The Chat Room
Imagine this…a group of 20 & 30-somethings sitting around discussing the heavy topic of abortion. Questions coming like popcorn from all corners of the room. Lights dim, zesty dinner flavors, & a movie to provoke your thoughts on the blunt reality of abortion. Music + Spoken Word + Food + Relevant Dialogue – we call this spot, The Chat Room.
So where does the SDA church stand on this volatile issue of abortion? It’s hard to tell…
The Church does not serve as conscience for individuals; however, it should provide moral guidance. Abortions for reasons of birth control, gender selection, or convenience are not condoned by the Church. Women, at times however, may face exceptional circumstances that present serious moral or medical dilemmas, such as significant threats to the pregnant woman’s life, serious jeopardy to her health, severe congenital defects carefully diagnosed in the fetus, and pregnancy resulting from rape or incest. The final decision whether to terminate the pregnancy or not should be made by the pregnant woman after appropriate consultation. She should be aided in her decision by accurate information, biblical principles, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, these decisions are best made within the context of healthy family relationships.
As conservation danced around the touchy topic, we left with many questions unanswered. Is it really absolutely wrong? What about rape? What about health risks? How do you decide?
Conversation sparked after watching the 33 minute film exploding around the world, the 180 movie.
I left with principal of the matter on my mind as the boyfriend put it, “Sin is sin. Is there ever a justification for it?”. Varying views somehow landed on a note of unison – we really need to study this stuff and come to a point of fervant conviction.
The chatter of The Chat Room has yet to cease, and I’m psyched about the coming year at Houston International SDA Church. Young Adults
Next up, we’re heading to GYC. Check back here for daily updates on the event.