The Failure of Abortion is our failure as a person, as a Church, as a Family, as a Nation. Abortion is personal but exponential in the realm of human nature and accepted doctrine. We have grieved, protested, prayed, complained in the face of CHOICE…but have we forgiven? Consider this:
- ‘Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.’ (Psalm 32:1)
- ‘But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.’ (Psalm 130:4)
- ‘To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.’ (Daniel 9:9)
- ‘And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.’ (Mark 11:25)
Probably the best Scripture reference about the ultimate act of forgiveness (besides the ones noted above) is straight from the mouth of Jesus Christ while He was nailed to the Cross was “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do,” (Luke 23:34).
An open heart forgives, a closed mind is still trying to gather suspects. But trying to open the heart is like trying to pry open a sealed tomb.
‘Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’ (Matthew 18:21-22)
As I was testifying for the Heartbeat Bill, the chamber was overflowing with pro-abortion women and men that want to keep abortion not just legal but accessible to even minor children. While sitting there, it occurred to me that these people are just as guilty as the abortionist; they smile and nod in agreement. They vote for pro-abortion candidates and legislation. Yes, they are responsible for abortion as much as the post-abortive mom who carries her shame, grief and guilt while these pro-aborts have the unadulterated nerve to wear ‘lady parts’ costumes dancing in blasphemous nose-thumbing ridicule.
Then, in regard to what is of the law of the land (all law, not just abortion), Jesus said to “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Matthew 21:22)” – essentially, we have to fight the government’s abortion law with the law and fight the Church’s ineptness of proper doctrine WITH proper doctrine, which is God’s. Jesus saw that there is and will always be a tug-of-war with Christians and Government and made this as simple as possible: Give back to Caesar AS A CHRISTIAN.
And then there’s the FAMILY….sigh. They are the worst offenders and need the most forgiveness, although they don’t think they do. Post-abortive women and men have been let down by their own families. Families always think they know better for you when in reality they are protecting themselves from your pregnancy. Family is who you are supposed to trust in turbulent times but that is not always the case, particularly in regard to unplanned out-of-wedlock pregnancies. But here we are, post-abortive, in a family that has an unforgiving heart…and God EXPECTS us to forgive them as He forgives us: ‘For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12).
Failure in Forgiveness is what keeps us bound down and tight in our past. Forgiveness is easy and free. We sinned, we repent, we are forgiven. Can’t get much simpler than that BUT YOU HAVE TO ASK TO RECEIVE. Then…you look for your accusers, just as the woman caught in adultery (John 8:4-11) and see that the accusers are the accused leaving one by one, in need of forgiveness themselves, then go and SIN NO MORE.