Hot Topic: Abortion

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.

4 thoughts on “Hot Topic: Abortion

  1. During the time of the Roman Empire, infanticide was a common practice. For various reasons, they would leave newborns to either be eaten by the wolves or picked up to be sold into slavery.
    The early church not only condemned the practice, but they would take these infants that were left alone and raise them, themselves.
    I think Peter Walker’s article has a lot to say about the church’s role in this issue. We should not only speak out about it…we must care for those involved.

  2. During the time of the Roman Empire, infanticide was a common practice. For various reasons, they would leave newborns to either be eaten by the wolves or picked up to be sold into slavery.
    The early church not only condemned the practice, but they would take these infants that were left alone and raise them, themselves.
    I think Peter Walker’s article has a lot to say about the church’s role in this issue. We should not only speak out about it…we must care for those involved.

  3. I recently read a book by one of my professors here at Regent, Sarah Williams. The book is called “Shaming of the Strong,” and it is incredibly powerful. The book discusses her situation when she found out that the child that she was pregnant with had severe deformities and would not survive birth.

    The medical professionals encouraged her to have an abortion, but she (and her family) decided to keep it. The book deals significantly with how our contemporary world views what is “normal” and how they deal with what doesn’t fit this category.

    She uses 1 Corinthians 1:27 and very personally illustrates, over the course of the pregnancy, how God used this seemingly ‘weak’ individual inside of her to shame what her understanding of what strength was.

    While the issue of abortion has a lot of different sides to it, this book addresses one of these sides very powerfully.

  4. I recently read a book by one of my professors here at Regent, Sarah Williams. The book is called “Shaming of the Strong,” and it is incredibly powerful. The book discusses her situation when she found out that the child that she was pregnant with had severe deformities and would not survive birth.

    The medical professionals encouraged her to have an abortion, but she (and her family) decided to keep it. The book deals significantly with how our contemporary world views what is “normal” and how they deal with what doesn’t fit this category.

    She uses 1 Corinthians 1:27 and very personally illustrates, over the course of the pregnancy, how God used this seemingly ‘weak’ individual inside of her to shame what her understanding of what strength was.

    While the issue of abortion has a lot of different sides to it, this book addresses one of these sides very powerfully.

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