Tomorrow, many congregations will have bulletin inserts or songs or sermons or announcements that extol the sanctity of life and, rightly so, condemn the practices in our world that destroy life indiscriminately, especially the practices of abortion and euthanasia. Many will be speaking out this next week as we observe the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, whether vocally or in writing or on social media forums. I agree with that and applaud it, for few things trouble me more than the loss of innocent life to abortion. But sometimes the rhetoric of this season can get in the way of compassion, and of the biblical command to weep with those who weep. So in our church services this week, and in our weekday words and actions, while we defend life, I desperately hope that we will keep these things in mind about abortion in particular.
Remember that every abortion has more than one victim. Ironically, many women who choose abortion feel caught, that they have no choice. Some are forced by parents to abort, or pressured heavily by a boyfriend. Some who make a clear choice for this struggle with regret and guilt over it for years. Fathers may or may not be consulted, and may or may not have any say over the life of their child at all. Grandparents may not have been told until their grandchild had already been aborted. I also believe that those who do willingly participate in the act of abortion without any obvious regret or guilt will suffer over time from a seared conscience, what the Bible also calls a hardened heart, when one gets less and less sensitive to His leading - as is true with any ignored sin in our lives. In a congregation of any size, you will have members who have been personally touched by the tragedy of abortion. Remember that, and be gentle with your words, knowing that the hidden wounded are among you.
Dear church, you can make a difference in the fight against abortion, and also in the struggle for the spiritual and emotional health of all those touched by the loss of life in the womb. The God who created that life demands it of us.
With great passion and compassion,
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