I’ve gone back and forth…to say something or not to say something? My intention is not to create more debate or more animosity. That’s the last thing I want. I sit here writing, cringing a bit, because I know I’ll hear from some people who disagree, but I write because of all the teenage girls I’ve worked with over the years. I know that many adults already have their opinions set in stone, and it would be difficult to change the mind of one who has already determined what they will believe on many of these issues…but, for all of the teenage girls I know who are watching marches like the Women’s March on Washington and hearing the many opinions swirling out there, I MUST speak out.
You need to hear from someone other than the women who walked in that march on Saturday. Their voices are loud, and I’m convicted that their voices might be overshadowing the voices of all the other women who disagree. Those of us who adhere to the hashtag #theydontspeakforme
As I watched the march on Saturday, I shuttered and thought over and over again, “Why are they marching in the name of women? They don’t represent me in any way.” They should have marched in the name of liberal ideology.
I am always offended when people equate the rights of women or race with issues that do not align with God’s creation of humanity (true human birth rights). Please stop making the right to “choose” synonymous with women’s rights. Please stop equating LGTBQ rights with racial rights.
I remember hearing Tony Evans, an African-American preacher I admire greatly, talk about the offense it was to him for others to equate the civil rights movement with the rights of sexual orientation. In an interview, Evans was asked about the argument that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue like race, but he wasn’t having it. “The issue of race is not an issue of choice. It’s an issue of birth,” he said. I agree, and this is my same argument. Do not begin equating sexual orientation and abortion with women’s rights.
As I watched Kiera Johnson walk up to the stage wearing a shirt plastered with the word “abortion” & hearts, I was horrified. The crowd cheered while she said, “I am unapologetically abortion positive,” I felt physically sick. For all of you teen girls, this is not what it means to be a strong woman.
My wise friend said, “That shirt might as well be plastered with the word ‘murder’.” I couldn’t agree more. How can this be the image that we praise? How can we as women cheer this on?
As I saw this image being praised, I could not help but imagine the thrill of the Enemy. The way he has skewed the minds of our culture is hard to believe.
I listened to a video of a college girl this morning who explained why she marched. In it she said, “I am pro-choice. I think that women have the free will to do whatever they want to with their body.” Just imagine if a man said this…feminists would be outraged. We don’t have the right to do whatever we want to with our bodies. We have a responsibility.
With our bodies comes a responsibility. The choice we have occurs prior to conception. (As an aside, I am not someone so staunch in my beliefs that I do not understand the argument for medical abortion in the cases of rape or other medical complications. Although, I am never for abortion, I do understand these arguments. With that being said, those cases are around 0.4 to 3% of the reasons given for having an abortion.)
When did we begin believing that we can just abort the very real consequences that come from our decisions?
All of you teenage/college girls (or guys) who are confused on this issue, please don’t believe that a pro-choice viewpoint is the most enlightened way to think. This is how our culture portrays pro-choice vs. pro-life — the enlightened vs. the unenlightened. This should not catch us by surprise though:
1 Corinthians 3:18-20: Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness” and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.
As I watched the Women’s March which esteemed speakers who were pro-abortion & activists for the LGBTQ community, I couldn’t help but think, at the root of both of these issues, what these two groups are saying is: “GOD MADE A MISTAKE.”
With abortion…God made a mistake by creating this child in my womb.
With the transgender issue…God made a mistake by creating me as male (or female).
How can we stand by as our culture esteems those who so blatantly hold views contrary to God’s Truth?
Girls, please know that believing & aligning your life with the Truth of the Bible will not be popular in our culture, but living His way is best for you. Do not buy into the lies of the Enemy (Satan, the Deceiver, the Father of Lies) and begin to believe all the messages you will hear from those confused and blinded by the “wisdom of this world.”
Know His Truth. Align your life with His Word. Understand that it will not be popular. You will get push-back, but living a life in line with God’s Word is best for you.