Tuesday, April 16, 2013

having no choice.....

One of the best blog posts I have ever read....it really should make us, as believers, evaluate how we treat pregnant women.  Don't get me wrong, I believe abortion is wrong, I don't believe in a feminist agenda and "pro choice" and fetuses not being seen as babies.  But, you know what? I don't think many young women are pro choice feminists.  I think they feel they have no choice....and sadly, I think they feel alone and like they don't have a choice because we (myself included) fail them.

I do think things are improving though.  I do think there are a lot of Christians opening their churches and their arms for lost women, unplanned babies, recovering alcoholics, former drug addicts, those struggling with sins and consequences of sins, etc...which warms my heart because we are all sinners and the church should be a place where sinners come.

Here's some exerpts from the blog post...

Abortion isn’t so much about a woman having choice — but a woman feeling like she has no choice.
We all get to decide that — between erasing sin and embracing grace. One’s impossible — and the other makes everything possible. When we’re all about the best looking good instead of the broken living grace, some don’t think they can take the shame. Some take an appointment. We can shame a woman for getting pregnant and we can shame her for aborting that baby but it’s shame for sin that bullies into further sin and what if instead of shaming, we weren’t ashamed of the Gospel of extravagant Grace?

Grace isn’t ever a paltry thing — Grace is always the very power of God. Grace never negates obedience. Grace always initiates obedience.Shame bullies and grace shields and when you are covered in grace you uncover hope.
For Christ followers, it’s more than being pro-choice and pro-life — it’s about always being pro-the-least-of-these.

The abortion debate draws women and children as unexpected enemies; the Gospel defends both as unexpectedly vulnerable.
The abortion debate offers that a woman is ultimately responsible alone for her child; the Gospel offers that no woman is ever alone and the Body of Christ is response-able to both woman and child.

The abortion debate is not so much about how we can somehow change the law, but right now change how we love. To have credibility in lobbying for laws against the abortion of babies, we must have the dependability of opening our doors for the welcoming of children.
If we are truly pro-the-least-of-these: How does each and every Christian live in a way that witnesses to wanting all children, to welcoming all children, to wrapping around all children?And how do we value the worth of every single woman?
You and I, we have to. Because ultimately this isn’t a debate and we can’t turn away indifferent — When we turn away from vulnerable women and children, we turn away from the venerable Christ.

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