Abortion as an abstraction


I’m not going to lie. Abortion is an abstract idea to me. While surely I’ve talked with people who have had an abortion, gone to church and worshiped with them, probably even had them in my home…it’s never come up. I’ve never worked at a crisis-pregnancy center and taken a phone call, or held the hand of someone as they poured out words in agony over the decision to terminate their pregnancy. Some might say then, that because I’ve not done those things, that I cannot, more importantly, should not, voice an opinion. That would be the standard cultural line. It’s also a lie.

We speak to, and about, abstractions often.

  • A $16,000,000,000,000 national debt? Abstract. Which is why we don’t REALLY talk about it. The concrete truth is that our country is broke, going broker, and will, in all reality, likely never be solvent again.
  • Guns? For many, also an abstraction. Many people for gun control don’t know the slightest thing about guns which is why they use words like “machine guns” and call guns “automatic weapons” when they are not.
  • Conversations about the “rich”? Also an abstraction. The other day, Anne and I were watching “The Today Show” and there was a story about a 40-year old that wanted to retire. Matt Lauer, who makes $25,000,000 per year, wondered aloud if that sort of thing was possible for “any of us.” I’d like to let Matt know that I don’t make anything close to $25 million, and “he” is really not one of “me.”
  • Ad nauseum.

The Story We Don’t Hear About

In Philadelphia, there is a “doctor” on trial for murder. According to the report from the grand jury that indicted him, Kermit Gosnell ran an abortion clinic that, “catered to the women who couldn’t get abortions elsewhere–because they were too pregnant. For Gosnell, they were an opportunity. The bigger the baby, the more he charged.” Massof, a “right hand man” of Gosnell’s, testified that 100 or more babies were born alive in this abortion clinic. And he described how the babies, born into this world, were summarily executed. He stated that the abortions were “literally a beheading.” He testified that he would snip the spinal cords of the babies.”- source.

Now, this is the kind of story that has not been reported much. Why? Great question. Perhaps it’s because stories of babies being born alive and then killed by having their spinal cords severed with a pair of scissors is a little too serious for a news cycle that would rather talk about our entertainment industry. Oh…did you read the above quote? 100 or more babies were born alive and then, for the lack of a better phrase, executed.

Truth Bomb 1-

I’m not writing this to induce shame or guilt on those that have made this decision. As noted, I wasn’t there. The guilt and shame that you feel, you’ll only get rid of that by embracing Christ. If you’ve embraced Him, he’s forgiven you…those feeling that you have, while normal, are not from God. We can talk about what it looks like to move past regret and into true freedom.

Truth Bomb 2-

As a culture, we’ve decided that “It’s my body, and I’ll do what I want with it.” While VERY American, it’s not Christian. For the Christian, and I recognize that not all who may read this are, this is a lie. If you say this, you’ve fallen for it. Repent. If you believe it by acting on it…repent. Paul writes it this way- “Don’t you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is in you. You have received him from God. You do not belong to yourselves. Christ paid the price for you. So use your bodies in a way that honors God”– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

Theology Matters

One more abstraction. Traditional Christianity has called the concept of Jesus “buying” us “penal substitutionary atonement.” In VERY minimal laymen’s terms: we are sinners, guilty of separating us from God. This separation requires a punishment. Christ came to pay that penalty for us. There are a number of Christians that believe this to be incorrect, outdated, and, what one even called, a case of  “divine child abuse.” So, to retrace our steps…

  1. Let’s pretend that Christ did not die to take on our sins.
  2. We’ve not been bought.
  3. Our bodies are our own.
  4. We have freedom to do whatever we like with our bodies.
  5. This is why many of these same people are fine with abortion and stand firmly united behind so-called marriage equality.

Let’s return to abortion, briefly. To read the Wikipedia entry on Kermit Gosnell is interesting. Especially the part where politicians that are “pro-choice” lament the fact that various health departments were not “doing their jobs” when it came to his clinic. What’s ironic about this is that in many, most and if not ALL cases, attempts to bring any sort of control/oversight into this industry (that’s what it is…it’s not healthcare) are met with furious resistance.

Occam’s Razor

Maybe, just maybe the reason that news organizations are NOT covering this story is simple. Abortion is wrong, and this case plainly reveals that. Our culture is one that is no longer Slouching Towards Gomorrah…we are fully engaged in it, and the blood of the millions of children is on our hands.



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2 responses to “Abortion as an abstraction

  1. Mary Van Raalte

    A mindful of thoughts: What has happened to a “doctor” who is able to behead/sever the spinal cord of a viable child? What has happened to the US media that this is not a #1 news item on a daily basis? What has happened to families that encourage their children to abort their grandchildren? Where are the elected conservatives hiding so that they can avoid addressing this in their public meetings/addresses? Why is the Christian church mostly silent on what is being done to God’s image bearers? Why am I whining about my sore knees/weather/repetitious dishes to wash/cleaning to do instead of speaking out on behalf of those little kids who aren’t able to express their pain or their desire for life?
    Conclusion: I am bearing this guilt, our country is, the churches, too.

    • Mary-

      Great questions. The answer to your questions is simple, from a biblical standpoint…our culture is in Romans 1 mode. We must figure out how to love people through this.

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