Age or Outlook?

I wonder if I’ve just gotten older or if my outlook has changed recently. Normally, I steer clear of posting anything controversial on my FaceBook page, and here on my blog too. I guess I have always wanted to make everyone happy and comfortable and not give them any reason to dislike me. However, in the last year or so (mainly due to my re-entry in the workforce), I have come to the conclusion that it’s okay if I am not liked by everyone. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being well-liked, but there are a few things that I have recently decided not to sacrifice on the alter of affability.

I’m not out to change anyone’s mind about anything – I pretty much know that’s a lost cause. We all believe what we want to believe, and that’s pretty much all there is to it. Just go to any conversation on social media, and you will see clearly that people don’t change their ideologies after having a nice, rational conversation (or an ugly, vehement one, for that matter).

Also, I’m not trying to make trouble. (Remember me? The lady who will generally go out of her way to get people to like her?)

So why does it matter? What’s my purpose? Am I just clouding up the Internet with my thoughts? Well, I do have a purpose, and here it is. It is three-fold:

1. There are a few people in the world who haven’t made up their minds on everything yet. I am personally acquainted with many young people and teens who may not have formed an opinion yet. Therefore, I’d like to add my voice to the collaborative “voice of reason” to help them come to a decision.

2. Some folks are truly seeking an answer about what to believe or how to feel. These folks would be best served to read both sides of an argument (rationally presented) before deciding. (Or listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, if they know Him.)

3. I think we should make our principles known to the world instead covering them up. Again, I don’t believe I will change anyone’s mind, but I am who I am, and I am tired of hiding my beliefs in the closet (so to speak). By sharing our beliefs, we rally behind those trying to make positive changes in the world, and encourage others who may feel alone in their stand against progressive humanism.

With that being said, here is a post that I put up on FaceBook today:

Why is abortion even a thing? Sure, my life would be more convenient if I didn’t have a child to take care of, but since when do we justify murder with convenience? My son’s life is precious and worth any amount of inconvenience anyhow. The other argument I’ve heard is that they are saving the underprivileged child from a life of hardship. Lets just go propose genocide to the homeless folks and see what they have to say about that. What a stupid, selfish rationalization. I cannot think of a greater evil than signing your own innocent child’s gruesome death warrant.

And here are a couple of rebuttals that I made to various comments on the post:

I don’t see how murdering her child will do anything to help the peace of mind of a mother who has been raped. If anything, having an abortion will only complicate emotional turmoil. Just because someone is a victim of a terrible crime doesn’t give them the right to commit murder. That’s absolutely ridiculous, and I think the people who know better need to speak out about it. I can’t believe we live in a “progressive” society that condones such an evil, twisted, barbaric act.

Someone suggested that having an unwanted child around may remind the mother of a rape on a daily basis. Here is my response to that:

Adoption or murder? Hmmm…let me think. I know I am taking a strong stance, but it needs to be said. I’m not asking anyone to agree with me, but I don’t have to agree with those who rationalize either.

I might add here, what if we had a child with someone who later abused us or cheated on us? What if our son or daughter was a daily reminder of our previous bad relationship? We don’t kill people to help us deal with our demons.

4 responses to “Age or Outlook?

  1. Well said, Amy. I just finished reading a post by Doug Wilson on this subject as well. He also had an embedded video of a high profile Planned Parenthood exec talking to a “buyer” about harvesting and the sale of baby “parts.” It was a horrifying conversation–all over salad and a glass of wine.

    I think I can understand some of the variables that might lead a woman to make the decision to have an abortion: fragile relationships, advice or counsel from medical professionals, poverty, access to good education, etc…I am not condoning the practice, just trying to empathize and understand why some women might not feel as if they have a legitimate choice to make (even though we can see plenty of them).

    Here is a rich idea though: what if the Church or just pro-life people in general stood in front of the clinics, not simply with signs but invitations as in: come and live with us in our home and we will help care for you and the baby until you’re stable? As horrible as the practice is, somehow we have to figure out a way to inject tons of grace into this whole conversation. What do you think?

    • I like the idea of offering options to these women who may not know they have any. A place to stay, someone to care for the baby, counseling, information about adoption services, anything to give the women another choice. (That’s a “pro-choice” I could get behind. It would be nice to have something printed out with email addresses and phone numbers, but it would be even better to have volunteers who would do all the footwork for these desperate mothers. I don’t think Planned Parenthood would like the idea though, because they would be losing money with every woman that changed her mind. The very idea of abortion upsets me to the core, as you can tell. I think about it and lose sleep over it even when it isn’t in the news. I figured now was a good time to bring up my thoughts about it – that folks might actually read it. I hope it isn’t too preachy, and that it might actually help someone.

  2. It’s great. Don’t worry about being “preachy.” Preachers are cool 😎

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