The story of the false doctor, Kermit Gosnell’s trial is making the rounds of social networks, however much the mainstream media is ignoring it.
Over and over again, I’m seeing the words, “selfish women” popping up. I can’t stay silent any more. This is a rant. Take it or leave it.
Many of the women he “served” were incredibly poor, abused, and very well coerced into their abortions. Yes, they sinned — horribly — but in God’s eyes, if we direct all our anger at them, it is equal to their sin of murder. (Matt. 5:21-22) Our battle is not against women who abort their babies. It’s not against the doctors. It’s not against the courts, the legistlators, or the organizations given the responsibility of oversight. It is against Molech – the idol who demands child sacrifice. (In case you don’t know, that’s an alias for Satan.)
I work with and teach women in crisis pregnancies, and many are abused in the hospital system, not taken seriously by anyone in their lives, and ridiculed/questioned/abandoned for taking a stand for their child. (I work with the ones who choose life.) They try to do the right thing, and when they look around help, there simply isn’t much available to them. Not in practical ways, anyway.
Until that changes, our society will always view abortion as the lesser of two evils–sacrificing a child so that the mother can “live.” Though that is obviously not true, the fact is that women and girls in this country don’t really know their options. And when they don’t know their options, they don’t have any. They see no way out, until someone compassionately and lovingly shows them.
They know it’s a baby. They will even acknowledge that it is murder. The fact that they see no other way out should say something. The fact that up to 1 in 3 women sitting in our churches have had an abortion is not talked about. (I will look up that statistic for you, and link it as soon as I can.) The fact that Christ-followers are choosing this road should speak VOLUMES of hardcore conviction to the Church. Where are the brothers and sisters in Christ when a girl or woman falls? Where is grace for her? It’s hypocrisy to shame a girl for getting pregnant, and pushing her away when she should be able to come to the Church FIRST for help. Real, practical, financial, physical HELP to bring her child into the world.
Whether she chooses life or not, she faces shame. Sure, it’s “her own fault.” But so is our hypocrisy. WAKE UP AND LOVE WOMEN, CHURCH!!! Jesus did. The adulteress. The woman at the well. Mary Magdalene. Three women Jesus chose to love and honor – in spite of their sin.
That said, I think we should be careful in calling women who choose abortion “selfish.” We are ALL selfish, and just because our selfishness doesn’t always lead to murder, doesn’t make it less heinous in God’s eyes. It is selfish of us to refuse to taint our “godliness” with the uncleanness of sinners in need of the Cross. And we will be held accountable for it.
There, but for the grace of God, go I.
These women will have to answer to God one day – and I pray they repent, and find forgiveness and joy at the foot of his Cross, so they have the chance to see their children again when His Kingdom comes.
I challenge you: Pity them. Pray for them. Show them compassion, kindness, and grace. Show them the light of the Gospel. Give them a chance to be rescued from the selfishness we have been rescued from ourselves. Look them in the eye, open your arms, and HELP THEM. Aren’t they among the “least of these?”
Look in the mirror first.
Grace & Peace,
PS: Kids are waiting for dinner, so I didn’t edit this at all. Forgive typos, please.