I would venture that in this country too often we have allowed “moralism” to take the place of “morality.” There’s a big difference. Morality looks inwardly. Moralism looks out and looks down.
For eight years I have entirely avoided the topic of abortion in the pulpit. But this week, in our state, the theological got political, and it got dangerous. This week I worried that my silence on the issue is complicit.
Discernment in life often involves not only saying “yes” to God’s call, but saying “no” to all sorts of other potentially fun, enriching, and engaging opportunities. To deeply say yes, sometimes we have to say no.