Choice. We make hundreds, thousands of choices everyday: eggs or cereal for breakfast? Red shirt or blue shirt? Slow down, speed up, turn left, turn right, etc. Fortunately, few, if any, of these choices are matters of life and death. Most hold little to no consequence, either good or bad. But there is a choice that bears eternal significance. It is a choice between life and death. It is a choice between obedience and disobedience. It is a choice between self and selflessness. And it is a choice that yields perpetual consequences or enduring blessings.
I'm not talking about abortion. I'm talking about the choice between accepting the payment for our sin and walking in relationship with God through Christ OR rejecting the sacrificial love of a Holy God. The soul of every human is at stake -- yet God in His desire for real relationship has given us the freedom of choice; to choose Him or not. How crazy is that? And everyday someone chooses to reject their very Creator. Given this knowledge, is there any atrocity that is beyond the scope of human capacity? Abortion is just another disturbing example of our God-given ability to choose.
So, how does God respond to this freedom of choice? He loves us. Pursues us. Died for us while we were still sinners. Forgives us. hmmmm.
So, what should be our response to the freedom of choice regarding abortion? Vote against it? Okay. Is that enough? Is that where our obligation ends? What if voting alone doesn't effect change? Might more be required of us than just a check box on a ballot? I think so. It might become necessary (and perhaps much more effective) to forge real relationships with women who are considering choosing or have already made a choice that seems horribly wrong to us.
We might have to love them. Pursue them. Forgive them. Sound familiar? We might have to be Jesus to them. We might have to realize that changing, amending, or overturning laws in and of itself is not a complete solution because aborting children is just a symptom of the problem.
And are you ready? Because we might have to do even more than that.