Blood Sacrifice

“Abortion is the sacrifice I made for myself.” That is the way that some women describe the most difficult decision of their life.

But God does not ask for such sacrifice. He does not ask for the blood of an unborn son or daughter. He asks that we turn our eyes to the cross where the sacrificial blood of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ has covered every fear, doubt, and repentant sin.

January 22 of 2020 marked 47 years of legalized abortion in the United States. The reasons for abortion are most often fear-based. “I fear for my future.” “I fear losing my boyfriend.” “I fear the disappointment of my parents.” “I fear inconvenience.” “I fear the unknown.”

Since 1973, Americans have offered the blood sacrifice of 61,628,584 unborn children. That is 2,362 abortions daily and 98 abortions per hour every hour in the U.S. Our nation cannot sacrifice the lives of sons, daughters, cousins, grandchildren, and neighbors and be better for it. There is no hope in the blood shed by abortion.

But there is hope in the saving blood of Jesus Christ. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us” (Ephesians 1:7). Forgiveness for abortion—and any other sin—is costly. But it is a cost that Jesus was willing to pay. Why? Because nothing else would save us.

King David’s bones were wasting away under the weight of his sin. The blood of another human being was on his hands and for as long as he refused to confess his guilt he suffered. Day and night, God’s hand was heavy upon him. His “strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.” But then David acknowledged his sin. He said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’” and he was forgiven. (Psalm 32:3-5).

“Yes!” says the woman who’s had an abortion “I believe that even a murderer like David can be forgiven. But how can God possibly forgive me, a mother who has killed her own child?”

To believe that abortion is “the unforgiveable sin” is to believe the lie of Satan. It is to sit in the darkness of doubt and despair, held captive by “the thief [who] comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10).

The blood of abortion may stain the hands of a mother, father, or grandparent, but the blood of Jesus makes us white like snow. (Isaiah 1:18) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

God has compassion on “a broken and contrite heart” (Psalm 51:17). God “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3). Jesus sets the sorry heart free! Jesus says, “There is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10).

Linda Bartlett,
Titus 2 for Life

We Are More Than the Choices We’ve Made

All of us — no matter what our wrong choices may be — need to remember:

We are more than those choices.

Our wrong choices, failures and sins do not define us nor do they have to hold us captive.

In Christ — and because of what He has done for us — we are sons and daughters of God.

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The Pain and Defense of Abortion

How do we talk about abortion as a sin without hurting women who have had an abortion or who defend it as a personal or political issue?

In the church, we talk about sin all the time.  That’s because we are sinful people.  We fail to put God first in our lives.  We fail to remember the commands of God and do them.  We fail to put our trust in God’s Word and use it for making decisions of life.  We fail to love our neighbor as ourselves.  All of this is sinning against God.  Not one of us is innocent.  In fact, the whole earth is groaning under the weight of sin.  But, the Creator of our lives did not leave us without hope.  Jesus left heaven to become the only sacrifice needed by a holy God.  Jesus took the punishment for sin that we deserve.  Because of Jesus’ death and victory over evil, we don’t have to remain captive to the deception of abortion.  We don’t have to carry the burden of abortion… or any other sin.

For the sake of women, we must talk about abortion… with discerning care.  Some say, “How could a woman do such a thing!”  This statement is not intended to be cruel, but is heard as a judgment.  Others, hoping to be less judgmental and more politically correct, say, “I would never have an abortion myself, but I believe every woman should have the right to choose.”  This statement may seem compassionate, but to the woman who has had an abortion, it sounds like a comparison: “Abortion is wrong and because I am a good person I wouldn’t do such a terrible thing, but women who are incapable of doing the right thing should have a choice.”  Both of these responses are condemning.  Neither offer hope before or after an abortion.

There is a third response.  It is to speak the truth with the welcoming manner of Christ.  It does not matter if we are speaking to a group or visiting with only two or three others.  We can explain how the piercing blade of abortion ends the life of a pre-born baby even as it wounds that baby’s mother.  The wound may be physical or psychological.  It is always spiritual.  Mary is the mother of two aborted children.  She wrote, “I believed that abortion was the sin too big to be forgiven . . . the reason I am writing you is to thank you.  If, years earlier, I had heard the words of compassion and forgiveness that I heard from you today, I would not have had a second abortion.  I would have been reconciled to God and turned my life around a lot sooner instead of wallowing in the muck of sin and accusation.”

“Marys” are everywhere.  Some are still in denial.  Some are angry, resentful or depressed.  Others are waiting . . . for a word of hope.  To be sure, the Word of Truth presses hard on the source of pain.  But, when confessed, forgiveness is real (Psalm 32:3-5).  In Jesus, the captive is set free (Galatians 5:1). We must not keep silent at the risk of offense.  We must not speak harshly with arms crossed and backs turned.  We must not keep Jesus’ promise of hope to ourselves.

Instead, with carefully chosen words, we can welcome the wounded.  The wounded are those who are convicted by their “choice,” but also those who still defend that “choice.”   We can do this beginning in our own congregations by placing abortion healing brochures in the women’s restroom.  (Don’t be surprised by how quickly they disappear.)  We can lead a post-abortion Bible study.  We can host a Titus 2 Retreat where women in all circumstances and seasons of life contrast the deception of the world with the life-changing Word.  We can help men and women see themselves the way God sees them.  Identity matters.  How we see ourselves and others affects our choices.  We are not bound to sexual identity nor lives lived in fear.  We do not need to see our children as sacrifices we have to make.  Baptized, we are sons and daughters of God in Christ who can “love [even] their [littlest] neighbor as themselves” (Mark 12:31).

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