Walter Hoye

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The Cure

In Abortion on May 31, 2010 at 12:01 am

The Cure

Years ago, we were assured that abortion was a cure for child abuse, domestic violence, poverty, divorce, and almost every other social problem we’ve ever had. Somehow, killing our babies was going to set us free and guarantee our equality. Somehow legalizing the termination of a child’s life inside the womb of his or her mother promised women freedom, independence, empowerment and a sense of security. I cannot help but wonder how many children have to be dismembered in the wombs of their mothers before this plan starts working?

The Facts Are In Now

According to the National Vital Statistics Reports: Volume 58, No. 4, released October 14th, 2009, Black America experienced 1,217,000 pregnancies, 587,000 live births and 452,000 abortions in 2005. If we do the math, we learn that for every 100 live births in Black America there were another 77 Black babies whose lives were legally ended in a conveniently located abortion clinic in our neighborhood. If we continue and exclude pregnancies that did not end in either births or abortions, we learn that out of every 177 pregnancies in my community 44% of our pregnancies end in abortion. So brothers, tell me, after almost 40 years of legalized, taxpayer-funded abortion, are we as a people experiencing a greater degree of equality? Are we as a people now more independent and empowered?

Accepting Abortion Is A Form Of Racial Suicide

The facts are in now. The acceptance of abortion by Black Americans is a form of racial suicide. During the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s Black American’s were willing to be hosed down by Fire Departments, bitten by dogs, beaten by Police Officers, unjustly incarcerated, financially ruined and lynched by racist white folk to secure access to water fountains, restrooms, classrooms and seats in the front of the bus. I believe if Black America clearly understood the impact of abortion she would do more for her posterity than she did for the right to use a urinal.

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Unintended Pregnancy

In Abortion on May 24, 2010 at 12:01 am

Unintended Pregnancy

According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) at least half of all American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45, and, at current rates, about one third will have had an abortion. If we dig a little deeper we discover that 37% of women obtaining abortions identify as Protestant and 28% as Catholic. In other words, 65% of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Christians. It appears that if Christians stop having abortions, Planned Parenthood would be facing bankruptcy. As I think about these numbers, I cannot help but wonder how effectively we as Christians are engaging the culture for Christ’s sake?

Never Married, Not Cohabiting

AGI continues to report that women who have never married and are not cohabiting account for 45% of all abortions and about 61% of abortions are obtained by women who have one or more children. Could it be true that the men and women in our congregations do not care how much we preach because they cannot see how much we care? Could James 2:16 describe the Church today? In my opinion, until the quality of life for women and children is improved by the practical applications of unconditional love, many woman will continue to be attracted to the false sense of security abortion provides.

Reasons Women Give For Having An Abortion

Again, according to AGI, the reasons women give for having an abortion (i.e., deliberately terminating the life of the child they are carrying in their womb), underscore their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. 75% of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals, the same women go on to say they cannot afford a child and that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents. 50% add that they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner. Correct me if I am wrong, but are not these the kind of issues that the Body of Christ can and should solve? Is not solving these issues the point of Ephesians 4:12 and James 1:27?

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Silence In The Black Church

In Abortion on May 17, 2010 at 12:01 am

Silence In The Black Church

The silence in the Black American Church regarding the evil of abortion is killing us. The numbers reflecting the impact of abortion in the Black American community are horrifying. From 1882 until 1968 (86 years), 3,446 Black Americans were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan here in the United States. Today, that number is surpassed in 3.4 days by abortion in the Black community.

Highest Abortion Rate In The Country

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) says the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that for white women. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of pregnancies among black women are unintended. When you do the math, every 86 seconds of every single day of the year in America, a black baby is aborted.

Is Poverty The Reason?

AGI goes on to say sixty-nine percent (69%) of the women who obtain abortions make less than $21,660 annually. Yet, the Bible teaches that poverty is NOT responsible for sin. I wonder what AGI is trying to say about poor women (i.e., minority women). In turn, I wonder what these numbers say about how we meet the needs of women and children.

Brothers, we really need to talk.