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November 24, 2008 / beidson

Christianized Hypocrisy: Startling Statistics on the Unborn and the Born-Again

I don’t know who originally said this, but it is such a true statement: “There are only 3 reasons to justifygrief2 abortion: rape, incest, and my situation.”  I was reminded of this awful reality when I received a newsletter from a local pregnancy support center.  They reported some pretty alarming statistics:

  • 3,500 women woke up this morning and said, “Today is the day of my abortion.”
  • 2,300 of them were teens
  • 2,670 claim to have some religious affiliation
  • 630 of them will claim to be born-again/evangelical Christians
  • An estimated 43% of all women will have at least 1 abortion by the time they are 45 years old.

The abortion-rights movement has spawned a nasty self-righteous arrogance, displayed proudly by organizations like Planned Parenthood, which makes t-shirts applauding a woman’s choice to abort her child.  However, there is another sort of self-righteousness which prefers to be kept secret, that would prefer to cloak itself in Christian subculture clothing and put a fish on the bumper.  It’s also the sort of hypocrisy that would drive a Southern Baptist deacon to drive his daughter to another town, away from familiar faces, so that she could have an abortion and not dishonor the family.  It is this type of hypocrisy that may save the family name but bring much dishonor and shame to the name of Jesus Christ.

These teenage girls and fathers and mothers are in our churches and in our neighborhoods.  It would be to our shame and guilt if our churches are not the kind of places where borderline abortion advocates may safely find counsel and support during a crisis pregnancy situation.  We must condemn abortion in the strongest way, and yet, we must be bravely compassionate toward those who have sinned in this way, or are considering doing so.  And we must also uncover the hypocrisy of confessing Christ with our tongues but rebelling against him with our actions.  T-shirt or not, abortion is no secret act.  God sees everything, and will bring everything into the light one day.  We must prepare our families to face the Judge, having lived honest lives of confession, repentance and steady growth in Christ-likeness.

These statistics should make us sick to our stomachs, and even more, sick in our hearts.  Millions of women must live with the fact that they chose to end the life of their little ones.  Though there are many reasons for having an abortion, the truth is, it is a tramatic (or should be) experience for women, and often one that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.  To these women we must extend the mercy and grace of God in Christ, and offer them the liberating forgiveness that we know because of Christ’s substitutionary atonement.  His blood covered actual sins, even the sin of abortion.

I am grateful that our community has such a ministry.  There are hurting women everywhere, as statistics will show.  Though we ought to oppose abortion and the ideology which supports it, it should be our aim to warmly welcome women who grieve over their choices and mourn the loss of their little ones.  And for those within our fellowships who have committed the sin of abortion, we offer the hope of restored fellowship where it has been broken, and the grace to move past the sin which once clung so closely.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matt. 5:4).

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