Beautiful Life Wednesday:
(What's Beautiful About Abortion?)
Why post about abortion on "Beautiful Life Wednesday" here at Woman of Faith? I do it because abortion is a thing that prevents millions of people from having a beautiful life each year.
Abortion ends life, period. There is absolutely nothing beautiful about it. But until we stop sanctioning it with our laws or otherwise turning a blind eye, I am compelled to address the issue.
Jesus said he came to "give LIFE; and that more abundantly."
Abortion is death--the absolute opposite of what God came to earth to give us.
I'd like to share the thoughts of a greater thinker than I, today. Someone who gave his life for what he believed.The following is from "Bonhoeffer on Abortion," a post I saw on John Piper's blog, "Desiring God".
Bonhoeffer’s clear and strong views on abortion (are)..decisive on the immorality of it, and pastorally compassionate toward the persons in crisis.
Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And this is nothing but murder.
A great many different motives may lead to an action of this kind; indeed in cases where it is an act of despair, performed in circumstances of extreme human or economic destitution and misery, the guilt may often lie rather with the community than with the individual. Precisely in this connection money may conceal many a wanton deed, while the poor man’s more reluctant lapse may far more easily be disclosed.
All these considerations must no doubt have a quite decisive influence on our personal and pastoral attitude towards the person concerned, but they cannot in any way alter the fact of murder. (Quoted in Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer, 472, paragraphing added)
I pray these words speak to your heart as God intends.
As Christians, we don't hate women who feel compelled to end the life of their baby.
We just pray for life. Period.
Two decades ago I started a book with the theme of a teenager in crisis due to an unwanted, unexpected pregnancy. My writing took other directions, but if the Lord gives me the chance, I'll finish that book someday. I pray rather, He helps our country end the legalization of this bloodshed so that girls like the heroine of the story won't have to face such awful choices. Those like her would still have to face the consequences of their actions, but like so many before them, they'd likely discover that the "unwanted pregnancy" is a gift in disguise: a beautiful life!