In a World Magazine blog from last Friday, Marcia Segelstein comments about Episcopal church Reverend Katherine Ragsdale’s remarks on abortion from a speech a few years back. Ragsdale said:
When a woman wants a child but can’t afford one, because she hasn’t the education necessary for a sustainable job, or access to health care, or day care, or adequate food, it is the abysmal priorities of our nation, the lack of social supports, the absence of justice that are the tragedies; the abortion is a blessing.
And when a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe affordable abortion, there is not a tragedy in sight; only blessing.
The ability to enjoy God’s good gift of sexuality without compromising one’s education, life’s work, or ability to put to use God’s gifts and call is simply blessing. These are the two things I want you, please, to remember – abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done.
According to Ragsdale, Jesus’ poor, helpless, husband-less, jobless, teenage mother should have had an abortion.
I can understand a non-Christian saying, “I don’t give a rip what God thinks.” Well and good for you, my friend. But this is coming from a self-proclaimed “Christian”! In order for us to know what God thinks, we need to actually read the Bible. Here’s a sampling:
- For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb (Ps. 139:13).
- The king of Egypt said…”When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live (Ex. 1:15, 16-17).
- “For he [i.e. John the Baptizer] will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb” (Lk. 1:15).
- And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb…she exclaimed with a loud cry…”For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy” (Lk. 1:41, 42, 44).
So what do you think? Is abortion a blessing? (Non-Christians feel free to weigh in, too. Everyone, please be gentle.)
From his Commentary on the Last Four Books of Moses:
For the fetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being, and it is almost a monstrous crime to rob it of the life which it has not yet begun to enjoy. If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.
Speaking of Calvin, I’m going to post a bit on his life sometime next week (hopefully). Most people know a lot about what Calvin taught, but few actually know about his life. I’m one of those people so I’m excited to learn a bit more with you. A lot of people mistakenly have called Calvin a cold, mean-spirited man who hated non-Christians. The exact opposite is actually true. He intensely loved the world and wanted everyone to know about the saving grace Jesus offers. Hopefully the coming post will dispel some of those false stories.
The answer is surprising.