~I wrote this last March and just got around to posting it. It has been heavy on my heart lately.
I was listening to a sermon today by Douglas Wilson while I was flipping pancakes for breakfast and I got all fired up! He was preaching on Mark 9 and he made some amazing connections in the passage that I have failed to see in the past. I love when we can see these connections, a deeper purpose underlying the obvious on the surface.
Wilson pointed out how the demon that possessed the little boy had tried to kill the child by throwing him into water and fire. In just a few short passages, Jesus tells the disciple that anyone who leads a little one astray, it would be better for a millstone to be tied around his neck and for him to drown or to burn in fire. Water and Fire--see the connection? Wilson also pointed out that Satan hates children, attacks children, is anti-child, and anti-life. This is absolutely wicked. Most Christians would agree. However, while most Christians would agree that abortion is wrong, I would contest that many are not totally pro-life, for an anti-child, anti-life attitude permeates even the modern church. First, many Christians, who claim to be pro-life, will compromise this belief and vote for a pro-choice political candidate because of another issue. I ask what issue trumps life? If God is the Author and Creator of life, LIFE, than what political issue trumps life? None. Life is more important, much more important, than ANY other issue, hands down. In addition, many Christians are regularly limiting their family size through means that may actually cause abortions!
Being pro-life is NOT simply being anti-abortion. Being pro-life is being PRO-LIFE!! It means submitting your will to God and accepting HIS plan for your life, your body a living sacrifice, and not telling Him your plan and telling Him he will have to overrule it! God is not necessarily going to give you a dozen children! He may not even give you one more child! Yet, it is not about having a ton of children! It is about obedience in our hearts. It is about our hearts loving what God loves. God is not going to give you another child and then not provide for him or her! When we take a step of faith in obedience, God will bless this! There is NOTHING more rewarding in this life that we can invest in than raising godly children--nothing else will last past our life--not a career, possessions, our "social" work projects--but an eternal soul will, and it is worth a lifetime of investment.
I am so passionate about this, and becoming more so the older I get, as well as more outspoken. However, I do bite my tongue SO much, not just with strangers, but also with friends. I hear excuses everywhere I go and I am not even the one who brings it up. People must feel convicted to start telling me, when I don't even ask, why they stopped having children. You see, when you embrace LIFE, you are a walking billboard for the gospel! It used to bother me that people stare at us wherever we go. Yes, I have gotten used to it, but I have also learned that I have to die to myself in order to obey the Lord, embrace life, and point to Him. It is not about me, it is about Him.
I am saddened when I hear Christian women talking about children just like the world. There is often no difference. There is no love of life. Life is a burden--another mouth to feed, another bottom to wipe, more sleepless nights, stretch marks, a burden. So many women say that they want to be able to spend individual time with the children they have, that if they have more they won't be able to be a good mother. But, how do you know this? Aren't these excuses based on fear? How is that any different from the world? My exhortation to you is to choose LIFE--embrace your fertility before it is too late. There is an end to it. And if that is not an option for you, choose adoption. Choose to embrace that which God has embraced and even if you are no destroyer of life as the demons were who attempted to kill the little boy, you may not really be totally pro-life. Being pro-life is not the same as anti-abortion. Being pro-life means embracing and loving life!
In Christ, Laura