I wrote with my emotions and Lord knows I can get myself in some hot water when I let those do the driving.
I even prayed about it yesterday. I was afraid my message would be misinterpreted. I wanted to make it clear I was not putting myself in any position to judge.
I wanted to challenge us all, myself included, to unearth the foundation of our beliefs. Then, make a decision to stand tall and fight with them.
Mine happens to be my belief in Jesus as our Saviour.
I'll share something. Years ago, in my youth (teenager), I felt as though I were pro-choice. I asked myself how I could expect a woman to do something when I hadn't "walked a mile in her shoes".
Now, I know a something...I went for a run a couple of months ago. It was a 7 miler, my second in years. I rocked out to some Vanilla Ice (Joe was helping me manage my songs!). Then another song came on. What It's Like by Everlast. (video here) Part of that song refers to Mary who gets pregnant by Tom and he leaves her so she goes and has an abortion. People outside the clinic call her a "killer, sinner, and whore". Then the artists exclaims we should think about what if we were Mary, then we'd know what it's like.
Well, I'm running along and I think to myself: If a family would abort a baby because he/she has Down syndrome, then I DO KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE! I know what it is like to know your baby has Down syndrome. Granted, I was 28 weeks along, so there was never a question whether or not I would abort.
Now, lets take it a step further. I was at mile 3 when this song came on and at mile 5.5 it occurs to me: Mary has not walked a mile. She has walk about a tenth of a mile. The full mile occurs when you have the baby and raise him or her. So, my thought is, "That's a bunch of bull. That is purely false ground to stand on. Mary does not know what it's like, nor does any woman who aborts based on a diagnosis of a disability. They are the ones who should have to walk a mile in OUR shoes before making THEIR decision!"
Well, I'm not sure anyone understands my thoughts here or how this connects with my previous post. My question in the previous post is "if we do not support a mother murdering her child and we even feel upset about such a thing, how is it some people will go so far as to support it and even do it for them (doctors)?" Doctors will also have to answer to God. And, I am still pro-choice, because God gives us that ability, not because I think anyone should have an abortion. I think we should all be given the opportunity to use our hearts, minds, and souls to make decisions AND, we should use them to help others as well.
Your song is full of falsehood. No, not "God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes". I pray people trust God. I pray this justification dies. "Then you might know what it's like". Mary does not know what it's like, and instead of letting her walk in and do something that will haunt her the rest of her life, help her make a decision she can someday live with! She will not forget this child. Besides, she has not walked a mile. How about "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger" or "no pain, no gain". Lets find some other motto to live by, one that does not sell us short.