Mar. 17, 2016

Desperado...are you really that desperate?

Many of you know that I taught Prenatal and Early Parenting classes for 13 years. These years were some of the best of my life. My passion to educate expectant mothers came after an unnerving experience with a local OB-GYN during my first pregnancy. It wasn’t as if the man were a back alley doctor. He certainly had his share of credentials. I soon discovered he had a shady side to his business, which involved pregnant women going through one door to have babies and through a less-obvious door to abort them. He hid it very well and unless you really did your homework – which I did not – you would never suspect his double life.

After making my discovery, I shared the disheartening news with many of my Christian friends getting pregnant and selecting a physician. I accepted the fact that some of my friends were pro-choice and the doctor’s advertising methods did not bother them at all. They, too, saw his business as two separate issues.

Other friends were equally disturbed by the discovery and made a quick change of plans mid-pregnancy. For them, they could not look past the mixed messages in which the physician operated.

I think the friends that bothered me the most were those who chose to ride the fence. I don’t understand the choice to ride a fence; especially when it comes to God’s standards for His people.

We seem willing to settle for less than what God has in store for us. We try so hard to justify, rationalize and argue away the red flags He makes visible for us in an attempt to warn us of the dangers that lie ahead. We claim to serve a Holy God; all the while embracing the un-holiness that surrounds us. Are we so desperate that we are willing to bypass Him on our road to perceived victory?

Why don't you come to your senses
Been out ridin' fences, for so long now
Oh, you're a hard one
But I know that you've got your reasons
These things that are pleasin' you
Can hurt you somehow.”