I am using Sarah’s writing prompt to launch my blog today. Her whole prompt is “Close your eyes and imagine the kind of world you would like to see. What is it like?” I just shortened it for my title, but the idea is all hers.
I want to see a world in which life is valued, all life. I am one of those radical pro-lifers. I always vote for the candidate who is pro-life and if there is no such candidate in the race, I don’t vote. You see, I believe that life starts at conception. No, I am not from a religion who taught that as a truth that had to be accepted or you couldn’t join the church. I came to this conclusion all on my own because I have read God’s Word and believe that it means exactly what it says.
I believe that God is the Creator of all life, and we can neither create it nor destroy it and be following His Word. If God told the prophet Jeremiah that He knew Him before He formed him in the womb, then to me that means He also knew me. He knew you, your children, your grandchildren…all the people on earth. God causes that sperm to meet that egg and create a new human. He is involved in the conception of all mankind.
For those of you who cry out: “But it is the mother’s choice. It’s her body, after all!” No, wrong! Your body belongs to the Creator who created it. And it is my belief that the choice was made when the mother decided to have a sexual relationship with someone and get pregnant. “Wait,” you say. “What about rape and incest and other horrible sex crimes that end in a pregnancy?” Again, my reply is that God created and it is not up to us to decide to kill because of the way the pregnancy happened. There are so many people who want to adopt children. Yes, it would be difficult, heart-wrenching and painful to carry a baby to term if your body has been violated, but that innocent baby inside you did not choose to be there. Your violation was the result of the sin in the world, and those who would abort that child are compounding the sin. That’s just my take…abortion is murder, period. It seems strange to me that if you kill a child outside of the womb, it it murder. But if you kill a child forming in the womb, it is not. I know that Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, but I don’t think for one minute that God was a part of that decision. This issue is a hot-button topic and I know it. I have one child who agrees with me and two who do not. That doesn’t change my opinion, nor the expectations of a loving God who wants what is best for us always. That being said, if you are one who has had an abortion, you can be forgiven, just as God forgives other sins. I understand from much reading that women who have had an abortion suffer great guilt for a long time afterwards, even perhaps as long as they live. Guilt is not from God, so you should not accept that burden. Give it to Jesus, along with all of the burdens you carry, and let Him show you His free love and forgiveness.
When I was a young mother and living in South Carolina, I had a friend whose daughter got pregnant at the age of fifteen. I was Bobbi’s teacher and her confidante, so she told me first about her pregnancy and her plan to have an abortion so her parents would not find out. I counseled her about the worth of the innocent child and how much God loved her and this new life. She was terrified to go to her parents and admit her sin, but I went with her and we talked to them together. They promised to support her and encouraged her to keep the baby. The father ran out of the picture as soon as he found out she was pregnant. So Bobbi was on her own, except for the support of her parents and me. She gave birth about seven months later. That is the only birth room in which I was on the end of the table watching the birth instead of pushing out a new baby myself. What a blessing! Louis was born, healthy and wide-eyed, ready to take on the world. That was about fifty years ago. I have moved many times since then, but I have stayed in touch with Bobbi and know that Louis serves in the U.S. Army and has been to Afghanistan numerous times. He is married and has children of his own. So, a legacy continues because of a young girl who made the choice for life.
I am unapologetically pro-life. That is the world that I want to see…one in which all life is precious, all life is valued, from the very young to the very old. We need to get God’s perspective on life. And that is my two cents. I hope that it made you think and consider the wonder of life!