Christian women, some serving in ministry, are hiding a past abortion. Makinglifedisciples.com reports 4 out of 10 women in church are post-abortive. Many fear being found out, that their reputations could be ruined—or if they are fully healed in God’s forgiveness, they aren’t talking about it to anyone. Jesus already forgave them on the Cross, but some have yet to fully accept His full cleansing. Satan does his best work in darkness—stamping the titles of “Guilt” and “Shame” upon a sinner. I, too, bore that branding secretly for 30 years, until I realized how much Jesus loves me.
Watching a video at church one day, The Lord began to lead me towards blessed freedom. I believed I was ﬁne all those years, having asked God’s forgiveness almost immediately for my lifestyle actions that led up to the abortion. However, I was not yet ready to acknowledge the loss of my baby. After receiving remarkable healing through God’s full forgiveness, by which He pulled me up from the depths of grief and loss, how could I remain silent? More women need freedom. Meanwhile, dozens of babies are aborted in my town, and in every city in America, every single day—which also affects their mothers long afterward. God must weep over the nearly 60 million infants aborted in the U.S. since 1973. His command is simple: “Choose Life!” Deuteronomy 30:19 states plainly, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!”
But what of the mothers who chose death? Our faithful God loves each of them. He wants to redeem and restore the mother who failed to choose life—He will give them new life! God can also show the power of His forgiveness to the fathers, grandparents, and friends who aided in the abortion. God shares His promises through the testimony of those He has healed—by the prayers and voices of grateful recipients of God’s grace.
Let us not discount the spiritual impact on post-abortive mothers. Any hidden guilt or shame from an abortion experience can cause barriers in relationships—with spouses, with living children, in church ministries and even with our Savior (not that Jesus recoils from us, but we turn from Him, feeling we are unworthy).
Sadly, after 40 years of being “The Law of the Land,” an entire generation believes abortion is normal, an unquestionable right, a birth control method—without regard to consequences.
- The legal process to bring Roe v. Wade to fruition was based on inaccurate or incomplete information—or downright deceit. Court cases are usually based on facts and legal precedents, but not this one. According to http://tiny.cc/yfjvsy, several key points the Supreme Court considered were: “Life cannot be proven to start at conception.” The Word of God disputes this, and so do many scientists now. When Job pleaded with God about the trials he faced, he declared, “You guided my conception and formed me in the womb.” (Job 10:10). David, who drew so close to God, as his psalms record, said “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it” (Psalm 139:13).
- The Supreme Court assumed women and abortion providers would have a normal doctor-patient relationship from which to make informed medical decisions on the risks of abortion. However, “dehumanizing abortion practices reveal that no such relationship exists between abortionists and their clients.”
Norma McCorvey, the face of this courtroom battle, Roe v. Wade, did not want an abortion, nor did she have one. She wanted a divorce. “A pro-abortion feminist attorney used McCorvey’s case as a means to overturn Texas’ law making most abortions illegal. Weddington took the case all the way to the Supreme Court… and the rest is history.” McCorvey said, “You [will] read about me in history books, but now I am dedicated to spreading the truth about preserving the dignity of all human life from natural conception to natural death.” (http://tiny.cc/wygvsy)
We can follow Norma’s example by speaking out to save babies and mothers.
Ephesians 6:12 says “For we are not ﬁghting against ﬂesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing ﬁrm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.”
In the aftermath of war, witnesses and survivors stand up against its atrocities. Who better to stand up for Truth than those directly affected? Lest us share Truth that comes from The Word of God, because the Truth will set people free.
— By Mrs. Leslie Sams