Humans are a weird bunch, and I say this with myself included. We typically have a set of moral guidelines that we each keep, modify, and operate by. We also have a set of beliefs that we hold to, defend, argue, and proclaim.
The problem is that many times what we say and what we choose to do are two very different things.
I think that this had to be the background upon which Christ’s command “if you love me, keep my commandments” must have came from. It wasn’t enough to say that you love Him. It had to be shown—because we all know that actions speak louder than words.
So, it’s with great sadness and yet understanding that I happened upon a page of stories that talked about women that were anti-abortion, except when it came to them. Things like:
“I have done several abortions on women who have regularly picketed my clinics, including a 16 year old schoolgirl who came back to picket the day after her abortion, about three years ago. During her whole stay at the clinic, we felt that she was not quite right, but there were no real warning bells. She insisted that the abortion was her idea and assured us that all was OK. She went through the procedure very smoothly and was discharged with no problems. A quite routine operation. Next morning she was with her mother and several school mates in front of the clinic with the usual anti posters and chants. It appears that she got the abortion she needed and still displayed the appropriate anti views expected of her by her parents, teachers, and peers.” (Physician, Australia)
The page tries to make the case that abortion needs to stay legal and safe, even for us “anti-choicers” because we’re a hypocritical and shallow bunch—spouting off that abortion should be illegal while having the procedure done.
What this says to me is somewhat different—that there are ladies standing on the picket line and protesting abortion that are there for reasons other than that it’s something that they truly believe.
Because if they truly believed it, they wouldn’t be having one.
Just like I believe that the Christian that truly believes that there is a Heaven and a Hell and that Christ is returning will be compelled to share as much, I believe that those that are truly against abortion would not have one. Each of these groups, though, has status, pressure and hangers-on, though. People that say that they believe it, but when it comes down to a situation where they have to make a choice, they show what they truly believe.
What is it that you believe? Are you sure that you truly believe it? Are you putting that belief into action?