Read this incredible story HERE.
The story is actually very brief, but loaded with potential commentary. Here’s just a few observations:
1) As Europe goes so goes the USA. You all know this related to cultural and social laws. The fact that this woman had a screening as early as 8 weeks and feared potential kidney disease, which led to her decision to abort, is already realized in our country. The intense selfishness of our society is put more blatantly on display when our lifestyles are inconvenienced by a baby with potential “defects” (that word alone connotes “mistakes” on God’s part).
But let’s be honest. Isn’t that where our decisions about our number of children goes? I know, and I’m not saying that those who choose to have few or no children also believe in abortion. I’m not saying that at all. However, I am saying that we naturally live in such an ego-centric culture that even the church looks at parents who have many, many children as if to say, “You know, they have a solution to that!” Essentially, our society has invaded the church on many levels and one is the view of children. So, if I’m not controversial enough on this, if the church does not defend the fact that children are a blessing and “quivers” are to be full (and full of joy), then it is natural that society would more quickly move to look at pre-natal screenings to insure that if we are going to have a child, then at least I want to make sure that they are as “normal” as possible (so as not to inconvenience our future lifestyle as “empty-nesters”).
One last caveat on this point. I’m not saying that you must have a bunch of kids in order to be godly. I believe that is each couple’s personal decision. However, as with anything else that couple should seek the face of Almighty God and trust His sovereign goodness, with a biblical view of children and family, as well as being informed as to the ethics of certain types of birth control methods, etc. Essentially, bring God into your decision and let this biblical matrix of decision-making about the size of your family drive you to a God-honoring decision. Most people just look at the size of house, car, pocket-book they think will handle x-number of kids…and that, quite frankly, is not biblical decision-making.
2) Not as long… God’s sovereign pleasure is on display here and we can pray that the couple would see the blessing of God’s gift, hoping that the gospel would not be far behind. Part of me wants to say “she should give birth and be brought up on attempted murder!” But the greater part of me simply hopes that this miracle (much like John’s recorded signs – John 20:30-31) would point them to Christ. It’s easy for us to get “high and mighty” on social issues, but the truth is we must all once again remember that except by God’s grace, we would make the most self-centered decisions possible, often doing things we never imagined. So, let’s celebrate God’s sovereign goodness in this situation and pray for revelation of His special grace in the lives of this couple (and others like them).
3) 1 Corinthians 1:21-25, “21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”