It occurs to me that Jeremiah 29:11 is the OPPOSITE of Abortion:
“I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” (The Message)
Narrow is the gate that leads to life…
There are ways that are selfish, and ways that are giving — an easy path to follow, and another that takes more determination and will, which is truly a distinction between a wide path and a narrow one.
Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT) tells us that…
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. (14) But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
Abortion is, more than not, a self-centered mindset of “what’s good for me is best” — not a selfless will to give another separate life a chance to survive, even if that life is given up to be adopted by another family.
Choosing selfishness over life is not love. If you think it is love, and that the choice to be able to take life should always be left up to the individual carrying the child, then your view of love is skewed.
It’s amazing the rights we give ourselves…
The rights we give ourselves — the right to vote, the right to free speech, the right to believe whatever we choose to, the right to eat 2 Big Macs in one sitting because we have the money and want to — I can understand all of these rights. These are rights and choices… But the right to take life and there be no punishment for it?
Wow. We’re pretty high on ourselves, aren’t we?
An acquaintance of mine, Nathan Martin (@NathanMartin), recently wrote:
Life is not a utilitarian concept. It cannot be. The moment we concede that God is not the giver of this inalienable right…it ceases being inalienable. AND it quickly devolves society. And certain groups are inevitably targeted for extinction. Because us humans always look at the outside, we will never view life or human value as God does.
Let me just be clear… There is a God —He is LORD, and we are not. He is the giver of human life. When we step in and choose to take lives on the sole merit of ease and convenience, boldly, as some groups are calling it an inalienable right, then we are playing the role of God in this Broadway musical of “Life.” Yeah, and we think we’re great at that role, too. But when an imperfect being tries to play the part of the infallible God, we fail and fall hard.
I am not trying to take “rights” and “choices” away from people — What I am stating is the obvious: There is a right that we took from God when we began choosing to allow some, and not others, a chance to enter this world. This was never our choice to begin with. It was the Creator’s right, not ours. Millions of lives have been swept away under a rug for the sake of largely selfish choice.
I encourage you to take the hard road, not the easy choice of selfishly doing what you want.
God desires much for you
…and those are good things, not bad! He has “plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” He does want what is good for you, and you DO have a great purpose.
The real choice in the matter: You must be willing to allow God to make that change inside you.
You have a choice. I encourage you to choose to follow God and allow Him to make deep changes in you today.