Abortion is a Guilt and Shame Trap

Abortion is a Guilt and Shame Trap

Bible Reading: 139:13-18

Memory verse: Psalm 139:16, “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

J anuary 22 1973, abortion was legalized in the U.S. Since then, over 57 million babies have been aborted in America alone. Worldwide, there has been about 250 million. Below is a quote from Charisma Magazine, “According to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, ‘Almost three-quarters of women obtaining abortions in 2008 reported a religious affiliation. The largest proportion was Protestant (37 percent), and most of the rest said that they were Catholic (28 percent) or that they had no religious affiliation (27 percent). One in five abortion patients identified themselves as born-again, evangelical, charismatic, or fundamentalist; 75 percent of these were Protestant.’ ”

The question is why? It is simply because of guilt and shame along with the fear of being rejected by the church for your sin of fornication. I believe it is time for the church to stop being silent and condemning the fallen. Unless the body of Christ learns to love its own that have sinned, and restore them back, this will continue under cover in the church. The truth is that abortion is not a solution because the guilt and self-condemnation experienced is not worth it. It leaves you with a weight only Jesus can take off your back. I recently counseled a sister who procured one. She told me that people give you the impression that there are no side effects after an abortion. That is a big lie. At the time we spoke, she was dealing with the crushing guilt, and I encouraged her to receive the forgiveness Jesus provided on the cross for her.

It is one thing to believe that Jesus forgave you, but another thing to forgive yourself. This is what you will deal with if you have an abortion. I am writing this so that we all as children of God can start talking to young people, especially in the church, about this, encouraging them to choose life no matter what they have done. Also, let us learn to support single mothers and not judge them. Be the one to minister healing, restoration, and a helping hand. If you are without sin, then you qualify to cast the first stone.

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