Why Parents Celebrating Lent Today May Choose Abortion Tomorrow

Roland C. Warren
2019-04-07

Jerry,

Experts say that Easter and Christmas are the two days when the most Americans flock to church.

It is likely that you will encounter someone today at your church who faces a difficult pregnancy decision. Our research into abortion found that two out of five women who have abortions were attending church once a month or more at the time of their first abortion.

This means that some of the women and men celebrating Lent today are considering walking into an abortion provider tomorrow.

God's call is clear: we have to embody the compassion, hope, and help of Christ so that these parents can be transformed by the power of Christ's resurrection and choose life for their babies and abundant life for their families.

Today's devotional is a reminder of how abortion is connected with the church. Cheri was a pastor's daughter and a Christian. She loved God, but thought abortion may be the only way to protect her father's ministry and avoid the embarrassment of an unwed pregnancy.

Discover how God used a life disciple named Carol to introduce her to the power of the Resurrection and how He redeemed this desperate situation.

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A Chance to Glorify God
by Carol I. Wilson

“Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory." Psalm 50:15 NLT

“I don’t really want an abortion,” Cheri said, “but I want to do what’s best for Tom. If he wants me to, I’ll have one. I know God will forgive me. I’m also worried that my Dad will have to resign from his position at church.”

Tom said, “I’m worried how an abortion could hurt Cheri, but I’m not ready to be a dad. I’d be embarrassed when she starts showing.”

I prayed for wisdom. I knew God was already at work because they visited the center immediately following a visit to an abortion clinic.

“I am so impressed that you’re each concerned about the other person and that you’re exploring all of your options. Let’s talk about your concerns with various scenarios.” We talked and then they watched a video about the consequences of abortion.

“I know this is intense. You’ve got a lot of information to process. I think it’d be good if you just go on a date tonight. After that, I recommend you take a week to think and pray—individually. I believe you’ll make a wise decision. We all make mistakes, but this is an opportunity for you to glorify God.”

For several months, I did not know what they decided, until the day they brought Elise, their newborn daughter, by for a visit.

Tom’s grin lit the room; Cheri’s face showed peace. They shared with me how they had just gotten married and were excited about their future together. A few years later, I got to meet Elise’s little brother. She loved teaching her brother songs about Jesus.

Prayer:

Lord, thank you that even when we make mistakes, we have opportunities glorify you. Thank you that you work all things for the good of those who love you.

Amen.

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I pray that we would go forth today and every day with Christ's blessing and embrace the parents in our churches and communities who think abortion is the way out of their difficult circumstances. May God enable us to bring them the hope they need to have their own resurrection experience from death to life.

God Bless,

Roland

Roland C. Warren
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