We celebrated Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on January 20th, and just 48 hours later, the World Trade Center lit up in pink to celebrate… a law that allows full term babies to be aborted.
This issue is personal for me because from 1984- 1993, the United States experienced the highest number of abortions. It was during those years, that me and my three sisters were born. It was also during those years that Hope Women’s Centers began. The place I now work. The place my Dad helped start 30+ years ago.
I cannot help but look at the number of abortions during those years and feel a deep sadness. Those babies were not just a “blob of tissue.” They were my generation.
They should have been my colleagues.
My partners in ministry.
On average, from 1984-1993, every year 1.3 million children were aborted.
Before I continue, I want to say, I know this is a very personal and tender issue for some. I am deeply sorry if you happen to be post abortive. I know that is a deep wound, and maybe you didn’t have all the facts you needed to make an informed decision. You are not alone. I am hurting with you, and If you need someone to talk with, please click this Hope Restored Program.
Francis Schaeffer once said, “Every abortion clinic should have a sign in front of it saying, “Open by the permission of the church.”
You may be wondering why I’m using this quote. It’s because 54% of women who get an abortion identify as “Christian.” One in every four women in the church have an abortion. The number is equally as high for men. Roland Warren, the CEO of CareNet, who Hope Women’s Centers is affiliated with said, “We have women at church on Sunday and in the abortion clinic on Monday.”
This issue is not at our doorstep. It is an issue that had taken residence in our pews.
The Dalai Lama said this:
We are killing off the future.
We live in a society where life is no longer precious. We pass laws to take the life of not only a child, but also those who are disabled by assisted suicide. And Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2017, 1.3 million individuals attempted to take their own life. 50,000 individuals succeeded in that attempt.
John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to STEAL, KILL and DESTROY”
Let me tell you, he is SERIOUS about all three. But, the last part of that verse says this?
“I [Jesus] have come that they may have LIFE, and have it to the FULL.”
That is our desire at Hope Women’s Centers (and should be of the church) We want women and men who find themselves in despair to know that LIFE IS PRECIOUS. Their life is precious and SO is the child inside.
Our God is the author of life. His name is Creator. He is the Way the Truth and the Life. That is who He is!
My challenge to every single one of us is that if you haven’t joined the fight for life that you would do that. Maybe it’s through volunteering or giving. Maybe it’s through praying for pregnancy centers and churches all across the world to fight for life. Maybe it’s to help someone who is struggling with mental illness. Or, maybe it’s to find healing from your own wounds, so that eventually you can help someone else with their wounds. There are a ton of ways to be involved.
My prayer for 2019, is that we would make God’s name remembered in Broward County by fighting for life. Joshua 24:15 says, “Choose this day whom you will serve.” We either serve the God who created life, or we choose the god of this age whose sole purpose is to, steal, kill and destroy. I pray we are a people who fight for the life of the unborn, the weak, and the outcast. I pray that we are a people who are known for their love. We have a hurting and broken community and world that needs the support of the church. Let it be said of us that we love, sacrifice and promote life wherever we are.
A year or so ago, I was struck by the fact that there was a woman I knew very well whose life was wrecked by abortion. I wrote this to help me see those who also might be dealing with their own heaviness for their abortion. I wrote this with all the love in my heart. I would be honored to help anyone carry their burden. It’s too heavy to carry alone ❤️.
She is your boss, your neighbor, your friend.
She wonders why and how she could put a life to an end.
She was not in a good spot financially when she decided.
Suddenly, she realized the lies she believed she’d been blind-sided.
She’s held this secret for far too long.
Silence is her cover and also her drinking song.
She cannot speak of the event that caused her excruciating pain…
The day that her baby was slain.
She walks around feeling not even half a human being.
She robbed a life from laughter, love, hearing and seeing.
The trauma of that day is seared into her soul.
Her heart once plenteous and abundant is now not even half full.
This wound is one similar to those in combat.
In theory, one solider returns unscathed and the other forever lost, but here is a fact:
That unscathed soldier is never the same. From death he may have been saved.
But it led him to consider his own encounter with the grave.
She is broken – a mother without a child.
She is depleted and the joy she experiences is so very mild.
She is hiding in plain sight.