Since 1973 over fifty million babies, not fetuses, have been killed in the United States with abortion procedures. Fifty million people—a significant percentage of our population. Both sides of the issue would now agree these are pre-born babies. The staggering number is not a cold statistic, but a life-and-death reason why this is important to talk about.
Not long ago I was preparing to speak on this subject. A man in the audience stopped me and said, “I just want to say something. I’ve looked at the printed notes you provide, so I know what you’re going to speak on tonight.” I could tell he was struggling with his emotions. He continued, “If I get up and leave, I just want you to know it’s not you.”
I said, “What do you mean?”
He said, “My mother was fourteen years old when she was raped and got pregnant with me. Her entire family and friends wanted her to abort me. And this fourteen-year-old girl was like a crusader who refused to have me aborted. And every time this subject comes up . . .” He started to cry. He said, “It is so emotional for me.”
His wife sitting next to him, grabbed his hand tightly and added, “Well, I’m sure glad she did, because I don’t know where I’d be without him.”
This incident reminded me that this discussion isn’t about statistics, numbers, theories, or political views. This is about life. It can be really easy to answer hypothetically as you weigh the evidence and evaluate the issue of abortion. It becomes very different when it gets down to a real, face-to-face, life situation.
Chip Ingram, Culture Shock: A Biblical Response to Today’s Most Divisive Issues (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2014).
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Culture Shock, Lesson #1
Whatever Happened to Right and Wrong
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Culture Shock, Lesson #2
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