Monday, February 23, 2009

Won Over Through Acts of Love, Grace and Peace: Thoughts on Abortion - Part 2

My small-group leader told me a story a couple of months ago that I have not been able to get out of my mind. He had read a story about a “Christian” family who lived not too far from our town. This family’s daughter made some mistakes in her life and one of them resulted in pregnancy. Her “Christian” parents were so angry with her, and so prideful that they did not want anyone in their church to know that she was pregnant, so they kicked their sixteen-year old daughter out of their home.

However, there was a woman who went to their church who found out that the young, pregnant girl was homeless and took her in. The girl was pro-life and wanted to give her child a chance at life. The woman provided the young girl with food, shelter, clothing and most importantly, friendship and support. Some months later, the girl’s baby was born. You would think that the woman who took the girl in was a strong pro-life advocate.

You would think that she would attend all the rallies.

However, if you were at your capital on Sanctity of Life Sunday, you did not see her there.

She is pro-choice.

This woman really believed that a woman should have the right to keep or not keep her baby. The girl’s choice was life for her child and this woman supported her in that. The fact that it was a pro-choice woman who took this girl in surprised me. Not because I believe that pro-choice people are heartless, but because there were no pro-life people helping this young girl who wanted to keep her baby. Where were they all?

I think that they were, metaphorically, down at the capital building holding signs and listening to speeches. I think that it is far easier to attend an event, falsely believing that something has been accomplished and then leave, feeling free to point to politicians and lawmakers when nothing changes. It becomes easy to unload the burden on someone else and then walk away. We have, for the most part, abandoned personal responsibility for the genocide that is abortion. We like to believe that since we are doing something that it is better than doing nothing. But it is not enough! If it were, abortion would no longer exist.

Will the Roe v. Wade decision ever be overturned? Personally, I do not think so.

However, I believe that there is a better way, a more effective way to change the tide in our country. (Please do not hear me wrong here. If, one day, our government repeals Roe v. Wade I will be on my knees thanking God.) That does not mean that we should stop trying to go through political channels, it just means that there is more than one way to win a battle.
If the tactics that you have been trying do not work, then it is time to change your tactics.

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