A friend recently told me she was hesitant to share her abortion story at her Bible study group because she was concerned there were women there who were post-abortive and that it may cause them pain to hear the topic of abortion. Our churches remain silent on the issue of abortion for many reasons, but I believe this is also one of the reasons pastors tend to shrink back from this topic.
Can I just say something about this reason for not talking about abortion? We need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit when sharing about any topic, but perhaps hushing is hindering the Holy Spirit from doing a much needed work in people who need to hear the hard stuff. God uses the hard to stir up in us a discontentment for the status quo and open our eyes to our need for Him to heal. It is easy to ignore the pain when it has been numbed and dormant.
For true healing to occur, a person has to realize their need for a Doctor. The pain surfacing awakens our need. Then as Christine Caine has said, “We must embrace the pain of recovery.”
In any surgery, there is pain involved. We can ignore the issues and pretend they aren’t there and deceive ourselves into believing they will just go away or we can let the Surgeon do His surgery and embrace the pain of recovery. After the surgery and recovery are over, we can be healthy and whole! But, we have to know we need surgery and be willing to undergo the hard in order to be healed.
When churches, pastors and leaders decide to not talk about abortion because it might “upset someone” or because “It is a sensative issue”, they are denying that there is an infection in the body of Christ. If Pam Tebow wouldn’t have talked about abortion that night, I wouldn’t have seen my need for deeper healing. It is only when we are faced with our pain, that we realize how much we need the Surgeon.
The pain of recovery is temporal. The pain of denial is infinite.
If you are a church pastor or leader, please talk about this issue. Please let your people know there is healing and freedom. In doing so, you are multiplying the healing of His wounded. God is a God of mercy, peace and love.
God is multiplying His mercy, peace and love. Thank you for joining us in prayer as He multiplies His Kingdom.