Hard | Lines :: Week 3 – Abortion
Talk about a hard topic. This topic is touchy, personal, difficult and brings such a varied set of responses. Whether Christian or not, nothing about the abortion conversation is easy.
Again, like we did in the previous week and all other things we strive for at theProcess (our student ministry program), we try to make informed decisions on any topic based on what Scripture says, first. That is the root of these conversations. As Christians, it must be. Any other source offers no guarantee of truth.
This doesn’t mean the verses we look at are fun, and or easy, to look at and ingest. Sometimes the most difficult things we can learn from Scripture is when we are called to live and respond to life’s circumstances in ways that feel like the VERY opposite way that we would want to respond. But this is why we look to Scripture for all things, especially tricky topics. It speaks the truth regardless of our feelings or personal preferences. And again, as Christians, we need to align ourselves with Scripture, with the help of the great Helper, the Holy Spirit. Asking for help is simply just as easy as asking for help. 😉 Crazy, huh?
In any case, what follows are the Scripture references we used in our discussion on abortion (by no means exhaustive). Please read them for yourself and see what the Word of God illuminates for you in regards to human life and our responsibilities.
God had a hand in the baby making process:
God made all of us with a purpose:
Children are a blessing:
God made us all, regardless of who they would become:
All life is precious:
Children in the womb have emotions:
Luke 1:41, 44
“It’s a woman’s body, therefore her choice:”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Rape or incest
Deformities or disabilities:
1 Corinthians 1:27
Caring for the weak and vulnerable:
How then should we respond to those who have had abortions? Should they be ostracized or thrown out of the church? By no means. As Christians, we are still called to love others. Remember that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. This doesn’t mean that as we started showing signs of getting our lives on the right track, Jesus died for us, it means that while we were spitting in Jesus’ face (figuratively or literally), He still chose to die for us, knowing it was the only way for us to be saved.
This means, we have the same attitude towards those who do things we wouldn’t have or believe things we wouldn’t. We love them. We show them compassion. We show them mercy. We forgive them. Jesus said that people will know who were are [who we follow] by our love.
On a personal note, if you are in a spot where abortion seems like your only option, you need to know that it isn’t. There are so many families out there who are unable to have a child that maybe yours would be the one they’ve been waiting for. It doesn’t mean the adoption process or carrying a child for 9 months will be easy, because it won’t. But it will be helping out a number of people. A loving family, your baby, and eventually you.
If you are in my youth group, I made it known that I personally will adopt your baby. I will raise it as my own, along side my amazing boys. And you will become a part of my family, should you choose to.
The abortion conversation is hard. It always will be. But, I believe there is plenty in Scripture to tell us how we are to respond…if only we’ll take the time to look.
Let me know what you think about these verses or if there are other ones that should be included.