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I Am No Better Than They

I recently read an article which talked about unwed pregnancy not being a sin. The author made the point that the sin was sex outside of marriage, not the blessing of a child which results.

I have thought about this subject before, but was never able to wrap my head around it. Psalm 127:3 says “Behold, children are a blessing from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Verse 5 says “Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them.”

The Bible teaches that children are a blessing. It doesn’t say that they are only a blessing if conceived in marriage. Many times in my life I have looked at a pregnant teen or unwed woman with condemnation. I am guilty of thinking their sin of sex outside of marriage is worse than my sin of the same because they ended up pregnant. The only difference between her and I is that God has given her a blessing through her sin. In God’s eyes, I am not any better than her because I was more careful to keep my sin hidden.

He still saw it.

He still knows my sin, because he knows my heart.
“For the LORD sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” 1 Samual 16:7b

Our culture has taught us that we need to “take care of the problem” through abortion, like killing a child (committing the sin or murder), will cover the first sin or sexual immorality. The world needs Jesus. The only cure for sin is him. Through Jesus, we can find freedom from sin. Freedom from thinking that our sin is better than someone else’s. We are conditioned to think that a sin such as murder is worse than telling a lie. James says different, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails at one point has become accountable for all of it.” James 2:10.

Next time you see a pregnant teen or unwed woman, don’t tell yourself you are better than she is because no one can see your sin. Remind yourself that God brought you to salvation, not because of something you did, but because of what Jesus did. That pregnant teen needs to know that there is freedom from the guilt and forgiveness for the sin. They need to hear the Gospel, the good news of Jesus.

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