|Dear Teen, Don't Let This Be You|
In reference to the news release entitled, Massive Number of Teens in UK Having Multiple Abortions I have to wonder out loud whether we should be surprised. When I was stationed in Germany at Kitzingin, I worked at the base clinic. We were told up front that 94% of the girls between the ages of 14 and 24 years of age had some form of an STD. During this time the first Gulf War was in action and most of the troops were in the desert of Iraq. The families left behind made up most of the patients. But what I found to be astounding was the number of repeat visitors week after week who came in to get a shot of Penicillin. I would tell these young men that they needed to abstain from their sexually immoral lifestyle; it was going to get them into a lot of trouble. Their response in most cases was a cavalier lack of worry because all they needed to do was get another shot!! These men, soldiers, were buying wholesale into the lie and quick fix that their sin was not going to be easily discovered and neither was it life threatening. I am always amazed at how easy it is to soften the sting of sin. Accountability to God and man no longer seems to matter.
|You do have a choice - Faith in Christ. He Loves You!|
I was recently perusing a book entitled Intimate Enemies: Moral Panics in Contemporary Great Britain, by Philip Jenkins. In the first chapter as he defines the role of a “Social Constructionist” as it relates to problems in society and social morality he states, “In contrast, a constructionist would argue that social problems are rarely as novel as they sometimes appear (best 1989, 1990). Behaviors like the use of violence against children or the elderly are endemic in society, until they come to be perceived and defined as new problems with a name such as “child abuse” or “elder abuse.” Although the author is moving in the direction of defining the scope for how to deal with Social and Moral Panic, I saw in the quote his perception that problems are no longer endemic once they become categorized. That is the practice that the world loves to do. If we take bite out of an apple we lesson its weight. Manda Spring wrote in a post entitled, Politically Correct Vs. Morally Correct “Everywhere you turn these days being politically correct is an action that most people are tremendously proud of. Unfortunately, when we dwell on being politically correct instead of morally correct we are inadvertently trashing our own ethics.” She goes on to make a few comparisons:
· The “Ten Commandments” are now the “Ten Suggestions.”
· Pride: This is now referred to as “self-esteem”
· Lust: Now referred to as an “uncontrollable instinct”
· Adultery: These indiscretions are commonly referred to as a "cry for help in order to save marriages"
· The murder of children: This has been made a "choice" and we call it “abortion”
In another article entitled How to Make Abortion Palatable, Joel Borofsky writes, “In the debate over abortion, sadly the one consistent fact that appears is the pro-abortion side is rarely honest. Whether this is by ignorance or by design, the fact is women who seek counseling on abortion from abortion clinics often do not receive the truth. Consider the show MTV aired called “No Easy Decision,” where the woman being counseled is told that the baby is just “pregnancy tissue.” She is told the human life within her is just a “clump of cells.”
So when I read that in the UK and among teens that, “…many of them have aborted on multiple occasions, and for three girls, up to eight times.” and that, “The study showed that 38,269 British teens obtained an abortion in 2010, and over 5,300 of those youth were returning for their second abortion. Staggeringly, 485 girls under 19 have had three abortions, and 57 of them have aborted on four occasions” I am not surprised!! Similar figures can be found anywhere in the world where sin is allowed by family or society to be renamed or brushed off in order to soften its impact. Sinful behavior is the most destructive force on the face of the earth. All that it takes to get the momentum going is for parents and society to teach and model that there is no higher law or God that one need be accountable too—that our proclivity to sin is really not sin at all but an inner longing for the expression of self that desires to be free from the restraint of responsibility and accountability. So as it goes, if being free from accountability makes you happy than by all means, be free, after all there is no one to be accountable to but yourself. What they do not teach is that the pseudo freedom of the world is really bondage to the forces of destruction—bondage to the pain that the moment after or the next day brings—bondage to habits that serve to wreck lives and tear families asunder, destroying the very fabric of society that Christianity and faith in God affords them.
There is hope. You do not have to listen to the lies anymore. It is your choice. Jesus said of true freedom, “…If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free,” John 8:31-32. And in John 18:37b He states, “…For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world— to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” The truth that alone sets mankind free—the truth that flowed freely from the lips and life of Christ, is a truth that unbinds all who will listen from the bondage of self, selfish desire and lust. It is sin that destroys us and it is the truth of Jesus Christ that truly frees one from the heavy burdens of life. The regenerating Power of the Holy Spirit comes in alongside of it to give us new energy and passions to walk in that truth and become pleasing to God.
My prayer goes out to these young ladies in Britain and all around the world that they would for once listen to their conscious and seek Godly counseling concerning their lives, their future options and the life of the child within them. If they have already committed the sin, then may they fall upon their face in genuine repentance and receive of the Grace of Life that Christ has provided and through forgiveness seek His face in humble thanksgiving.