A Love for Today
Today, Ireland voted to legalize abortion. At first, when reading the news, I got angry. I wanted to tweet some nasty things because I'm only human. Before I hit Send though, I knew I needed to pray and think it through first. See, it really makes me mad, like fighting-mad as people around here would call it, when someone says they're okay with aborting babies. I have a 2-year-old and if anyone had asked me to do that while I was pregnant or if anyone even tried to hurt him now, I would have some not-so-nice things to say to them and probably a punch to the nose. Why? Because he's MY son. He's MY baby boy. And when he was still in my womb, I already loved him. I cried the first time I heard his heartbeat. Why? Because I already loved him. He was already a person. How can other women not understand this? Oh, it makes me so angry! How is this what women want? How is this really okay? Abortion is murder. You can try to spin it however you want, but it's still murder. (Do these women who support abortion actually know how the process works? It is absolutely horrifying if you don't know how they do it. Look it up.)
Anyway, I saw some reactions from women worldwide, talking about how it's about time Ireland joined the 21st century and even that made me mad. How does it being the 21st century somehow make it okay to be less moral? And then the Lord spoke to me. He reminded me that in the Bible, it says that in the last days, good will be called evil and evil will be called good (Isaiah 5:20 and 2 Timothy 3:3). Thinking it's okay to kill innocent babies is demonic. There is a spiritual war going on around us all the time and even if we choose to think it doesn't exist, it doesn't change the fact that it does indeed exist. The enemy is trying his best to make sure the human race is destroyed. Abortion being legal and even called "good" is most definitely a tactic he uses. That's why I say it's demonic. Here's the point...
My first instinct was to tweet about this and say ugly things. But what good would that do? All Twitter is anymore is a platform for people to "yell" at each other anyway. Why add to the hate? Part of the reason why these women feel that abortion is okay is because they don't know Jesus. How can I judge them or criticize them for not living the way God wants them to whenever they don't even know God? That doesn't make any sense. Also, how many times have you ever helped someone learn about Jesus by winning an argument? I would guess zero. Same here. We can argue with them, tell them they're wrong, or protest against them. But what is that showing them? If we are to show them Jesus, what would he do? More importantly, what DID he do?
Love them. Pray for them (and not sissy prayers and not a token "I'll pray for you" line that you feed everyone and then never actually do it). What was it Jesus said on the cross? "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). He was talking about these people too. So, I've made up my mind. When I feel myself getting angry and tempted to say things that will only upset others and make them feel judged, I will pray instead. I will love others as Jesus has commanded me. And not just the ones I feel like loving. I will pray that God will change the hearts of the people I know and care about who believe evil things are good.
Even if you don't want to believe it, we are living in the last days. Spreading the Kingdom of God should be our number one focus. We need a sense of urgency about us! After all, in the span of eternity, what difference is a selfie going to matter? Is it going to matter that every one of the 1,500 friends you have on Facebook knows that you live in an awesome house and have a lot of money? When you're in heaven and you're looking around, who's going to be there with you? Start praying for the ones you aren't sure about right now. I mean it, right this second!
If you have love enough to pray for someone, that kind of love can change the world.