Saturday, July 16, 2005

You go, Ashli!

Ashli at The S.I.C.L.E. Cell does a good job tearing into a compassionless prolifer who can't understand how a woman like Angele, the woman who tried to save her son after he was born alive during an abortion, could be duped into thinking abortion is necessary.

If I could get one thing through to the "I'd never have an abortion!" crowd, it's that until you've been one of those women who "needs" an abortion, you don't grasp that there but for the grace of God goes any of us. Knowing better can't keep you off the abortion table. Only God's grace can do that. And those who've been blessed, as I have been, with supportive people who helped them out of their own dire situations ought not to judge those who were treated like selfish, blind, irrational dolts for not wanting to go through with a "necessary" abortion.

Every one of us has sinned. All have fallen short. Abortion is just a particularly spectacular way of falling short. But excuse me, there are Ten Commandments, and they're not suggestions. All ten of them are Commandments. God doesn't see things the way we do. He put disrespecting your parents and coveting other people's stuff on the same list as "Don't kill people." We need to take it as a given that He doesn't just shrug it off when we break Commandments that don't have dire consequences immediately discernible to the human eye.

And Jesus didn't come to wipe away the Ten Commandments. He came to embody them and to live them perfectly so that when we break them, as we all do, the guilt shifts to Him and we are absolved. That applies to all sin, not just the sins we personally don't consider too big a deal.

Angele has repented. As far as Jesus is concerned, she has exactly zero guilt for her abortion. But all the righteous folk stand around with stones in hand. Angele's gone beyond mere "sin no more" and is trying to warn other moms about how they, too, could be duped into abortion by the lies people feed to them.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but Satan's been around for a long time. He is expert at temptation, at leading people into sin. And he managed to disguise himself as an angel of light in Angele's eyes at the lowest moment in her life. The fact that the scales fell from her eyes so quickly speaks well for her. It would have been ever so much easier to go back into the comforting lies. But Angele didn't. She owned up to what she'd done and is trying to atone. What more can anybody expect of her?

Jesus has closed the book on this sin in her life. Would that His purported followers would do likewise!

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