Recently I have been reading different articles about how we as Christians treat people who find themselves caught in sinful situations. I find myself wondering, “How should we react?” How Jesus would react may be the better question. Today I will be writing on one specific instance I have been reading a lot about lately - out of wedlock pregnancies.
I think, as Christians, we judge sins more harshly if they present themselves in a physical way. I’m speaking specifically about pregnancy outside of marriage. Now, before I get into this,I want to make sure everyone understands thatI do not see having sex outside of marriage as being a good choice. There is a great reason God asks us to wait until marriage to have sex, and I believe that those who have not waited have reaped some painful consequences for not waiting. God’s rules are for the protection of His children are not to limit our free will. My problem is, when we judge a pregnant woman who is not married, we do so because we see the consequences of her actions in the outward appearance of her expanding belly. Do we have the same standard for those who are having sexual relations outside of marriage but haven’t become pregnant? My next question is “Is the child the sin or is the sex act?” Here is where we take a newly beginning innocent life, a life ordained by God, and we add a penalty for the parent’s sin on to them.
How many women who are identifying as Christian or churched are having abortions? According to the Orlando’s Women’s Center who is an abortion provider “Women who obtain abortions represent every religious affiliation. 43% of women obtaining abortion identify themselves as Protestant, and 27% as Catholic; and 13% of abortion patients describe themselves as born-again or Evangelical Christians.” How is this possible? Growing up in a protestant church, I was taught from a very early age that abortion is wrong. I also know the Catholic Church believes that life begins at conception and that it should be protected. Where is the disconnect in our churches? Can I suggest that maybe it is our attitudes towards unwed pregnancy that may help those who attend our churches choose to have an abortion? Have Christian parents opted for their child to have abortion so their family name would not be tainted? Have girls aborted their child because they feared their parent’s reactions more than the consequences that come from having an abortion?
Should we then celebrate pregnancies outside of wedlock? No, but how about we celebrate a child who God has created in that precious mother’s womb? Can’t we support our moms without condoning the actual sin? Jesus loves sinners (that is all of us) without condoning the sins we all have in our lives. If He who is holy and hates sin can do it, shouldn’t we who identify ourselves in Him do the same?
My challenge to all of us today is to take an honest look at ourselves. We all sin and fall short of God’s glory. As brothers and sisters in Christ we are called to love the least among us. I believe these are the innocents who are in the womb. Could we stop assessing a sin penalty to them? It is for God to judge.
Let’s change the abortion culture by starting in our own churches and homes. We can be a beacon of light for life to our culture.