Everyone who knows me pretty much knows that, although I am against abortion, I am not an anti-abortion activist, per se. My ministry is geared more toward writing about the poor, and my personal prayer life follows the mystics'. I do make baby blankets for poor mothers who have opted to have their children instead of aborting them, but that is the extent of my active support of the pro-life cause.
In fact, I have been saying for some time that, until we cure the underlying problem, abortions will likely remain legal and people will continue to have them. The underlying problem is fornication, of course. We live in a culture that promotes promiscuity, ridicules traditional morals and degrades the family. Our real job is to convert the culture and bring more people to Christ. In the meantime, however, we do need to at least TRY to create a stopgap measure to stem the tide of abortions and save the babies from being killed. If we did manage to make abortions illegal, that would only be the beginning of the real work.
From a purely personal point of view, I am very grateful that abortions were not legal when my father got my mother pregnant when she was 17, because he would have insisted that she have one, and I would not be here. How can I know that? Well, I knew my father and his attitudes toward children. I could tell you stories that would make your hair curl, but just take my word for it. Despite having had narcissistic, selfish parents; despite a wretched childhood and a difficult adult life, I like being alive. I wouldn't trade it for an early death in the womb. When I was in the womb, however, I had no say in whether or not I would be allowed to live. Fortunately, neither did my parents.
All Christians look forward to a never ending life in heaven with Father, Son, Holy Spirit, the saints and the angels. One could ask the question that, if we are all meant to return to heaven, why didn't God just create us, like the angels, and keep us in heaven with him? Why put us through these human lives and THEN take us back to himself? It is a mystery, of course. No one can really answer that question, though some of have tried.
The essential point is that we must be here for a reason. God created this world and he pronounced it GOOD. It is for some good that we are here, living our lives, participating in the creation of more lives. The natural order of things is GOOD. A mother and father coming together to participate in creation is GOOD. Babies are GOOD. Life is GOOD.
The story of how Satan came to be illustrates the problem of egotism and arrogance. Satan thought he could be another God, so God threw him out of heaven. In the story of Adam and Eve, our first parents were egotistical and arrogant, thinking that they knew better than God and could eat of the fruit of the tree, despite God having instructed them not to do it. These stories carry the message that ego and arrogance are the primary sins that get us into trouble. The moment we think we know better than God; that we know better than the Church he created; that we know better than the natural order he created; THAT is the moment when we are thrust out of the heavenly realm and left to wander on our own, in misery because we are estranged from God, by our own choice.
Putting effort into circumventing something good God has created is a sin against God and is not in our own best interests. It throws us outside of the Holy Kingdom. This is why the entire Christian church was against artificial contraception until very recently. (Now only the Catholic Church really talks about it.) It is one of the reasons why Christianity has always been against abortion. The sin of abortion is easier to comprehend than the sin of artificial contraception in the minds of many, even religious people. Until one realizes that the cycle of life that God has created for human beings is GOOD, it will be hard to understand the prohibitions against artificial contraception and abortion.
Westerners accustomed to the democratic process have a particularly hard time wrapping their minds around the idea that obedience to the natural order, God's order, is the ideal. The individual is so lionized by the Western world, that each person has been elevated to a mini-deity status, and the egotism and arrogance of this stance is death to the spirit.
Fortunately, Christianity is the religion of second chances. In the past, we may have sinned against the natural order of things, but we can repent and re-enter the kingdom of heaven. Many women regret their abortions, have repented, and are enjoying the bliss of the community of God's people. Many men regret the abortions they have encouraged.
They have realized that obedience to God is not a position of slavery. It simply means that one is in harmony with the natural order that God created. While a musical harmony is beautiful to the ears and uplifts the spirit, disharmony is painful and repellant.
The real "choice" that we all need to make is whether or not to place ourselves in the harmonious, beautiful and sublime kingdom of heaven, in communion with God, his saints and angels, or whether we want to live outside the magical circle, in a life of disharmony and disease.
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