Saturday, August 30, 2014

Abort and Start Over???

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. - I John 4:9-11 NLT

Really?  Abort and Start Over???

I don’t know if you recently saw the tweet campaign to Richard Dawkins (the infamous atheist) after he tweeted some outrageous tweets:
After Dawkins tweeted, “it is immoral NOT to abort babies with down syndrome” he went on to make even more outrageous statements.

Abort and try again????

We’re not talking about a rocket launch here!  First of all, Mr. Dawkins, the baby in question is not an “it”.  We’re talking about a person; with a spirit, a mind, dreams, and desires.  In America, at least in principal, we espouse that each person is  given by God, the unalienable right to live.

What needs to be “aborted” is the world view of perfection. By surmounting evidence, I’m afraid we’re becoming a society devoid of compassion and intolerant of imperfection.  What kind of “Brave New World” are we trying to create?  How far will we go to gain perfection?  Where will it stop? 
Julia Millington, of the Alive and Kicking Campaign, said: "It is all about our perceptions of perfection. Increasingly things are moving along the lines where nothing is good enough. it seems we can no longer tolerate any imperfection. Babies are at the mercy of ultrasound scans and what they may disclose."
What is the solution to this self-serving, short-sighted, and faulty thinking?  The answer has been given to us by God Himself.

No one is perfect.  The Bible tells us, we are all made in God's image.  It also tells us we are all made “broken”, have imperfect DNA, and an inherited sin nature. We have ALL fallen short of God’s original glory- and yet He loves us.  His response to our sin and brokenness was to have compassion and mercy on us.  Instead of aborting us, He saved us.  His love reaches down into our frailties and imperfections.  He offers redemption and restoration.  His love compels us to love others as He, Himself loves.  That is why we shouldn’t abort anyone, and start over. 

PRAY:  Dear Heavenly Father, Make our hearts like yours- full of compassion.  Give us your eyes to see we are all made in your image. Help us resolve to love no matter what it may cost us. Help us treasure each other as you treasure us. Amen.

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