Saturday, May 10, 2014

"Letts" it go

I recently read an article by Albert Mohler about Emily Letts.  You may be asking "Emily who?"  Don't worry you will soon here the name. Emily is a 25 year old lady who filmed her abortion and it has gone viral on YouTube.  She recently did an article in Cosmopolitan magazine to talk about her abortion.  Currently she works at a Women's Center as a counselor in New Jersey.  As I read the article my emotions were running all over the place.  I was angry, sad, confused and flat out stunned.  The first words I read from her mouth were, "I feel super good about my abortion." Super good about an abortion?  But the saddest part and most telling part come in her words at the end of the video:

"It is about a month and a half after the procedure.  I feel like I talk to women all the time and of course everyone feels bad about this; everyone's going to feel guilty.  It's given how people should feel about this, that what they're doing is wrong.  I don't feel like a bad person.  I don't feel sad.  I feel in awe of the fact that I can make a baby.  I can make a life.  I knew that what I was going to do was right, cause it was right for me and no one else.  I just want to share my story."

What do you say to that statement?  I think most would agree something doesn't sound right about her words.  But her statement summarizes our culture's thinking.  She knew it was right because it was right for her.  I was reminded of the line in a very popular song right now feeding into the minds of our children that says:

"No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I'm free"


I get it, this is Frozen we are talking about here.  I've marched around our living room singing this song with my two daughters multiple times.  But I hope we aren't carelessly listening to those words without thinking about what's behind them.  A worldview is being taught loud and clear.  The movies great and the song is very pretty and fun but Elsa's train of thought is not so far away from Letts.  One video portrays an animation of a confused princess while the other a woman proud of taking the life of a baby; but both are clear in saying I am free to do what I want if it is right for me.

The problem with this thinking is there is right and wrong.  We are not free to do whatever we want to do.  Maybe we can get away with sin in this world but all things will be made right and all will be held accountable.  Our accountability will be to the One who created us all.  The One who sets the standard for right and wrong.  He graciously gave us his law and our conscience to reveal are sinfulness and point us to Christ.  I believe this is why Letts says, "Everyone is going to feel guilty." The book of Romans says,

"For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.  They show that the work of the law is written on
their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even
excuse them" (2:14-15).

Rather then looking to Christ to find life we "suppress the truth" (Rom. 1:18) and choose to became futile in our thinking (Rom. 1:21).  This led to forsaking the worship of our Creator to the worship of self.  We have become god.  "No right, no wrong, no rules for me...'cause it was right for me and no one else."  Remember this is how all us think or once thought.  Sin entered the world back in the garden (Genesis 3) which brought a sinful nature to the entire human race (Romans 5).  The only difference between this sort of thinking now and once thinking this way is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel of Christ dying as a substitute for sinners is the message our culture needs to hear.  They need to know there is someone who loves them more then they love themselves.  They need to know there is someone who created them to live for his glory so that they can find true satisfaction.  They need to know there is a right and wrong and the One who created them sets that standard for his glory and their greatest good.  They need to know their is someone who is actually worthy of worship and
praise.  They need to know Christ!

Grace upon grace,
JRL