The Choice is Yours

Pro-life? Pro-choice? Pro-me? Pro-you? Pro-what??!

In the last few months we have seen a new wave of controversy pushing the issue of abortion on us once more. There have been states passing laws to ban abortion or restrict it even further. This of course has ruffled many feathers. And I of course got moved to write a message about it.

In thinking of writing this message all I could think of was the word of God and how all my life I have heard Gods voice telling me directly 

““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.””

Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV

God has chosen us since before we were even conceived so how can someone else not choose us before we are even born? 

In discussing this issue with a friend I gave my point of view with love as my support like in almost all arguments but my friend pointed out it is not just love but the fact that we have forgotten the value of life. 

I honestly just think it’s as simple as we have become a selfish society and we have been taught by this warped generation that there is nothing wrong with being selfish and self seeking. 

Many may argue well what’s the point of bringing new life to such a corrupt world or to a place where they won’t be wanted or loved? But that’s just another excuse we make up to cover up our selfishness! You who say you are pro-choice you have the choice to love this new person but you in your selfishness decide to love yourself instead; it is not that you have an inability to love but that you choose not to because it is not convenient to you.

See as far as the pro-choice/pro-life arguments go there are three things that are mainly covered: 

  1. My body 
  2. My time 
  3. My pain

(Note the word my… selfish?)

Most people who argue for abortion say that they if they are the pregnant ones that they just simply don’t want to hurt or burden their bodies with child bearing or birth or they will argue that it is for health issues. So we destroy the body of another for our own? “Oh but they aren’t even formed yet!” That’s the response we get isn’t it. So again I reference you back to that verse in Jeremiah 1:5. Just because you can not “physically” see that body fully formed as your own that doesn’t mean it isn’t there we just choose to see what we want… we choose to see the blob and not the person. Because to you it’s your body but to God it’s His child- His vessel. I always remember this famous quote by C.S. Lewis “You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”…. see when we die this body dies yes but our souls are eternal. So you think of this blob as no one but God thinks of His creation and child as the future. We are not willing to submit our bodies through any changes because it is “my body…. and I can do with it as I choose” yes true but your choice for not hurting yourself is to hurt another, no matter how you perceive to see it, and in doing so destroying a whole other future just as easily as your mother could have chosen to do so and in doing so not even giving you the chance to make this choice yourself. See “your choices” are the allowance of the choices of the past that now impact our present and “your choices” now will also be what will impact the future bringing us to that second “My”-my time.

Your time and how you spend it are what are most important and no one or nothing should be allowed to disturb your plans. What about the plans of God? 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Do you not believe in Him? Trust Him? Not a Christian?

Ok then let me put it to you this way…. what would happen if your mother had chosen not to give you life? Then you wouldn’t be here contemplating wether you should give someone else life or the right to make that choice… you wouldn’t have time at all. What if all the greatest characters of history would be wiped because their mothers or generation had made the same choice… how different would our present be? (Though God tells us that His plans always prevail no matter what we choose but we loose out on blessings when we don’t choose Him or His plans… “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?””Esther 4:14 NIV… what if you were born for this moment? For precisely this choice?) And now the last question before “my time… my career/ my future… this is just not the right time for me” kind of mentality completely takes over you. What if every person in this and the generations right behind us who have the ability to conceive and give birth all adopted the same mentality and we all became selfish or self-absorbed and we all choose not to have kids and abort the ones we do conceive because they don’t fit into our plans…. there goes the whole future of humanity! Basically driving ourselves toward extinction.(oh no but let us save the trees and the animals… who you saving them for?) and this leads us to the last of the “My”s- my pain.  

What if this new life was conceived because of rape? Incest? A loveless marriage? An abusive partner? Poverty? Already have too many kids?  Simple. God has a purpose for everything including the pain in your life and for everyone both you and this new life.  See in our life(in this generation)we have been taught to only think of our own pain and suffering and to by any means possible find a relief for it. You ask how can we not be sympathetic toward the poor girl who got raped by her father and is now carrying his child? You are wrong I am and I’m more than sympathetic or empathetic I have compassion for my fellow sister, the circumstances are harsh painful and full of darkness. I love her and want what’s best for her. And so you ask then how can I say that she should bare and give birth to this child that is the mark of so much pain? Because out of darkness we have the ability to  relate life and our of misery we are able to bring out joy. How? See you see your life destroyed and seek to destroy this one too but if you allow yourself in the pain to give life instead you are creating a new life for yourself and this baby. You are becoming better then your assailant or your circumstance and doing good instead of bad for yourself and another in doing so forming a new and stronger character and a new future and kind of life. A life in which you allow yourself joy and happiness for others. Weather you keep the child or give it into adoption for the joy of a barren women who did not have the privilege you did of experiencing the growth of life within her. When we choose life over death it is a choice for yourself truly. Because of your choice for mercy and grace you will receive of as well. And I go back to God has a purpose for everything and everyone. Your pain made you stronger better and a much better kind of human. For this new baby too… perhaps the child you choose to birth will impact the future of humanity in ways you can’t even start to imagine. 

Pain is pain sometimes it’s necessary and we have all felt it. We started this message in the first chapter in the book of Jeremiah where Jeremiah wrote down the story of how God first called him. But it we keep reading we get to a Jeremiah in pain, so much pain he says…

“Cursed be the day in which I was born! Let the day not be blessed in which my mother bore me! Let the man be cursed Who brought news to my father, saying, “A male child has been born to you!” Making him very glad. And let that man be like the cities Which the LORD overthrew, and did not relent; Let him hear the cry in the morning And the shouting at noon, Because he did not kill me from the womb, That my mother might have been my grave, And her womb always enlarged with me. Why did I come forth from the womb to see labor and sorrow, That my days should be consumed with shame?”

Jeremiah 20:14-18 NKJV

You read this and you might try to say then there you go a man who says he didn’t wish to even be born. But! Jeremiah said this out of pain… and his story does not end there He keeps going and in everything still praises the Lord and continues to do the work of God. The problem with what Jeremiah says here and in the same pained humanity out of which many of us speak is that he wished that he had been killed at the womb but that’s why we should never rely in our own pain or the word of man but the word of God. God had told Jeremiah in that very first verse we read at the beginning that He knew and had a plan for Him even before the womb. So we need to stop thinking of the life within us as just a blob or a small unformed specimen… you as well as them are people, souls, that God created even before consummation. God has created with a purpose and every single life matters. Jeremiah had been chosen as a prophet to speak to the people and speak against the abominations they had fallen into. One of the things that Jeremiah went ahead to fight against was the religious practices of the people in which they sacrificed their children to the god Molech in pursuit of prosperity. Many see this as horrible and barbaric acts of pagan religions of old… but tell me what makes our modern society so different from them when today we are still sacrificing our children is pursuit of our own prosperity. 

So let us choose not ourselves today let us make a change today let us better our own society and go out of this twisted modern norm in which we have all always chosen ourselves and let us choose life for all. Let us choose a future for all. Let us choose prosperity for all. And if you can go so far let us choose God and His plans for they are better than ours. I don’t know about you but I’m pro-Christ!

Christ who gave His life to give you and me a new one. Christ that instead of being selfish with every right to be so (“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV) instead chose self sacrifice for the benefit of all humanity. That’s should be our modern example to follow.