Living in a crazy world, where abortion is simply an issue about a women's rights, I am touched by the words of Mother Teresa, some 16 years ago, when she spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. Here is what she said:
"But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.
And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love, that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts.
By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems.
And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion.
Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion."
We can pretend that the unborn child does not matter. We can try to convince ourselves of a women's rights, but the fact is that if we are Christ followers we simply cannot turn our backs on unborn babies. They matter to God and they should matter to us.
My heart istroubled by the way we so willingly and glibly murder babies in the womb. May our hearts be stirred to pray and to do something about the unborn.
I am and always will be,
recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,