Let’s talk about abortion.
Abortion, by definition is:
The deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.
A medical procedure used to end a pregnancy and cause the death of the fetus.
It’s a hot topic right now. Honestly, it’s a hot topic for me everyday, all day, any day for reasons you will know and for some you may never be privy to, because they are not my stories to tell. But, because of the election coming up this year, it’s a point that many are talking about, and not for reasons I am happy to report.
You see, dear daughter, our nation is currently in a battle between good and evil, right and wrong, and we, as a people, are walking around in a gray fog. Nothing is simple. Everyone is afraid to speak up. Well, if you’re conservative, anyway, because they’ll call you names. They’ll make you look like a restrictive, unloving, terrible person. (John 15:18, Mark 13:13) Your life and words hold a mirror to their issues, and they don’t dare go any deeper than the surface of life. They aren’t ugly, they’re “free”. They’re not under the influence of selfishness and evil; they’re liberated. Are they? Are they free? Is an addict on a high, free? Sadly, no. They are bound, because their freedom is false, but it’s too difficult to be sober…to feel…to be broken…to deal… So they lie and live in a fantasy. Such is the state of our culture. They lie to themselves to get through without breaking down. The blood on our hands looks less offensive when you’re already wearing rose-colored glasses.
You see, dear daughter, the stuff below the surface hurts. It’s downright overwhelming at times, and it’ll make you think way too hard. It’ll keep you up at night. It’ll make you cry in the shower. It will haunt you while you sip your coffee. It will seem so much bigger than anything you could ever change.
Who wants to think about rape and incest when they can think about lattes and play groups? Who wants to read about itty bitty babies being stuck with needles and how it has been proven that they try to flee in a womb that was created to first and foremost protect its creation? We’ve got shopping to do, errands to run, friends to call, and nails to get done. We don’t have time for thinking so much it hurts and praying so much it impedes on our comfortable lifestyle.
To them, it’s uncomfortable, maybe even morbid, to attribute humanity to a “fetus” whose limbs are ripped apart and whose brains are suctioned away. God forbid we be a morbid people. That would make for such a depressing life, right? So we sweep it away and just make it simple. Don’t sweep it, honey. They need you not to turn away.
It’s not a baby…
It’s an effect of something evil…
It’s an inconvenience…
It’s going to suffer anyway…
It’s not wanted…
It doesn’t matter…
But it does, baby. It matters so much. They matter so much. They are me, you, your sisters, your classmates, your children. They matter. They matter. They matter. I get caught up, uttering it like a prayer bleeding from my heart.
Sweet daughter, it does matter. It is real. It isn’t an effect – it’s a person. If God is in control, who are we to determine who lives and dies? If we are waiting for convenience, we will surely wait forever. Someone out there wants it desperately. It does matter. It does.
I read a headline today calling one of the conservative front-runners horrible names because he was quoted telling rape victims to “suck it up”. He’s being told to “go to hell”; he has undoubtedly ticked some people off. He’s insensitive? He’s ignorant? He’s cruel? Do they even realize the names that they are calling him…the attributes they are giving him are laughable in the fact that they are for the dismembering of infants? They are discounted as worthy, simply because of their origin.
Dear daughter, I hate to even think the thoughts, but I was recently challenged by someone we love on my stance. “What if your child…” And I answered the clearest that I have ever answered anything in my life. I know it was the Holy Spirit in me. So, here is what I said to them and what I have to say to you, my sweet angel.
Those who believe abortion is okay under certain circumstances have a deeper issue.
It could be fear, anxiety, shame, anger, selfishness, resentment, unbelief, embarrassment, hatred…
The baby is not the problem – the issue is.
What if we saw rape and incest as evil, but a child as redemption?
What if we told the doctors to save? To do their jobs and their best and try to save both lives?
What if we rejected the bad report and believed for a miracle? And if the miracle didn’t come, we leaned on Grace and loved anyway?
What if we gave a family the gift of a child if we weren’t ready or able to do it ourselves?
What if we changed? What if?
We don’t want the headache. If we outlaw abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest, and the life of the mother… It won’t fix the problem. It will most-likely turn us into a nation of liars.
It won’t fix the fear. It won’t fix the shame. It won’t fix the rebellion.
But Jesus and taking that courageous step into motherhood can.
Before I brought a child into this world, I stood in the shower with an active babe kicking wildly in my belly. I was at the end of the road, and delivery was near. I had just read an article on Facebook about a woman who had tragically lost her life during childbirth. It engulfed me in thick fear, daughter. Suddenly, I saw my child as a danger. It could kill me. This could be it. The enemy had managed to make my own beloved a threat. The tears rolled fast down my cheeks that night, and I begged my husband to “save me.” If it came down to a choice, “choose me.” “Of course,” he said. “We can make another baby; I can’t make another you.” A fear and response that I’m sure many have expressed. Oh, but it was a mistake, dear one. For, there is no greater love than to lay one’s life down for another. (John 15:13) My fear and doubt took my belly, swollen with promise, and villainized it.
The moment I knew my child outside of my womb, everything changed.
The veil was torn, and I saw the intended depth of my humanity. It was so much bigger and deeper than me. My motherhood went below the surface that day and became my purpose. I would lay my life down for you a thousand times. No question. My husband can find a new wife, but the world only gets one you, and you would be worth that sacrifice. Those mothers don’t know. They are me in the shower, being swallowed up by fear. Their husbands are those fathers choosing the one they love over the one they didn’t know they’d love more than life itself. They don’t know, daughter. They don’t know.
You can be a voice of change in the darkness, dear one. You can tell the world about redemption and hope and faith and love. You can make them think. You can make them uncomfortable, but aware of a better way. You can invite any who will listen to go deeper and beyond the surface of this life. You can stand with the victimized and violated and show them the truth of God’s love and bigger plan. You can be the friend that pushes fear aside and tells your peers that a baby is not the enemy to their bright futures. Choose the hard road, the narrow one, my child. Choose to stand up for the weak and the forgotten. Choose to love the unloved and the neglected. Honor their lives with your tears in the shower and your prayers late at night. I think that the angels rejoice over you when you do. They sing over the infants playing at the feet of Jesus. They say, “You are loved! You aren’t forgotten, and your life matters to them, precious child!”
And if, in the sad and terrible chance that we ever face these scenarios that they speak of, we will walk that road together. I would cry, pray, and hold you. I would hail you as a hero, and honor your bravery and love. And together, we would kiss the face of the most beautiful baby that ever lived, because he/she would be part of you…
Abortion is not the answer, baby. With it comes a whole host of new heartache.
For now, dear daughter, I will do my best to raise you up beneath the shadow of the Most-High God. I will raise you up to be a mighty woman of God, who prays and believes that anything is possible – even the ability for our God to make beauty from ashes. I will raise you to hope for better things, to pray for the lost and shallow, to believe for a lifetime of witnessing the miraculous. That’s what I will do, and it is my prayer that you and your generation will not carry the weight of the sins of mine. Believe in life, dear daughter, and protect it.
If you, or someone you know has experienced abortion, and you are looking for something to help heal your heart, free you from guilt or shame, please consider the book, “I’ll Hold You in Heaven,” by Jack Hayford (aff. link).