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Dehumanizing The Humanity Around Us

God's Image Abortion Repentance

Source: What a Super Bowl Ad Reveals About Our Abortion Culture” by Russell Moore, published RussellMoore.com, February 8, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-13

Scripture: Luke 10:29

Author: Russell Moore
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Russell Moore writes:

Social media lit up during this year’s Super Bowl over the abortion lobby’s outrage about a chip commercial. Doritos aired an advertisement depicting a husband and wife proudly looking at an ultrasound of their unborn baby. Suddenly, the baby begins motioning for the Doritos chips that her dad is eating. Dad then begins moving his bag of snacks around his wife’s belly to get his baby to follow it, which the baby does.

In response, NARAL, a national abortion rights lobby, posted on Twitter, denouncing the ad for “using [the] #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses.”

... The abortion lobby responded this way to a commercial that wasn’t in any way directed at them. It wasn’t about abortion at all. The outrage was because any hint of personhood inside the womb is the beginning of the end for a culture of death.

 

APPLICATION

Moore concludes:

We cannot “humanize” what is already human, but we can certainly dehumanize the humanity around, or within, us. The abortion lobby wants the “fetus” to be thought of only in clinical language, as though he or she were merely an “it,” tissue to be disposed of.

Those who oppress the poor want them to be thought of merely in economic categories, as drains on the “system,” not as image-bearers of God. Those who want to “consume” pornography want to think of those on the screen as images, not as people with stories and hurts and families.

... When we sin against one another, we want to see the other person as something less than a person. We want to ask as the lawyer did to Jesus, “Who then is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29).

When those we dehumanize are seen, despite our best efforts, as human, we either repent or we become angered.

Shout Your Abortion or Shout to the Lord

Abortion Arrogance Glorify God

Source: “Why Women Are Shouting Out Their Abortion Stories On Twitter” by Nina Bahadur, Deputy Editor, HuffPost Women, posted HUFFINGTON POST, 9/21/15

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-22

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:31 ; 1 Corinthians 5:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The HUFF POST reports:

Activists Lindy West, Amelia Bonow and Kimberly Morrison started the #ShoutYourAbortion hashtag on Sept. 19 [2015], in response to the news that the House voted to defund Planned Parenthood. West asked people on Twitter to use the hashtag to share how their lives have been impacted by safe, legal abortion.  Women who have had abortions told their stories, and allies used the hashtag to show support for a woman's right to choose.

Some representative Tweets read as follows:

My abortion was in '10 & the career I've built since then fulfills me & makes me better able to care for kids I have now. #ShoutYourAbortion

Honestly, my abortion at 20 was one of the first responsible, non-self-destructive, grown-ass choices I ever made. #ShoutYourAbortion

I've had 2 abortions. I don't have to justify or explain them to anybody. My life is more valuable than a potential life. #shoutyourabortion

My abortion was in '07. I didn't want kids then and still don't. I'm managing my own wellness. #ShoutYourAbortion

I've never wanted to have children, so I had an abortion. I'm thriving, without guilt, without shame, without apologies. #ShoutYourAbortion

I haven't needed an abortion yet, but I don't know of ANY regrettable ones. If you need a ride to yours, let me know.  #shoutyourabortion

Not all the Tweets have been in support of the abortion boasts. In fact, many have used the hashtag to counter it:

Destroying Sea Turtle eggs: Felony. Destroying Eagle eggs: Felony. Destroying a Fetus(Human): Get high fives on Twitter. #ShoutYourAbortion

I kept my baby. Because her divine right to live trumped my selfish desire not to take responsibility for my choices. #ShoutYourAbortion

Abortion does not make you unpregnant. It makes you the parent of a dead child. #ShoutYourAbortion

Instead of using the hashtag#ShoutYourAbortion why not drop the PC language and say #IKilledMyBabyAndImProudOfIt? 

Perhaps one of the more balanced responses came from one tweeter who said, “Regardless of your stance on abortion, why can't we all agree it's not something to brag about? Why is #ShoutYourAbortion a thing? Ugh.”

APPLICATION

Indeed, why is #ShoutYourAbortion a thing? Not only are we sinners, but we are proud sinners. While we should be mourning our sin, instead we revel in it. As one internet blogger put it, “The idea seems to be that boasting is magical -- it can turn even the most shameful atrocities into good deeds worthy of praise. What a disgraceful delusion.”

All the boasting in the world cannot magically transform sin into sanctity, or murder into morality. 

We must guard our own hearts, however, from the equally dangerous delusion of boasting in our own righteousness. The Apostle Paul was quick to point this out to the Corinthian believers who, rather than dealing with the gross immorality in their midst, chose instead to be proud of themselves for being so much better (1 Corinthians 5:2).

Long story short, there is only one cause for boasting: “Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord'" (1 Corintians 1:31).

Woman Films Her Own Abortion

Abortion Guilt Rationalize

Source: "Why I Filmed My Own Abortion" by Emily Letts, as published on Cosmopolitan.com, 5/5/14.

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Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2014-05-27

Scripture: Romans 81:

Author: Emily Letts / Barnett Gushin
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Emily Letts is an abortion counselor at Cherry Hill Women’s Center in New Jersey. Recently, she found herself unexpectedly pregnant. She new immediately that she would have an abortion, and soon began thinking of ways she could use her experience to embolden other women who likewise found themselves in an unwanted pregnancy. Below, in her own words,* is her rationale:
 
I was a professional actress for many years. … I had a friend who was a birth doula, and she fascinated me with her stories about giving birth and growing life. … I trained as a doula … During my training, I learned there are … birth doulas, adoption doulas, and abortion doulas. A light went off in my head.
 
The idea of helping women through an abortion and supporting them and reassuring them that they are still wonderful and beautiful resonated deeply with me. … I reached out to Cherry Hill … I was hired on the spot …
 
I found out I was pregnant in November. I had been working at the clinic for about a year. It was my first pregnancy … I hadn't been using any kind of birth control, which is crazy, I know. …  Before this experience, hormonal birth control scared me because of complications I’d heard about from friends … So I tracked my ovulation cycle, and I didn’t have any long-term partners. I thought I was OK. But, you know, things happen. I wound up pregnant. …
 
Once I caught my breath, I knew immediately I was going to have an abortion. … The guy wasn’t involved in my decision. …
 
While I was pregnant and waiting for my procedure, I thought, “Wait a minute, I have to use this.” … I searched the Internet, and I couldn’t find a video of an actual surgical procedure in the clinic that focused on the woman’s experience. …
 
I wanted to show it wasn’t scary — and that there is such a thing as a positive abortion story. It’s my story. … 
 
I was focused on staying positive and feeling the love from everyone in the room. … I know that sounds weird, but to me, this was as birth-like as it could be. It will always be a special memory for me. I still have my sonogram, and if my apartment were to catch fire, it would be the first thing I'd grab. …
 
Every time I watch the video, I love it. I love how positive it is. …
 
I know there are women who feel great remorse. I have seen the tears … but what I really wanted to address in my video is guilt.
 
Our society breeds this guilt. We inhale it from all directions. Even women who come to the clinic completely solid in their decision to have an abortion say they feel guilty for not feeling guilty. Even though they know 110 percent that this is the best decision for them, they pressure themselves to feel bad about it.
 
I didn’t feel bad. …  And I am grateful that I can share my story and inspire other women to stop the guilt.
 
*Click the link to source above for the full transcript of her comments. 
 

APPLICATION

Dear Emily, there IS a way to "stop the guilt," but it's not found in denying your culpability or painting your shame in a "positive" light. True absolution from guilt can only come by receiving the grace and forgiveness found in Christ Jesus for the payment for our sin. Why do you think you cling to your sonogram picture as you do? Search your heart. Is it because it is now the only way you can "carry" the child you chose to discard.
 
I will pray for you to face your own grief, even as you say so many who visit your clinic grieve, so that you might find forgiveness in Christ, and with it, the genuine absolution of all guilt and shame. 
 
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). 
 
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter" (Isaiah 5:20).

When Babies Are Morally Irrelevant

Abortion Morality God's Judgment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-08-21

Scripture: Ezra 9:6 ; Exodus 20:13

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Gosnell Abortion Associate Should Have Googled Procedure

Abortion Excuses Ignorance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-24

Scripture: Matthew 7:23

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Abortion Atrocities: To Cover the Story or Not

Abortion Cultural Trends Self-examination

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-16

Scripture: Psalms 51:6

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Woman Sues Over Miracle Child

Abortion Repentance Hypocrisy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-05

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Don't Kill The Next Beethoven!

Abortion Human Worth Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-01-27

Scripture: James 2:5

Author: Ben Patterson
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We All Need To Be Forgiven

Forgiveness Abortion Abortion

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2010-08-25

Author: Mahatma Gandhi
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Criticism Golden Rule

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: Matthew 7:12

Author: Charles Panati
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