we as Christians (or, as I prefer to be called, Christ-followers) should respond, and I’m definitely prepared to lose some friends over this one.
I’ve seen lots of outrage, anger, and hate today. I can understand that, I really can. But sit back and try to imagine something for a second. You are pregnant. You’re unmarried, your boyfriend is a total loser, and your parents are going to kick you out on the street. You have nowhere to turn. You look for help, but all you find is, “Abortion is murder! You’re a murderer!” You decide to have an abortion anyway, because NOBODY is willing to help you. OR you decide to have the baby and try to take care of it yourself. Since childcare is so expensive, and you have no help, you get government aid. Now you’re a lazy, good-for-nothing bum who needs to stop having kids you can’t afford. See the dilemma? You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
I’m fixin’ to get real personal here for a minute (and you better believe it, because my Southern don’t come out unless it’s serious). My kids and I qualify for government assistance since my husband died. We have Medicaid, because insurance is crazy expensive. Some of the same people I see sharing things about taking away benefits are the same ones telling me to “stay home with your kids and live off your Social Security for as long as you can.” Why is it OK for me to do that and not OK for somebody you assume is just lazy? Is it because you know my story? You can’t have it both ways. Either it’s alright, or it’s not. Stop talking out of both sides of your mouth. (Disclaimer: I know some of you truly love others and would do anything at all to help anyone who needed it. This post isn’t for you.)
Sorry (not sorry) about that little side rant. Back to sin. I do believe that abortion is murder, and murder is a sin. Know what else is a sin? Divorce. Lying. Having an affair. Being rude to your server when your food is wrong. Talking about someone behind his back. You guilty of any of those? I know I am. Guess what. THEY’RE ALL SIN!!!!
I happen to know some women who have had abortions. I have seen the amount of guilt they carry with them on a daily basis. Do you know how to help them? Love them. Be there for them. Offer them help when they need it (and they will need it – emotionally, physically, and financially). The same goes for somebody dealing with an unplanned pregnancy (side note: It is possible to get pregnant while using birth control!). If you truly think a baby is a blessing from God, that goes for all of them – even the ones that the parents can’t afford or the ones whose parents are “lazy”. You don’t get to pick and choose. Because if you hate them for having an abortion, that’s a sin, too.
Next time you’re about to get all worked up over abortion (or anything else for that matter), take a breath, and think, “Am I doing this out of love or anger, and is it going to accomplish the task or drive them away?”
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” -Romans 3:23
“As it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one;'” – Romans 3:10
“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” – 1 John 3:15
“For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” – Mark 7:21-23