There seems to be an unspoken expectation in today’s blog culture that if one were to comment on the hot button topic of the day, one does so immediately and thoroughly, with carefully constructed opinions and arguments. In fact, I think this may be one reason, no doubt among many, for my tendency toward reticence in posting. Maybe I’m a wimp, but I generally shy away from the brouhaha of social media commentary.
Except for today.
I cannot read of the Planned Parenthood videos and not weep. I haven’t watched any of the footage; merely scrolling through my Twitter feed reading the headlines and quotes is enough to bring tears to my eyes. The screenshot of the hand in the tweezers, like so many have said, I cannot unsee it.
My heart is broken.
I grieve for these precious little lives taken so soon and in such brutal fashion. I grieve for the evil and the lies that call wrong right and right wrong. I grieve for the medical personnel who deal in such atrocity.
I grieve for the abortive mom.
My heart breaks for the many women who have endured the violation of abortion and are now seeing what before was only imagined or ignored. The hand, they cannot unsee it either.
I have friends who are post-abortive. Though they have found healing and hope in Jesus Christ, they will not hesitate to tell you that it is a horror that lingers.
I do not want to be overly dramatic but I am convinced we would be surprised at how many post-abortive women we each know who are suffering in silence. Yes, in your pews at your church.
Dear friend, if this is you suffering in silence, please know there is hope. You need not suffer alone. Your sin, like all sin, is evil rebellion against God and His ways. But Jesus bore the weight of your condemnation when He died on the cross. He paid the penalty for your sin, yes for the sin of your abortion, and He offers you His perfect righteousness. Repent in genuine grief over your sin against Him and turn to Him in faith, believing His promise to save, and His free and full forgiveness is yours. Forever. Completely. His grace covers all your sin, all of it, every single one.
And please, sister, talk to someone about your shame and your guilt. At the crisis pregnancy center where I volunteer, we offer post-abortive counseling. We have women there who know exactly what you are experiencing. They too aborted a baby and they want to offer you friendship and support as well as the healing they have found in the grace of the Lord. If you are local, you are more than welcome to email me and I can get you in touch with someone. If you’re not local, then please find a pregnancy center in your area that will support you as you work through these issues.
I know that the condemnation of the enemy in regard to your abortion—and yes, sometimes of the world, especially the evangelical one—is an ongoing attack. Stand firm, friend, and know that the grace of the Lord is not without effect. Remember your hope is in Christ! Remind yourself of the gospel, that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. And “no” means none. Zero. Zilch. You are free!
How I pray this freedom bring you joy and healing in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the praise of His glory.
And to others who may be reading this, may we speak with care as we rightly condemn the horrific practice of abortion. It is an evil and it must be stopped. We must stand for the unborn and we must defend the image of God. But let us do so with speech that is as gracious as it is bold and uncompromising.
Please, Lord, have mercy on us all.