Inside a small suburb in Oklahoma, one pro-abortion group decided to hoist billboards, some of which declare, “God loves those who have abortions,” and they’re right.
In total, the Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice (OCRJ) has erected eight billboards in the small town of Edmond, Oklahoma, with faith-based messages supporting abortion access, according to Tulsa World.
The signs are part of a new push by OCRJ to eliminate the “stigma in faith communities” when it comes to abortion:
This week we launched a campaign to address abortion stigma in faith communities. This isn't a common discussion topic within @OKRepro or across Oklahoma, so our Board of Directors wrote a blog on why we think it's important to address, now more than ever: https://t.co/VO5ObLyOjh
— OCRJ (@OKRepro) September 18, 2018
Just as some faithful may choose not to end a pregnancy based on an understanding of faith and God, others may choose abortion consistent with the teachings of faith and under the guidance of a loving relationship with God. Learn more: https://t.co/qxJSGdEWtr #ProChoiceFaith
— OCRJ (@OKRepro) September 17, 2018
The pro-abortion group is half right, but its message misses the bigger truth about faith in the gospel message of Jesus Christ. God does love us; he loves us despite our sins, misgivings and wrong turns. He doesn’t love us because of them.
There is a stigma surrounding abortion and it needs to be addressed, but we need to first define what is meant by the word “stigma.”
Yes, abortion happens — we live in a broken world hellbent toward sin — and those who have terminated their pregnancies shouldn’t be shamed or rejected from the Christian community because of those choices. But that doesn’t mean it’s OK to take a human life or that discipline and conviction shouldn’t be part of their experience.
Just as diamonds shine brightest against a black backdrop, the brilliancy of God’s love for us is clearest when it’s wrapped up in the brokenness of this world and the devastating decisions we make while we’re here.
As the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrated his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God loves us because he’s perfect, because we were created in his image and designed to worship his flawless nature and enjoy him forever, not because of the decisions we make. The Father’s love isn’t contingent on a choice or a perspective or an action or an experience.
— KFOR (@kfor) September 19, 2018
If that were the case, God’s love would be imperfect, because it would no longer be selfless and unconditional. You see, God’s love is made even more radiant through his unshakable affection for us even when we sin against him.
Even when we take a life.
So the OCRJ got it half right. God does love us, regardless of our experiences, the choices we make or the paths we’ve chosen. But his love for us isn’t about us — it’s about him. He condescended to us and there’s no way we can ascend to him, except through Jesus.
The church has a mandate to welcome with open arms those who have had abortions. We must welcome them because Christ first welcomed us — in our sin, brokenness and despair — to be part of his family.
God is immovably pro-life, and that’s why he loves us. Even when we take a life.
So, yes, God does love those who have abortions.