In the last article, I began discussing the sin of abortion and how people today should view children as a blessing from God rather than a burden. I will continue my discussion on this topic with this article. In this article, I will continue talking about how children are a blessing from God, and that there is no circumstance or situation that could occur which would validate a woman having an abortion.
What if it’s a case where the mother’s life or health is considered at risk if the baby is delivered? The baby is still another soul living inside the mother, and therefore the mother still has no right to take the baby’s life in place of her own for any reason. A parent should always be willing to give his or her life for a child, and an unborn child is no exception. I know that if I were in a position where I had to choose between risking my own life in order to give life to my baby or an abortion, I would be unhesitant to choose having my baby! Any mother who is faced with this position should trust in God to take care of things. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).
Those who prohibit themselves from having the children God wants them to have, buy into the current society’s notion that children are a burden. Society wants us to believe that having a job is more important than having the children God wants us to have. Society wants us to believe that having material luxuries is more important than raising children. Reading the Bible, however, proves otherwise. Psalm 127:3 states, “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Children are a reward from God, and if a married couple is able to have children, then they should do so.
In Family Circle Magazine, writer/poet, Maya Angelou, talks about her decision not to have an abortion after becoming expecting outside of marriage at the age of 16. The essay was entitled “The Decision That Changed My Life: Keeping My Baby” and it was featured in the October 8, 2001 edition:
“When I was 16, a boy in high school evinced interest in me, so I had sex with him — just once. And after I came out of that room, I thought, Is that all there is to it? My goodness, I’ll never do that again! Then, when I found out I was pregnant, I went to the boy and asked him for help, but he said it wasn’t his baby and he didn’t want any part of it.
I was scared to pieces. Back then, if you had money, there were some girls who got abortions, but I couldn’t deal with that idea. Oh, no. No. I knew there was somebody inside me. So I decided to keep the baby.
My older brother, Bailey, my confidant, told me not to tell my mother or she’d take me out of school. So I hid it the whole time with big blouses! Finally, three weeks before I was due, I left a note on my stepfather’s pillow telling him I was pregnant. He told my mother, and when she came home, she calmly asked me to run her bath.
I’ll never forget what she said: “Now tell me this — do you love the boy?” I said no. “Does he love you?” I said no. “Then there’s no point in ruining three lives. We are going to have our baby!”
I’m telling you that the best decision I ever made was keeping that baby! Yes, absolutely. Guy was a delight from the start — so good, so bright, and I can’t imagine my life without him.”
Although Maya Angelou is not a member of the church, we can still learn from her example of how she chose to view her son as a blessing rather than a burden. If the world viewed children the way the Bible does, then there would be no abortions, and there would be no one putting things like jobs and other material possessions in front of raising precious souls in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.