You'd think with all the talk in the news lately about Obama's lifting of restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research, that my post might be on that topic...
Or Euthanasia - considering that was the subject of a poll in a major newspaper this week.
Ethics in fertility treatments...
Words that we've kind of gotten used to being bandied about in political debate.
i'm so tired.
i read this week on one of those debate forums (i tried to find a direct quote, but it looks like it's been deleted) that the only way that we are going to see a decline in abortion is if we make birth control accessible to all - and make sex education a priority in all public schools.
i just felt tired.
i wasn't even participating in the debate. i just happened to stop in because i think there's value in understanding other's opinions & the topic of abortion is something i am passionate about.
Is that where we're at then? i guess from where i stand, birth control is pretty standard - & sex education is starting younger and younger... & yet there has been no real decline in the number of abortions. i agree with them that there is only one solution.... but i disagree with them about what that solution is.
It feels silly to even type this...
What if we as a Nation...
As a Continent...
Experienced a change of heart.
What if - we could admit that what we've been doing is shameful and wrong...
To me, this is the only solution to the problem of abortion. Sounds simplistic... and unrealistic - doesn't it?
But, isn't that what it's *always* about? Our hearts?
What if children were no longer regarded as a plague. A dreaded disease that required the intervention of medical professionals to stop the spread.
(If you've been there -
There is love, compassion & forgiveness -
It's not about what we've done - it's about what He can do in us. )
A tangible way to start...
Here are my humble thoughts.
Start with acknowledging those little lives. There seems to be a silence around miscarriage and stillbirth. i think this is because we don't know how to reconcile the grief of loss with the acceptableness of abortion.
Allowing for grief opens the door for change. Our hearts can't help but be softened when met with the reality of loss.
The Walk to Remember is a tangible way to reach confused, hurting families - and to reinforce the truth that their little one matters. We should include the families of the little ones who have been lost to abortion.
Next, we need to change our perception of motherhood. Here is a quote from my sister Stephanie that she probably doesn't even remember making, but that resonated with me years ago:
Motherhood is my extremely hard, but inestimably valuable contribution to our world & to the kingdom of Heaven.
Motherhood is a lifetime commitment. My family - Neil & my littles - are my first priority. My loaves and fishes offered daily in my role as wife and mama will be multiplied for the Kingdom of God.
Finally - & most importantly -
Christians need to keep pointing to Jesus. He is the one who can change hearts and minds. No political debate, or personal tragedy will change the world - but a change of heart - from God, the source of all Truth -