Today marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Roe v. Wade decision. 50 million unborn babies have been killed by abortion since 1973. Last year, the Supreme Court upheld a ban on a procedure called partial-birth abortion, but abortion is still legal up until the moment of birth in all 50 states as determined by Roe vs. Wade.
I believe that many people are able to dodge this issue in their own consciences because they have been conditioned to do so by a culture of death and because the unborn themselves are silent and out of sight. One way to cure this indifference is by making images of abortion public.
[WARNING: Do not click the “more” button unless you are prepared to see vivid depictions of the reality of abortion.]
11 Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter, O hold them back.
12 If you say, “See, we did not know this,”
Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?
And does He not know it who keeps your soul?
And will He not render to man according to his work?
I don’t know that I’ve ever read that verse, but it sure pierced my heart tonight.
Then I started the video, and got only as far as the first picture before I was banging on my keys to make it stop.
Then the flood of tears came. And all I could say is, “I’m so sorry, God. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry! I’m SO SO SO SO SO sorry!”
You see, I was one of those women that Roe vs. Wade was supposed to “help”. And, for a time it seemed that it did.
It helped me go deeper and deeper into a life of sin. It helped me make sure that no one knew. It helped me destroy my womb.
Then, I met my Savior and He showed me the truth of my sin.
Now my heart breaks over my decision.
Yes, I know I’m forgiven. I know God’s grace is so much bigger than my sin…yet the reality is that sin has consequences….and the pain of those consequences will be with me for the rest of my life.
Tonight our Precept study was working through The Sermon on The Mount, and we were learning about God’s heart for the poor.
After class, I got a call that my friend’s daughter had been rushed to the hospital and so another of the women from class and I went there to be with them.
While sitting in the lobby waiting to go back, I was surrounded with poor teenager mothers and fathers..many of whom didn’t even look old enough to have babies of their own. Clearly, these were kids that lived on the opposite side of the street that I now find myself on.
I thought about our study tonight, about the Pharisitical spirit, and about how so many would likely judge those children with children.
It’s so easy to do that, isn’t it?
Yet, I see them through different eyes.
I, all dressed up, coming direct from Bible class, straight from my upper middle class home…I saw these children and thought, “They made the right choices. They didn’t try to cover up their sin with murder, like I did.”
I just sat there and prayed for those little babies…that they would hear the good news early in life. And, I prayed for the chidren that are their parents…that they would have an opportunity to know how much they matter to the Lord, and that they would come to Him.
It’s so important that we know the Word for ourselves…I was raised in a church in Houston that taught that a fetus wasn’t a human being until it took it’s first breath of life on it’s own, because that’s when “spirit life” was breathed into it.
That false teacher had everyone in his church (and it was HIS church, not the Lords!) convinced that this was truth, and he “supported” it with Scripture.
If only I had known. If only I had sought to know for myself, I’d have another child to love on every day, another person to share the Gospel with this lost world.
His name is Stephen. He’d have been 14 this April.
Jesica, Thanks so much for your transparency and humility in sharing those events from your life. What a great perspective you have now..
God will be faithful to continue the healing process… And remember: Jesus’ blood covers all and turns the ashes into beauty at the foot of the cross – there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ….
God bless and keep fighting the fight of faith!
What a powerful story…the story of your life. Thank you for sharing it with us. There is a book, a Bible study, that you might find helpful, for you or others…it’s by Lifeway…called Surrending the Secret by Pat Layton (The Healing Journey)…you can probably find it online. Thanks again for your courage to share your life.
Thank you, gentlemen, for your gracious and loving edification in Christ.
You know the flesh says, “Don’t tell that! Don’t you dare write THAT!”.
But, knowing that I have but one reason for being here..to glorify God and let His light shine in the darkness, that His Holy Spirit might draw many to Him…well, that helps frame my life with the borders of eternity.
If people like me and the woman in Luke 7 never show the world what Jesus has saved us from, then we’d be failing His command to us, and our salvation would be wholly centered on self.
That’s not why God granted me salvation!
He’s so gracious. Thank you for letting Him shine through your comments today.
One day I want to go to an abortion clinic and stand outside with a sign that says,
“I had one…ask me anything you want to about it. I’m not here to judge you..I’m here to let you share, and to tell you the truth about mine.”
There are no take-backs with abortion. So many other wrong decisions that we make in life can be reversed. Not abortion.
Abortion has no grace.