I should know better. I have a self appointed rule, where I don’t have coffee after 4pm in the afternoon. I broke that rule and had one around 8pm last night, and have been tossing and turning in bed ever since I got home from a church function. After losing the fight to get to sleep, I decided to get up and do some reflections.
There have been a couple of things that have been bubbling away in my heart the last few months. Things that started from a small inkling of an idea, to something that hasn’t quite been formulated and worked through but are bubbling away inside.
One of the things that has been bouncing around is the way that we can get caught up in the pressure of conformity and believe the rhetoric of the network where we have found some solace. There is a pressure to adhere and conform to its worldview. One example is within the arena of domestic abuse. I know of a few ladies who have been badly abused in the past. Horrible abuse. Terrible abuse. At least one become homeless because of her experience. They get taken in and cared for by a group, They are listened to. They are cared for. They are told indeed they are victims. (Which, often they are, and this needs to be validated.) But, then they are fed the lie that their is an epidemic of abuse, and its a one way streak. Those involved in helping in this arena, likewise believe the rhetoric, because they live and breathe day in and day out, people who have experienced abuse. Their experiential worldview becomes their normality of what is happening within society.
Another issue that has been bubbling away is how Christians or perhaps so called Christians can be taken in by a political belief system in the name of love and tolerance. For what ever reason, they talk about love, talk about tolerance, talk about oppression… and yet, somehow believe that killing a life is somehow holy. Something that we should not speak against.
I get it how a non Christian can think abortion is ok, I get it how someone who has no concept of sin, can believe abortion is ok. But, I cannot see how anyone who has tasted the goodness of God, can believe the lie that is promulgated that we don’t speak against abortion as true love will allow a woman to do with her body as she wishes. The problem is, a life that is now growing in the womb, is not the mothers body. Its a life, a life made in the image of God. A life carried in the womb of another person who is likewise made in the image of God.
How can anyone think that killing an unborn child, is an act of love. An act that is so high, so sacred, that society has no right to speak out against it. How can christians believe the lie of the devil, that that life isn’t scared?
Other thoughts have been bubbling within. Over the years I have had a lot to do with people who suffer mental illness in various forms. very rarely have I met a woman who has had an abortion who doesn’t have a mental health issue. Years ago, I was ministering at a healing service, and a lady came forward to be prayed for with breast cancer. We prayed with her, and it came to pass that she had had an abortion when she was 17. Fast forward to her mid 40s and she admitted, she had never forgiven herself for it. The inner had been eating away at her. She mentioned how she too had believed the lie that as a woman, she had the right to do with her body as she pleased. She tried to reason with herself that it wasn’t really a life, that it was the right thing to do at the time. – But in her own words, she admitted, she had to come face to face with the reality of her sin. That killing an unborn child was in fact a very selfish act. Through confession, and absolution (Christianity is about forgiveness of sin… to be forgiven, you do have to confess it first.) she found peace, and release for the first time in the 26 years since she had it.
Christians cannot call something holy when it isn’t. We cannot call any act godly, when its not. When we do, confusion sets in. A form of spiritual nuttiness takes root. But, its only when we align our thoughts, and our actions along side that of the Lord’s ways, we can truly experience the peace of God, the joy of God, the belonging to God, that is promised to us.
Anyways, these are some of my thoughts that have been bubbling away within for a bit of time now…