This week is sanctity of human life week. I'm afraid I could get on about twenty different soap boxes, but I'll start with just this one. While I would definitely agree that abortion hurts both mother and child, I simply find some people to be overly compassionate in their treatment of this topic, afraid to condemn the choice to take a life. If a lady came to me personally wanting to find hope and forgiveness, then certainly I would compassionately show her the Way to true Life. Some have made this decision not fully understanding the consequences of their actions, and they have my sympathy. But I find it difficult to understand why people feel the need to allow other people to "make bad choices" in this area. I personally think that we still have too sterile a view of what's happening. 43% of American women will have an abortion by the age of 45. In 2003, 43% of women that had an abortion in the U.S. had already had at least one other abortion. (Thanks to Focus on the Family's Citizen Link for those stats.) If your next door neighbor chose to violently murder her 2 year old, I doubt that most of us would say, " I'm sorry that she made that decision, but we should treat her with compassion and not judge her." And I venture to say that that murder would likely have been less painful and horrific than the typical abortion. Do we choose to view it as the horror that it is only if the government declares it illegal? That sounds very similar to what the German people living near concentration camps did. That is the defense given by Nazi doctors who experimented on Jewish twins and nurses who euthanized the elderly and handicapped gave as their defense. It was legal. We, as a society judge people for their crimes all of the time. There is no sin that Christ cannot forgive, and we should always offer that hope with compassion because none of us are without sin, but until we start being shocked and appalled and calling sin by its name, why should anyone seek that forgiveness? Do I think the answer is to launch an attack against against women choosing abortion or the doctors performing them? No. I believe that the Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation. Christ is the only lasting solution to any problem. Proverbs 28:13 says He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. But we must speak the truth in love.
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