Saturday, June 15, 2013

Selfless: The New Taboo

I really shouldn't watch the news anymore. I never did until I started working evening hours for a lady who always has the TV on. It's less like news and more like pop culture drama, political drama, gay rights drama, and more drama! The other night it was be-yourself-love-yourself drama. And it made me sick to my stomach.

A reporter was interviewing a former stay-at-home mom named Talia who had left her husband, abandoned her three kids, and moved across the country, completely changing her lifestyle. Her reasons for doing so didn't sound justifiable, even in this culture, prompting the reporter to ask,

"Do you love your children?"

"Absolutely. More than anything."

"More than yourself?"

"Should a mother love her children more than herself?"

I. Was. Flabbergasted.

Should a mother love her children more than herself. Is she serious?? And yet, why should I be surprised by this selfish way of thinking, since this is exactly the reasoning thousands of moms have every day when they walk inside an abortion clinic.

The Bible gives us the opposite advice: "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." (Phil 2:3)

And Jesus instructed (and Himself lived out) the ultimate definition of love. Not one promoting self, protecting self, insuring self is #1, or making self happy. Rather, "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." (Jn. 15:13)

True love is self-less.

To answer Miss Talia's comeback question,

"Should a mother love her children more than herself?"

Yes. Or it's not really love.

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