There is something particularly heart-wrenching about being 39 weeks pregnant and stumbling across the Buzzfeed post entitled The Hashtag #shoutyourabortion.
I had just finished putting the final touches on our son’s nursery when I stumbled across the article. My husband and I have been praying for this baby for two years. We have dreamed, planned, and longed for the day where we would sit in our nursery brimming with the excitement that he could come at any moment. We couldn’t be more excited about the precious life that is growing in my belly.
So you can imagine my heartache when I looked at Facebook right before bed and saw the article. An article celebrating throwing away the life inside you, the little life that I had so desperately prayed for.
It broke my heart.
In a culture that is attempting to revolutionize and normalize a sin issue, it is important that we remember 3 things that the hashtag #shoutyourabortion will not change.
1. Killing Babies Does Not Liberate Women
I do not know where along the line we got the idea that killing babies will liberate women. Killing babies does not make women more capable, more respected, or more successful.
The pro-life movement is not a war on women. We do not think that women are of lesser value than men. Quite the opposite, in fact, we celebrate women as being equal and valuable in the sight of God. We want women to know that there are options available to them. We want them to know that having a baby will not ruin their life or make them less successful. But most importantly, we want them to know about true liberation.
True liberation does not come through killing your child, it comes through knowing Christ. Scripture tells us that we are all slaves to our sin and destined to spend eternity in hell. But Christ gave up His own life so that we could be freed from the power of sin and death and spend eternity with Him. This is true liberation – giving up your life for the good of another.
2. Your Life is Not More Valuable Than Someone Else’s
I was particularly heartbroken when I read the tweet from the blog post, “My life is more valuable than a potential life. #shoutyourabortion”
This directly contradicts everything said in the Bible. The Bible tells us that every person is created in God’s image. That means that from the moment of conception each life is equal and precious in the sight of God. Man or woman, twenty years old or twenty days old past conception, all life is valuable to the Lord.
Furthermore, God’s Word tells us that children are a blessing. Whether or not they were planned, each life is a gift from the Lord specifically created in His image.
To be a mom, you have to die to self. From the moment that baby is conceived, you have to share your body with another life. And once that baby is born, you have to continue to choose the good of the child over the good of yourself. It is not easy, but we make that choice because our lives are not more valuable than our children’s lives.
3. God WILL Be Victorious Over Sin and Death
As a believer, it is easy to get bogged down with the horror of sin in our world. But we must remember that this is not the end of the story.
What Satan does not want us to remember is that at the end of the story God has victory over sin and death.
Revelation 21 tells us the end of this story. The Apostle John writes,
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain;the first things have passed away.”
This chapter goes on to say that the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers and immoral persons will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. There are serious consequences for rejecting the Word of God.
But there is hope! We can experience true liberation! We can repent of our sins and follow after Christ. Even if we have already had a #shoutyourabortion moment we can be redeemed and reconciled to God. Christ sacrificed His body for us. He came to die and bear our punishment so that we could be forgiven.
Abortion is about ending a life, but Christianity is about giving up your life for the good of another, as Christ has done for us.