“You are my greatest adventure.” -Mr. Incredible The Incredibles
There was a young woman back in the sixties who became pregnant by someone she had been dating. She had not really intended to marry the man, yet found herself in this predicament. Abortion was illegal then, and she and the man made the decision to keep their child. The baby grew to be a young man who eventually married and had children. His memoir is not one of great fame and wealth, but his presence and life has exemplified what is really important, and has been a source of great joy to his family, many friends and those he has mentored. His wife has often thought of how grateful she is that his parents chose life because her life would be different and her children would not be who they are. Her husband’s life has impacted many people because of his intelligence, his kind heart, and his dedication to excellence and virtue. What if he’d never been born? The world is so much better with him. As the movie It’s a Wonderful Life illustrates so clearly, one life makes a great difference in the world.
This weekend marks the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision to legalize abortion in the United States through Roe v. Wade. In the span of this thirty-nine years, upward of 40 million lives have been intentionally terminated, legally. When one reads the opinion of the court for this decision, one detects a significant bias. In a nation whose Constitution declares the goal to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” (Posterity is defined as “future generations”) we have failed. The court decided that the liberty of those making the decision whether or not to abort was the only liberty of consequence. No liberty or life is guaranteed to the one who has no voice. For us to enact a law that favors the strong over the weak allowing the strong more rights to liberty and life than the weak is a violation of a human right.
While the controversy of the issue is always raging, Christianity offers a unique perspective offered by our Omnipotent God. God ordains all life and has a purpose for each one of us.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:13-16)
There are no accidents and nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). If this were not true, what kind of God would He be? A God worthy of worship is all good things in perfection, and He uses all things to point to our need for Him.
God demonstrates His interest in the life of mankind from the very beginning. If you read the beautiful verses of Genesis 1 you see that God made us in His image: “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness. . . So God created man in his own image,in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” After speaking the universe into existence in chapter one, what does God do? Genesis 2:7 gives more detail. Unlike the rest of creation, God does not merely speak Adam into existence, although He could have; rather He forms the man from dust and literally breathes the breath of life into Adam’s nostrils. I’d call that a hands on project! We have a personal God who is interested in the details of our development and gives instructions for living life to the fullest in His Son.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:10-11
God is no less involved today than in the days of Adam. Each one of us is a unique creation in His handiwork. This is why life is sacred and meant to be protected until such time as God chooses to bring its earthly finish.
Have you had an abortion?
You may be experiencing emotions or effects for which you are not prepared. Know that God has not abandoned you. See the way of recovery in grace and hope by going to this site. The site also offers insight for fathers. None of us are faultless in the eyes of the Lord. None of our sins are “less” than another’s in the eyes of God because all sin separates us from His perfection. God is so perfect that imperfection cannot exist in His Presence. But he addresses this conflict because He provided Himself, in the person of Christ, to pay for our sins and offer us hope in the resurrection. King David prayed the following prayer requesting mercy from God:
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;
you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.Let me hear joy and gladness;let the bones you have crushed rejoice.Hide your face from my sinsand blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (Psalm 51:1-12)
The Lord did indeed take away David’s sin (2 Samuel 12:13). David’s confession was heartfelt and heard by the LORD. If you are burdened with sin consider David’s prayer, and begin your relationship with God through Jesus Christ today. God’s grace is greater than your sins. He desires to have fellowship with you. What is your response?
God is not limited by your financial situation, your education level, employment status, or your living conditions.
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Luke 12:22-24
Ask God for help. You do not have to be alone. To learn about your choices go to this site. There are people who will chat with you, and a box on the right side where you can search for local help centers by entering your zip code.
It may not be evident at the moment, but life holds great adventure, wonder and possibility when we put our trust in the One who design and ordains it.
“Dum spiro, spero” — where there’s life, there’s hope.
“Because I live, you also will live. ” John 14:19b. And it’s a wonderful life.