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Both…Life and Choice

I am PRO-LIFE for ages 0 until death, whether that be at 1 month…2 months…6 months…9 months in utero, or 2 years old, 6 years old, 10 years old, 46 years old, 100 years, 115, 122 or beyond as long as one is alive and with breath.

I am PRO-CHOICE too.

YES…it is possible to be BOTH.

Life for every and all ages.

I want all of God’s life to thrive and live a life honoring to Him.

“You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13

God commanded us, me, not to murder. I understand that. I am against abortions. I am also for an individual’s, a woman’s right to choose. God gave us free will although we were/are not so good about following His every command.

Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.  Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel?  For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live! Ezekiel 18:30-32

The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” Genesis 6:5-7

I am not one to weigh in on controversial issues usually. If the Lord wills, I may be more vocal in this space. Not only is the country that I was born and raised in on the verge of…in the midst of…tremendous change in ways I could not have fathomed only months ago, but hatred and fear are running wild everywhere including through the very population I once called ‘community.’ I feel led to stand to say things that are truly difficult for me to say out loud. I may lose followers; I may lose more friends and community than have already departed. I have been writing this particular post for weeks. It was near edit-completion when June 24, 2022/Supreme Court ruling hit the news cycle!

I pray that I will say and write words that are glorifying to my Lord, my God.

LIFE may start at conception…at fertilization…at six weeks…at 15 weeks…at 20 weeks of a pregnancy…at birth.

LIFE is not only about birth. It does not end once a child is born.

LIFE on this planet is at first breath of earthly air. LIFE is being breathed in and out from just outside the womb, at one year old, at two, at ten, at seventeen, at twenty-three, at thirty-eight, at fifty-one, at seventy-six, at ninety-seven, at one hundred, at one hundred four and beyond if God so wills. No matter the stage of LIFE we are in, God provides breath until He does not. That is LIFE.

God is LIFE and we are living as long as He has planned for us.

So…YES…I am PRO-LIFE.

I am PRO-LIFE for ALL of LIFE!

I am PRO-CHOICE, too, for we each are given choices throughout life…to choose our way or God’s way. God gave humans a will. I am against murder but I am NOT against choice. It is up to each person to follow the will of God. Sometimes we do not. We, more often than not, reap what we sow. We are allowed to make choices.

I recall when ‘abortion’ was a heavy topic of thought and conversation, or argument and agreement, in the 1960s and 1970s, before Roe versus Wade was yet in the courts. Back than, one was able to be both Pro-Choice and Pro-Life. It was perfectly okay to not be on one side or the other. I was both then and continue to be to this very day.

No, I have never had an abortion nor even been pregnant. I had choices along the way for decisions I needed and chose to make. There were also decisions made for me by others where my choice was not an option. Some I am okay with today and some I was not okay with at the time of their making by another or by the natural way of things. I can see that I have been in God’s hands, no matter.

Let me ask you:

Where were you when I, a somewhat immune-compromised senior citizen, needed you to wear a mask during the early days as well as at the heights of COVID-19 outbreaks?

Where were you when a vaccine, a set of vaccines, booster vaccines were made available and were free? Did you get them? I hope so.

My life, the lives of the many immune-compromised with cancer, with diseases that cannot fight off other diseases, those awaiting an organ transplant, the lives of senior adults, all deserve(d) a chance to live. Don’t they?

I can hear you are saying to me: “Linda, if you believe in choices, then I, too, have a choice to wear a mask for COVID or a choice to get or not get a vaccine.” Yes, you do.

If you are pro-life, then why is that decision about masks or vaccines a problem for you? Whose life are you for or against? I understand that there may be health reasons why you did not wear a mask or take the vaccine. I know. But for many, that choice was a blatant choice against the United States government more than it was about caring for and about those living.

Most of you reading this blog are professing Christians who abide by the Word of God. Why, then, has it been so hard for so many to have ignored the second commandment that Jesus gave each and all of us?

Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

“…NO OTHER COMMANDMENT GREATER THAN THESE.”

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 1 John 5:2

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;

for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,

but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:22-25

Father God, I pray for your wisdom as I walk the steps which feel so hard…difficult for me. I believe they are steps You have given me. Protect the women who are in danger today…who are facing trauma today. I curl into Your strong arms and weep my tears into Your bottle. I hesitate to even publish this post for I have spent most of my 74 years on this earth trying to please others, to keep the peace, yet, I am so filled with words, thoughts, and emotion which I pray You have given me permission to write here. May I be pleasing unto You, Abba Father, and only You. I pray in the beautiful and powerful Name of Your Son. Amen.

10 thoughts on “Both…Life and Choice

  1. Dear Linda, I admire your boldness to step out in faith and share your thoughts about a very challenging subject. I agree with so much of what you have shared. My husband and I are in our 70s and my 93-year-old mother lived with us until she died a few months ago. So, especially through the early months of COVID we tried to be very careful and wise, in part not to expose my mom. But even when we felt comfortable going without a mask, we gladly wore them if we were with people who preferred wearing them. It seemed like a very small sacrifice to give others peace of mind. We have also been vaccinated and received our first booster.

    I do differ with you on the subject of abortion but I would never stand in the street yelling at people or be harsh with someone considering one or who may have had one in the past. In fact, I have counseled women in all those situations. I could never be pro-choice for a number of reasons but I can still love people wherever they are.

    I could never be pro-choice, in part, because I have seen the consequences and the pain so many post-abortion women face and I will do all I can to speak the truth in love to those considering the procedure in the hope that they won’t have to go through it. And when I counsel someone who has had an abortion, I share the gospel and help her come to understand the love, mercy, and forgiveness of our Savior.

    But I am compelled to speak the truth about abortion because I believe that it is murder (Ps. 139.13-16). And while God does allow people to make choices, that doesn’t mean that civil societies don’t make laws against evils like murder. In fact, He ordains governments in part to restrain evil.

    I love and appreciate you as a sister in Christ and pray that God uses you mightily. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts.

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  2. I’m so happy you wrote about your feelings on this subject. As Jesus-Followers we must not be afraid to speak up…but I am most impressed by how you spoke up and how you point out we can absolutely be both pro-life and pro-choice.

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  3. Oh, Linda. I hear your heart, your courage, your love, all so beautifully and carefully written in these words you share with us. I agree with you that this is a very complicated issue and we needn’t gloss over it as if it’s only black and white. We each make our choices guided by the Spirit within us. And to be truly pro-life does mean being pro-ALL-life. There are many situations in life that are BOTH/AND instead of EITHER/OR. You clarify this so well. And sum it up perfectly with the great commandment of loving God and loving others. If we could focus more on Love, perhaps some of the tension in this nation would fade away. Blessings to you, my brave friend!

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  4. Thank you, Linda, for this very well written message. It shows prayer, thought, and emotion and I appreciate you. God bless and keep you.

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  5. Father, I ask You to now hide Linda in Yourself, the Prince of Peace, as she has chosen not to hide but to uncover her lamp to shine Your light brightly. Comfort her heart also, as she weeps with You. And lift away any anxious thoughts that assail her with the consolation of Your Word. Thank You, Father that not even one of Your Words ever returns void, but reaps the fruit for which it is sent.

    Ephesians 4:15-16, 25 (ESV)
    Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
    Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

    Matthew 10:26-27, 32 NET
    “Do not be afraid of them, for nothing is hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing is secret that will not be made known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light, and what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops.
    “Whoever, then, acknowledges me before people, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven.

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