The Virgin Mary Should Not Be Compared to Single Teen Mothers
Blessed and highly favored
There has been a tendency in recent years to sensationalize Mary the mother of Christ and compare her unique situation to young single mothers today. While the Bible does not tell us to worship the woman who gave birth to the Savior of the world, we should give her the respect that she deserves. Mary was a virgin and had never known a man. She was overshadowed by the power of the Holy Spirit and Yeshua/Jesus was born through immaculate conception. Gabriel told her she was blessed and highly favored and no woman since has been in her shoes.
This is why believers should think twice about confessing they are blessed and highly favored. When we apply this scripture to ourselves, it detracts from the spiritual connotation in which the verse was written. Out of all the women in the world, Mary was chosen from the tribe of Judah, through the lineage of David, and his son Nathan. Theologians say that there were 42 generations from Adam to Mary and Joseph who came through David's son Solomon. This is an amazing story that has never been repeated and it was all for a special purpose. No woman since has had the benefit of immaculate conception. In case you didn't know, in-vitro fertilization is not the same. Luke chapters 1 and 2, along with Matthew chapter 1 tell this wonderful story. I advise reading in the King James English Bible in your leisure.
Keeping things in perspective
Every other unwed teen mother was impregnated through sexual intercourse, whether by choice or force. We should not downgrade the miracle birth of the Lord in an attempt to make unwed mothers feel better about themselves. The manner in which Jesus was conceived and how He entered the earth were Supernatural moves of the Almighty Creator. Teens who have engaged in premarital sex and become parents need to be held accountable for their choices. It is true that people looked down on Mary and that Joseph wanted to put her away. This is because he thought she had been unfaithful to him, but she had not. Once the Heavenly Father revealed the truth to Joseph, he married Mary as planned.
The conception and birth of Christ must stand alone because it was God taking on human form and coming down to man. Mary was a mere human of flesh and blood, but the Divine assignment that she was created for was a once in a lifetime feat that will never take place again. In the little town of Bethlehem, on that silent, holy, night the angels sang and heralded the birth of Emanuel. The kings began their journey following the star that brought joy to the world. The word of God speaks for itself and should not be added to or taken away from for anyone's benefit.
Don't sensationalize the work of the Lord
We live in an age of entertainment and sensationalism when it comes to many churches. There is one pastor who went viral because he would use a flying apparatus to glide from the air into his sanctuary. This puts focus on the man and his actions, rather than the Savior. The stories of Christmas and the Sunday of the Resurrection are serious business. People will spend eternity with Him or without Him based on how we relate these events to the world. Mary was chosen so that her body would host the Holy Christ Child. This most spectacular event which changed history as we know it should not be watered down so that young promiscuous girls can feel better about themselves.
There are many ways to assist teen mothers, but comparing them to Mary is not the way to go. The angels, Wise men, and Shepherds proclaimed the birth of the Savior for the miracle that it was. This should stand alone in history as a magnificent event unlike any other. When those who say they were called to proclaim His gospel are the ones attempting to appease sin by misrepresenting the virgin birth this is indeed troubling. This holiday season, read the scriptures related to His coming to the earth and keep them in the spiritual connotation in which they were designed.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Cheryl E Preston