While many of our readers are not of the Catholic or other Christian faiths, this may hopefully still be a post that is encouraging to our readers of any or no faith as the Church marks Good Friday.
Good Friday is such a powerful day. Jesus suffered and died a horrible death on the cross, but this day is indeed good, because it is when we mark that Jesus died for our sins – all sins.
Abortion is a sin. Now, to many of us, abortion may seem like one of the worst sins, especially when we consider that there are those who prey on vulnerable women and girls and make money off what is the murder of the innocent. Killing a baby so brutally in the womb surely seems worse than telling a lie, right? Well, to God, sin is sin. And the good news is that God is willing to forgive the abortion just as much as he is willing to forgive the lie. So while I haven’t had an abortion or facilitated one, I am no less a sinner to God and no less worthy of forgiveness than the post-abortive mother, the father who coerced his girlfriend into an abortion, the clinic worker, or even the abortionist.
Such concepts may be incomprehensible to us humans, especially when we consider abortion so terrible. Part of what makes God so awe-inspiring, though, is that there is a lot to God that we find incomprehensible. At least to me, His unceasing mercy and forgiveness are what is most wonderful about Him.
God loves us, each and every one. And because He loves us so much, He sent his son to die for us. Jesus died for our sins, from our lies to our participation in abortion. Please know that if you have been involved in an abortion, and if you consider yourself a faithful person or one who is open to faith, you can take comfort in this. What better day to truly live out your faith, seek forgiveness, and repent from the evils of abortion, than on the day we mark that Jesus died for us and for our sins?
If you are someone who participates in abortions and are not ready yet, perhaps on April 8? Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director, and her organization, And Then There Were None, are more than willing and ready to help. Why April 8? Well, because it’s National “Leave the Abortion Industry” Day!
You may not be ready on this Good Friday to seek forgiveness, and you may not even be ready on April 8. But regardless, please know that Jesus loves you and that he died for you. And regardless of your faith or lack thereof, know that you need not carry on the burden of the pain and sin of abortion by yourself.