Over the next four weeks at The Ave, we are looking at four hot topics in our culture today. Too often Christians avoid discussing these issues for fear of offending someone or coming off too strong, or even for causing division within their own community.
In this series we want to understand the boundaries of a biblical view of each issue, be challenged to think thoroughly about them from a variety of perspectives, and relieve the pressure of needing to see the issue from one ‘right’ perspective.
Each week, I will post some additional resources for discussion, thought, and prayer on these issues. There will be a variety of perspectives, not all of which I agree with, but hopefully they will provoke us to thoughtful consideration of the issues at hand.
This week, we are examining the topic of abortion. Not just the question of whether legalized abortion is right or wrong, but how to care for people around us who are struggling with whether or not they should have an abortion or dealing with the after-effects of an abortion.
Relevant Magazine has an interesting personal article by Peter Walker about his own struggles with his stance on abortion as a Christian. It’s called “Abortion Revisited.”
Our local newsmag, The Shepherd Express, takes on life before legalized abortion from a decidedly pro-choice perspective. This article, “When Abortion Was a Crime,” is a helpful look at the real medical issues involved.
First Things, a conservative Christian periodical on culture, offers this article taking on some of the ‘myths’ of back alley abortion before Roe v. Wade.