We can learn from our mistakes

Dear Editor,

I want to start by thanking the authors of the two thought provoking letters that I believe are addressing the overturn of Roe vs Wade. I could write so much to their submissions but I will try and make my thoughts brief.

They are both addressing issues that the government has responsibility for and not any church. Evidently, most children born these days are raised without both parents involved in the lives of their children and abortions are very available in Canada. Abortion does nothing to stop this trend of neglected and abused children so this method is obviously not working.

I fail to see how the church has any responsibility in that since it has been relegated to the waste bin of society. However, if the Church was involved, I believe we would have a better system then killing hundreds of thousands of precious children every year. Historically, the church provided orphanages so they did have a remedy to this situation. Was it done perfectly? No, but there are no perfect people.

Nonetheless, the pervasive view of the majority or the vocal majority is that women have the choice and children don’t. Choice would also apply to women having as many children as they are blessed to have. Would it not? Communist China enforces them to one child and the choice becomes which child. This too has lead to the killing of female babies and the evils that follow such as prevalent female prostitution and trafficking. So are we advocating for that? Perhaps if we did take the Bible seriously we would not be in this predicament. This would better our planet more than anything. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. Proverbs 9:10

As men, they would do well to remember that they too can do their own part in this issue. It requires them to live circumspectly and not giving in to temptation. To commit to the responsibility of their own actions. “Seek the Lord while He still may be found, call upon him while he is near”. (Is 55:6).

So when you think we would all be better off without Christians, I think of that song of Joni Mitchell, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” I do know of several people (in the church) that have adopted children at great expense and scrutiny. They demonstrate to me that they value human life above their own convenience and are willing to be instruments of love and compassion. I think we would all be better off with more of that. “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails”. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

Ultimately, our lives affect each other. We can learn from our mistakes or keep making them with little regard to how this affects all of us.

Sonja Farrell

Three Hills, Ab