I am captivated by words because they are the means of expressing ideas too profound to keep inside. These inklings demand a response incessantly refusing to be ignored. They are animated, forcing us to become transparent and risk rejection. I admit that I would rather be invisible than risk denunciation. If it were my choice alone, I would not write this for fear that a stranger might criticize it and judge me. So, sadly, I have often refused to put pen to paper or kept my aspirations to myself under lock and key. Ironically, I am not a writer unless I am willing to be read. I may have a right to privacy, but experience has taught me that it often doesn’t benefit me and rarely blesses others.
One of my favorite quotes is from CS Lewis:
There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.
But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.
I understand our national founding fathers desire to protect physical privacy. However, we have extended physical privacy, equated to safety, allowing it to evolve into hidden debauchery and the justification of the murder of innocents. After all, the same men who defended the freedom to their dying breath believed they were human and men of different shades were merely property. With respect to them, they opened a Pandora’s box that humanity may barely survive.
Building on their conceit, the Supreme Court of 1973 decided that because of this inherent right to privacy, if a woman wished to deny conception had occurred and to accept personal responsibility as a parent, she could simply abort, no questions asked. Ironically, while refusing to address the humanity of the person conceived, they admitted that the mere concept of viability (the ability to survive premature birth and survive outside the womb) was problematic and allowed minimal restraints on abortion. However, we have actually thrown even those cautions to the proverbial wind allowing every type of abortion up to but not including, at least today, partial birth abortion. If the abortionist can successfully kill a baby in the womb, chemically or violently, we support the woman’s right to do this without legal interference. (Learn about Induction Abortion.) This “right to privacy” has so far cost over 59 million American lives.
Returning to Lewis’ quotation, I believe that when the womb is denied, a part of a woman’s heart dies. Statistically, if a woman sees an ultrasound, she will dramatically and completely choose life for the child she cannot deny because of invisibility and convenience. However, because of privacy, the law refuses to forcefully show her what she needs to know because her heart does know, yet, she is in denial. Thankfully, some pregnancy centers will offer ultrasounds to women who are willing to look; and when we look, we see a baby. Ironically, it is now even claimed by some that to intercede outside a clinic is a form of torture. Grotesquely, what happens inside is considered by some to be a merely a private medical procedure.
However, suicide statistics prove that the woman’s conscience painfully awakens after the deed is done. “Although pregnancy weakens suicidal impulses, there is strong evidence that abortion dramatically increases the risk of suicide.” Abortion Facts
If the justification for abortion is to protect the woman’s life, aren’t we compelled to warn her that she will probably regret her decision and may wish to take her own life? I believe that we can actually love both the woman and her child by telling the truth. “…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:34 TLB)
I believe that the truest form of torture begins with privacy that has not been taught God’s laws (Ten Commandments), the Grace of God (Salvation), and the benefits of living life with transparency and purity. In fact, when you think about it, privacy is a form of hiding. And that is exactly what Adam and Eve did when they realized that they were sinners. Thankfully, God found them, made a sacrifice and clothed them, and continued to fellowship with them outside the garden until the time was fulfilled when He came to earth as the New Adam, living without sin, and then paying our penalty on the cross. (John 3:16)
Many people forget to go to the next verse, claiming that telling the truth is judgmental and condemnatory. But God’s motive for telling the truth is aptly expressed: “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.” (John 3:17) The mercy of Father God, Abba (Daddy) leads us to repentance and teaches us how to accept and to love our children.
We must surrender our right to privacy and begin to practice accountability. This may prevent an unplanned pregnancy if we exercise self-control. If you become pregnant, you know in your heart and soul that there is a baby in your womb. Please don’t think that by eliminating the evidence, you can abort this truth. You will live with this reality for the rest of your life if you can. Or, like Lewis says, you will harden your heart until nobody can reach you; not even God.
Thankfully, if you have already fallen prey to the lie that abortion will save you, God even forgives abortion and will accept and heal your heart if you agree with Him that it was taking another person’s life and, despite the legality, you had no right. He loves you and wants to cover you the same as He covered Adam and Eve. Better yet, we can still fellowship with him because of Jesus. (Hope After Abortion)
Ironically, I was upset the other day because a woman forced a restaurant to stop serving bacon because it offended her Muslim sensitivities. I wanted to start an ad campaign to Save the Bacon. Sadly, there is no time for that, although I may eventually miss bacon with my eggs. But, chicken eggs are meant to be eaten; human eggs (embryos) are meant to be loved. Humanity needs them so that we can continue to be humane.
Love became a disease when we said that it was acceptable to murder and remove a child from the womb because of dis-ease (embarrassment, inconvenience, cost, selfishness, responsibility): the interruption of ease. Someday, we will mourn the loss of our children and siblings because Personhood and the facts of life will win. In the meantime, Choose Life will be our plea because love is in our hearts.
I love words. Here are some good ones to remember:
Pro-life is pro-love.
(Pro-life is Pro-love is the slogan of JMJ Pregnancy Center in Orlando. If you are facing a crisis pregnancy in Central Florida, this ministry will help you. If you are want to make a difference by volunteering or giving, please give them a call @ 407-839-0620.)