Sanctity of Life Month post #3. This is not as much of a personal story as the last two have been but more of a devotional I wrote following a speaking engagement in a community college human sexuality class. A comment a gal made as she left the room stuck with me, and led to the following paragraphs.
(This is my baby at 12-weeks in utero. He’s now a happy, healthy 11-year-old who eats more than I do. I loved him then. I love him now. And there is still a little hole in my heart for the one we lost before we had a chance to get a picture like this.)
“The part about abortion was disturbing.” The words escaped the mouth of a pretty blonde twenty-something as she walked out the door of the classroom.
I am repeatedly saddened by students’ lack of knowledge when I talk about pregnancy and abortion as a guest speaker at a local community college. They know abortion is legal in the United States. Many believe it’s a woman’s right. But most are astonished when they hear exactly what takes place during an abortion.
I don’t preach from the Bible. I don’t insult abortionists or women who have terminated their pregnancies. I don’t even tell the class whether or not I am pro-life. I simply list various types of legal abortions and show diagrams and photos of what happens during the procedures. When the information has settled into their psyches, many are disturbed and some are deeply affected. Because they no longer live in ignorance they are forced to rethink what they believe.
God calls us out of ignorance and into obedience. And to be obedient, we must be informed. So I will continue to present students with the details of abortion. And it will serve as a reminder to me that just as my words are calling these students out of ignorance in regard to this human dilemma, God’s words call me out of the areas of ignorance in my life. Instead of walking around blindly in my beliefs, I must continue studying scripture so that I might have an alert mind and a clear understanding of why I believe what I believe.
“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.” 1 Peter 1: 13-15
– Kim Harms