I’m delighted to share with you a special guest post from Anna Marie on a pertinent topic. We’re approaching the monumental Roe vs. Wade decision that has cost over 60 million lives. As conservative parents, how does one explain this to children?
After the Life Chain blog post, a question came up about how we tell our children about abortion. Before answering “how,” which is pretty basic, we want to first say “why” we feel it’s important.
Children naturally desire to understand the world around them. As parents, we want to give them accurate answers to their questions, and also volunteer information to them that will help them be successful in life and better able to discern good from evil. “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished” (Proverbs 22:3). The young man described in Proverbs 7 was “a young man void of understanding.” At the same time, we remember the admonition in Romans 16:19 to be “wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.” Simple concerning evil doesn’t mean someone does not know what evil is and that evil exists, but rather that they are unmixed with and harmless regarding the details of that evil.
So how we do this with abortion? Our children are all young and are satisfied with quite basic answers. They know that babies grow inside of a mommy’s tummy, and we’ve told them that some mommies do not want their babies to be born and go to a certain kind of doctor who kills the baby inside of the mommy. This is called abortion. We love little babies, and it’s very sad when that happens. The children understand the concept and this naturally leads to family prayer for needs we hear of from those who are involved in pro-life ministry–often praying for mommies who are in difficult situations.
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.”