flesh & bones.

The planned parenthood videos. It’s all been said and yet it can’t be said enough. Their contents are horror and tragedy and grief, babies mutilated and mothers deceived, made to believe this is a new beginning when it is, simply put, the most tragic of endings.

Abortion is many things. It is a tangled web of problems masquerading as a solution. It is a way into darkness though it promises to be a way out, toward the light. It is, as Trevin Wax has said, “the blood sacrifice we make to the goddess of unfettered sexual desire.” It is also, oftentimes, the result of systems leading to their natural ends, of the marginalized feeling as though they have no other choice, that abortion is the most merciful act possible, at least the child won’t have to endure a world of pain and hunger and poor.

For Christians, this is the time for a response, a time to recognize that the world is watching for our next move. Many have spoken to that. I’ve been especially encouraged by and thankful for the surge of voices exhorting us to speak for the unborn and for women, to open our arms to all – to those who would consider abortion, to those who have done it, to the babies looking for arms in which to be held.

A flame burns inside me and it can’t be snuffed out – we must, mustMUST be hands and feet in these evil days, we cannot simply be mouths. We must counter child sacrifice with personal sacrifice, we must fill empty bedrooms and give more than feels safe and open doors we’d prefer remain closed. We must ask questions that would rather stay locked up in our minds, because the answers may lead to conviction, may lead to lives that feel reckless but maybe they are really just love in all its robust glory. If we claim to be lovers of the flesh and bones of tiny beings ripped apart, disregarded, even trafficked, we must put some flesh on the bones of our beliefs and step into the darkness with compassion and relentless devotion.

There are so many ways to do this and those listed below just scratch the surface. My hope for this post is to spur conversation, encourage ideas, foster change, help us all become brighter reflections of the bright hope within us. We need to show the world that we are here, church; that we will love and defend and welcome and help when no one else will. We cannot lead those faced with the dreadful decision of how to “handle” a pregnancy away from abortion if we are unwilling to step in, to be life on life encouragement, support, and aid. I pray we will become passionate about becoming the type of people who are thought of as the ones who will help, the ones who will say yes when the world says no. May we be the early church, rushing to the aid of the oppressed, alone, afraid. May our love for God’s way, truth, standards and people lead us toward the broken and fearful, not away from them.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Let us help one another to think and engage well, to wisely and graciously enter into our culture with hearts and hands that live out our message – I will suffer so you don’t have to, defenseless baby, frightened mother, isolated family. I will suffer because my Jesus suffered for me, because He took my sin and shame and sadness on Himself and He paid for it all. I will suffer because I’ve already been told that in this world I will have trouble, but I can take heart. My Jesus has overcome the world.

May we reach out, unafraid.

Author: Abby Perry

Abby has written for The Gospel Coalition, Christ and Pop Culture, Upwrite Magazine, and The Influence Network. She is the communications coordinator for a nonprofit organization and co-facilitates two community efforts—one promoting bridge-building racial reconciliation conversations and one supporting area foster and adoptive families. Abby graduated from Texas A&M University and currently attends Dallas Theological Seminary. She and her family live in College Station, Texas.

2 thoughts on “flesh & bones.”

  1. I’ve been thinking about and challenged by my pastor’s sermons lately related to this. What are we really doing church? What am I really doing? Why do we think it is okay to prioritize our bucket lists, savings/retirement accounts and kid’s “activities” when God prepared good works in advance for is to do that May alter the course of others lives for His glory. All he asks us to do in response to the unimaginable, all sufficient sacrifice of His son is to walk in the works He prepared for us. Why are we so comfortable with PTA involvement and we just can’t seem to help that single mom next door or the cleaning lady in our homes? Do we even consider their story? What if we started asking questions and being willing to put the back to school clothes shopping on hold so that we can provide something that someone actually needs? Thanks for sharing Abby.

    Lord help us make your gospel real to the world and your children.

Comments are closed.