God is the author of life. Abortion and euthanasia are examples of our desire to take this gift from God’s hands, and write our own stories. The Church gets abortion and euthanasia wrong when we idolise life, rather than worshipping the life-giver. We get abortion and euthanasia wrong when we fail to acknowledge the humanity of those making the mistake of trying to write their own stories against the backdrop of a very broken world.
Jesus gets abortion and euthanasia right by rewriting the story of the world, and inviting everyone who turns to him to be part of this story. He invites us to find complete forgiveness, wholeness, and the promise of life without suffering, in him and his Kingdom.
HEAD// GOD’S STORY
The Bible tells the story of God giving life to his people. He values life. He is the life giver. He is the author of life. When sin enters the world it brings death, and, as a result our hearts are tainted so that we experience death, and bring death, into our relationships. As a result of sin life in the world is painful. We inflict brokenness on one another. This brokenness leads us to idolise life, or to believe we should be in control of its beginning or end. God brings new life through Jesus, who mends our brokenness, and mends the broken world.
HEART // PEOPLE’S STORIES
The early church was so determined to end the practices of abortion and infanticide that they didn’t just write letters about the practice to the Roman Government, (see Apology of Justin Martyr, 2nd Century & Tertullian’s Apology) but they did something about it. Rather, members of the early church began adopting abandoned children and raising them in the Church community. Much like Pastor Lee Jong-Rak in the following video.
Watch this video from ABC Dateline, featuring Pastor Lee Jong-Rak, who rescues abandoned babies in South Korea
A & S’S STORY
Our interest in foster care came out of the conviction that God wants us to serve our community. We started talking together about various things we might do and it quickly became clear to us that the most glaring need in our context is not for more soup kitchens or second hand clothing stores (good as these things are) but for more foster carers. We did our research, discussed the possibility with our children and decided that we would start by offering ourselves for respite and short term emergency care.
We called up a foster care agency and began the assessment and training process. This process included a long interview with a psychologist, a pile of paperwork and the completion of various training modules. This all took about 5 months, during which time we converted a junk collecting area of our house into a spare bedroom so that we’d have a space ready whenever it was needed.
At this stage we have children stay with us every third or fourth weekend to give their full time foster parents a break. It can be difficult because all of these kids have suffered significant traumas in their short lives, but we count it as a privilege to have them join our family.