Unpopular Opinion: Why Texas anti-abortion law & PH Divorce law is not a win for Christianity.
Let me preface by saying that I do believe that life is precious, and that marriage is sacred. I’m partly conflicted to be honest when I read the news. In one hand, why not rejoice for what my fellow Christians are fighting for. In the other, is it really worth fussing about? I admit, these are tricky, flammable subjects.
Think about it. These laws prohibit behavior, and let’s be real, these are behaviors that don’t really concern Christians to begin with. Let me clarify that. If you do believe, then chances are you really won’t get an abortion or get a divorce. Alright, good, but it’s your choice to do so. The problem with these laws is that it prevents other people from being able to choose these things for themselves. It’s all a matter of being able to choose, right. Even Jesus did not force Himself on people, we believe and follow because we want to. We chose to.
It’s hypocrisy for the same people calling out “Let us worship!” against church restrictions during COVID, against mask mandates, or vaccine passports to rally against something that takes choice away from the person.
Let’s be real, Christians. Ultimately, these laws won’t and can’t change people’s hearts and minds. People who would want to get an abortion but can’t will still get an abortion elsewhere at a back alley, a sketchy doctor with no accountability, and a clothes hanger. It prevents people who need it from getting the services and care they need. And people who wanted a divorce but can’t will end up in a worse place – jail, dead, or a miserable rest of their lives. If you’re a Christian, your freedom to live out what you believe in won’t change with or without these laws. You will still be able to say no to abortion, and say no to divorce. But it does matter for everyone else who need these things.
This whole matter just shows how disconnected “churchianity” is with the world and its struggles. I don’t even want to call it Christianity, because it’s so opposed to what Christ called us to do – love our neighbors. We’ve become so entrenched in our own “conservative Christian church culture” that we can’t even see or relate to the struggles of the people around us. I don’t know about you, but whether abortion or divorce is legal or not doesn’t change what I believe in, but I won’t force what I believe in on others, nor add to their distress.
This whole thing just alienates (no… disgusts) the rest of the world against Christianity. It’s not a witness to the love that Christianity is supposedly for. To call this “love” is BS. It’s a witness of the hypocrisy and bigotry modern day churchianity has become. We’ve become obsessed with rules, protocols, and programs. Obsessed with personal freedoms for ourselves to practice what we believe in, and a complete disregard for other people’s personal freedom to practice theirs.
How can these laws be a win for Christianity when it’s no longer about Christ but laws? Or have we forgotten where the Law has gotten us before? Rather than go after laws, why can’t we better serve and support those who are pregnant considering abortion, or those considering divorce? It does nothing to address the underlying problems that lead to people resorting to these options.
And I don’t know about anyone else, but for me… This highly legalistic, politicized version of Christianity is as sickening as the Pharisees of the early church.