Wednesday, 22 December 2010
I was rather taken when I first saw this Christmas Advert. It did not occur to me in any way whatsoever that it had an overt or covert pro life message and I was surprised when I heard complaints that this was the intention. After all, Christmas is about a miraculous conception and joy at a baby's birth, isn't it?!
A friend who is an atheist, but very accepting of people of faith and very positive about my faith, mentioned this advert recently and said that she had immediately drawn the conclusion that it was pro life propaganda and found it offensive. She said she particularly worried about the emotional effect of this type of Christmas message on women who had had terminations.
I did a bit of reading around and, as far as I can see, the advert is not intended in that way. I personally cannot see why an ultrasound scan of a baby in the womb should be automatically construed as designed to make women who have had terminations feel guilty, and I would be very surprised if any mainstream Christian group or church would want to target such women in this way as a Christmas message.
But the strength of my friend's reaction made me wonder if I was wrong? Or if it tells us something about the assumptions that are made about Christians - perhaps that the message we wish to convey (at Christmas and generally) is more about guilt and blame than love and redemption?