Yes, I said it. The Church has failed us. The Church, collectively, has failed women, men, and children. Why? Because they have failed to preach the Truth of abortion in the Pulpit.
For some reason, the Pro Life community has been blinded by the politics of the issue and rather than see it for what it is, a game of flip floppers in all political parties, we have been star struck by our presence in the political arena. I am NOT saying that the Pro Life community should not have leaders trying to change laws to protect women and children. Every little inch counts. But where, oh where, are the Pro Lifers in the Churches? Why do we not hear about the horror of abortion, the damage it causes to men, women, children, and families? Instead Pastors and Priests are inundated with broken families, families in distress - congregants and parishioners suffering from substance abuse, porn addictions, eating disorders, financial issues, adultery, abusive relationships, and more. These are all a form of self abuse and a direct result of abortion. So, how many of those broken homes contain a person who has been injured and wounded by an abortion in his or her past?
Statistically, 1 in 3 U.S. women will have at least one abortion by the age of 45*. That’s 30% of American women. Let that sink in. Statistically, 1 in 5 women who abort identify as Born Again, Evangelical, Charismatic, or Fundamentalist Christian*. Also, 37% of women who abort identify as Protestant, while 28% identify as Catholic*.
Considering that more than one million women have an abortion each year in the U.S., this means 200,000 Bible Believers are among them. And if you ask just about any Christian ministry working with these women, they will reveal that a vast majority will never, ever reveal their secret.
Here’s a link to the full article with an interview of a post-abortive Mother who identifies as Christian. She talks about how her silence, shame and guilt damaged her relationship further with God, her Church and her own family: "The Secret Shame of Abortion in the Church”: http://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2015/february/secret-shame-of-abortion-in-church.html
So what is the Church doing, or not doing, that is contributing to the horror of abortion?
Our Churches are our community. They are our beacons of Light. They are Jesus to the world. When a woman or man doesn’t feel worthy of Jesus, they should, at the very least, feel comfortable enough to seek shelter among their Church community. This is my focus; my mission now. I recently accepted the volunteer position of Regional Coordinator for Silent No More Awareness Campaign (www.SilentNoMore.org) in the Cincinnati area. Here, I will begin, one Church at a time. I covet your prayers.
*Source: Guttmacher Institute
I lived for 48 years devout (in my eyes) to my religion, but not to God. I was a slave. I was a slave to Rules, to doctrine. All of it, manmade. I knew God. But I never knew His Son. Without knowing Jesus, I couldn’t know the Hope that we all have in Him. He came to set the captives FREE! If I could grow up in this religious environment and not know Our Jesus, Our Hope, imagine how many other so-called “Believers” aren’t really Believers at all. We are called as the true conversions to share the Gospel with a lost and dying world. Someone shared it with me while I was deep into my doctrine, but not my God. And only because God gave that man, my friend Will, the Great Commission, am I still here.. Alive.. To encourage you to do the same.
Today, I’m no longer a slave to fear. I am a Child of God. But not everyone is. We make the mistake of giving folks the title before they’ve actually accepted it… Fully accepted it by giving all – all of their Life to Christ. And once you do that, you are called to do what Will did for me.. Speak God’s Truth. Share the Gospel with the whole world! And that’s pretty uncomfortable. Once His Holy Spirit is alive in you, you can no longer let derogatory remarks about God slide, or untruths about what Salvation really looks like (how we get to Heaven), or watch those you love and those you don’t even know, slide into sin, drown in their sin and falter in idolatry and false doctrines. For if we let them slide, we bear some of the responsibility for their torment in hell. There are several places in God’s Word where we are commanded to share the Gospel with the world:
“And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.'” – Mark 16:15
“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” – Psalms 96:3
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28L19-20
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” – Matthew 24:14
When we go out among the world as Christians, freed from the bondage of our sins, we will still feel the oppression of the world’s sinful system. With discernment from His Holy Spirit, we will sense and even see the darkness manifest before our very eyes. Do not be moved. As uncomfortable as it is to identify with the wickedness we see in the world, like abortion, may we be like Nehemiah (See Book of Nehemiah, Old Testament) and humbly shed the frail armor of false strength that’s failed to serve us in this world, but, better yet, embrace our weakness! Now get this.. That weakness is meant to be an INVITATION to RECEIVE what we don’t have: God’s Strength; His Amor; His Protection. That weakness was exploited by Satan who suggested to us that weakness, itself, is a flaw to be covered up and denied at all costs. How brilliant was that? He tempted us with sin, then talked us into hiding it with what I believe is his greatest weapon: SHAME. If you recall, he did this in the Garden of Eden, forcing Adam and Eve to cover their naked bodies when God called out to them after they had sinned against Him. Satan’s game hasn’t changed. He’s got the same moves and the same plays today.
But I want to encourage you! I have been there myself.. Many times and for many, many years! My sins of fornication, lying, stealing, abortion, idolatry, and more.. All imprisoned me in shame. You can break free! But first, you must give all of your shame and guilt to Jesus. His shoulders can bear it. Ours cannot. As humans, we grow weak and weary from the burden, leaving us to choose sin again and again because we feel unworthy of God’s Love and unworthy of the Forgiveness granted us by Jesus Christ’s Sacrifice on The Cross. His act of Selfless Love on The Cross paid my (our) debt in full. You are worthy of forgiveness and God’s Grace! Satan will tell you otherwise. Do not believe it. It’s a lie straight from the pit of hell. Jesus has the Victory! He has beaten sin on The Cross and death in the Grave. He rose from the dead after His violent Crucifixion.. This is Good News!
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
How do we free ourselves? How do we go from slave to Freedom? Simply admit you’re a sinner, ask Jesus to forgive you of all of your sins and invite Him into your Life. His ways are far above our ways. Let Him take over. I had made a mess of my Life. Once I let Jesus take control, I began to see chaos turned into calm. Read the Infallible Word of God every day. The Bible is your guide to anything and everything that has, or ever will, happen to you in this fallen world.
And, finally.. Remember who the author of confusion and chaos is.. The enemy. Your adversary. Put on The Armor of God every single day. (See Ephesians 6:10-18)
My prayer for all.. Louder than the chaos and calamities of the raging temper tantrums thrown by the prince of this age who’s time is nearly up, may we recognize the Voice of the Good Father and King!.. He who sought our companionship even while we live(d) in sin, hiding from Him, naked in our shame – calling us back to communion with Him. We are as close to Him as conversation (talk to Him!) and as near to Him as our turned attention (Pray!). Dear Lord, draw us closer.
I am praying for you to be freed from the bondage of sin and shame and that you will feel the Forgiveness, Mercy and Grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am no longer a slave to sin. I want that Freedom for you. Time is short.
As a United States Veteran with an undying love for my country, I have been trying to keep score in this presidential election. It is personal for me. Why? I am a Birth Mother, Post-Abortive Mother and Mother to a beautiful son, who I would hope has a future in this once Great Nation. Abortion has been front and center in this election as it should be.
I have never not been Pro Life. But I have faced two unplanned pregnancies. In the first I chose Life for my son. However in the second, 25 years later, I chose death for my daughter. A decision I deeply regret. Especially because I lost 4 babies to miscarriage during my first marriage. This last unplanned pregnancy occurred over a year after my divorce. I was excited. The Father was not. Stand up guy, right? He had a great job. Couldn't have a child of his own in his first marriage, but wasn't willing to selflessly become a parent and, as you know, allow God's Blessings to pour over him through his daughter. Because of a lack of support, shame, condemnation, fear of what this might cost my son's future, I caved to his demand that I abort our child. I have suffered and suffer indescribably since the moment I made that choice. I live with a grief so deep, it's deadly.. for some. You see, abortion in and of itself.. IS the punishment. What post-abortive women - and men, go through is more than your worst nightmare.. whatever that may be for the guy who has it all.
I lived with my nightmare and only told a person or two about the deep depravity of my sin. After 6 years I could live with myself no more. My grief stole from me and my son. I was completely incapable of being present for him emotionally. He lost his Mother for 6 years. And I can never get that time back, nor will he. I am now forgiven. By God through the Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, and I have since forgiven myself although I have my moments and my days of unbearable grief because I cannot hold my daughter, kiss her, stroke her hair, buy her beautiful clothes, send her off to prom, or watch her walk down the aisle.THIS is my punishment. I have created it and delivered this poison into my heart, mind, soul, and body all by myself, without the help of law enforcement or some judge who has zero idea of what actually occurs during an abortion. But I'm not alone.. Tens of MILLIONS of women and men live with their punishment every single day. I know. I hear from them. Through my Pro Life social media pages, through emails from my website, through a local pregnancy center I volunteer at. Our punishment is of our own making. I would like to respectfully suggest that, if you truly are Pro Life, in every sense of the word, that you would consider bringing a group of post-abortive women and men on board to your campaign who see abortion for what it is - a permanent injury and who have sought out healing and forgiveness. Whether you do that now, or if you get elected, they can assist you in this fight for LIFE. For the Unborn, and for these grieving Mothers, Fathers and families. So many casualties from abortion. Our prisons, jails, hospitals, and addiction recovery programs are FILLED with severely injured, post-abortive people. Please consider my suggestion. The only souls who know the Truth of abortion are those who have gone through it. We have been dealt our punishment. Thank you for your time, Sir.
Birth Mother, Post-Abortive Mother
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Meg Perez is a Sinner Saved by Grace, a Child of God, a Mother, Birth Mother, Post-Abortive Mother,and Pro Life Speaker. She was lost, but now is found. Her Purpose now is to give a Voice to the Voiceless - the Unborn Souls killed by abortion and to encourage Mothers, Fathers and all who are hurt by abortion, to find healing in Jesus Christ. Meg is also an advocate for Purity in relationships outside of marriage. Her Life experiences - painful and good, are all reflected in her story.