When we consider how we should treat other people, our first point of reference should be Scripture. Forget asking “What would Jesus do?” Rather ask, “What does God command of us?”
We know that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. His requirements never change. But where in Scripture should we be looking? Exodus 20, looking at the ten commandments? Leviticus looking at the details of the Law? I would rather we looked at Luke, Chapter 10 verses 25 to 37. I can imagine some folks saying, “That man is a mass murderer. Are you suggesting that I go to him and try to make things better for him? Why are you suggesting that the parable of the good Samaritan is the appropriate section of Scripture in this circumstance?”
Not only do I believe that we have an ever-loving God, but I believe that God created everything that is, both seen and unseen. I also happen to believe that there will be virtually no-one around to meet a need if that need is not in existence. It is clear that there was a perceived need for women to obtain abortions in Philadelphia and that those women were desperate to have that perceived need met. Just as the man going from Jerusalem to Jericho had a need after an interaction with the robbers, so some of these young women have a need after one or more interactions with men who have left them pregnant. These women need loving, in the agape sense of the word, properly, and holistically, and not sexual exploitation. What are we doing to help them?
I know that in many instances, christian organisations have had to withdraw from offering adoption services because they and their trustees felt that they could not comply with the requirements of the state with respect to placing children with same sex couples or unmarried cohabiting couples, but that does not preclude them from helping pregnant women who are in dire straights. We have to be careful that we do not create institutions like the Roman Catholic Church did in Ireland which became the byword for cruelty, but we need to do something. James tells us that faith without deeds is dead. What deeds are we performing to show that our faith is not dead? We cannot just say to one of these desperate women, and sometimes they are not much more than children, “Do not have an abortion!” We need to be saying something more like “There are other routes open to you. If you would prefer to have your child and then give him or her up for adoption by a couple who will love that child, we can help you get through the next nine, eight, or however many months it is.”
It may be that the person concerned is both young and lacking in skills necessary for life and perhaps the churches could get back to their roots in education, instead of playing at running schools in which there is minimal Christian content, help people learn how to cope with life.
If churches and their members did help women who would otherwise go to Keremit Gosnell’s fellow abortionists, perhaps we would see a reduction in the number of abortion clinics as well as a reduction in the number of human lives brought to an untimely end when they are in an environment where they are supposed to be nurtured and protected. Then perhaps, this poem would be nothing but a reminder of a disgusting period of human history. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJgUHsRZLak