So, as I’m sure most of you know, a couple of days ago, New York passed a new abortion law. People on social media are up in arms about this, and they should be. Children are a blessing from the Lord and a heritage to us all. It saddens me to the deepest parts of my core to think of an innocent life being taken so deliberately and nonchalantly.
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. Psalm 127:3-5
Whether or not a mother wants a baby shouldn’t determine whether or not it is a crime to kill a baby. How can abortion (killing an unwanted child) be legal, but killing an unborn child that is wanted a crime? How can the same state say that capital punishment shouldn’t be tolerated, but murdering the unborn is ok? These are things I do not understand.
But something else I do not understand is this . . . if these women, these mothers, have the courage and the fortitude to say NO to Abortion, to let their babies live, to give them the option of life instead of death, then what are we as Christians going to do about it? Are we going to put our money where our mouths are (as our grandparents used to tell us)? Are we going to stand up for the BORN CHILDREN and be their voice as well, or are we just going to make righteous posts and share memes until we feel better and forget?
I’ve been doing some research, and some of the numbers just blow my mind.
For instance, 73% of people in America profess to be Christians—That’s something along the lines of 260,000,000 people! If that’s the case, how in the world do we EVER have laws signed or people put into office who do not share the same belief systems as supposedly 73% of the population?
But these are the numbers that get me every single time I see them or something similar.
According to AbbaFund.org (a website giving adoption assistance to Christian families), if only 1 family in every 3 churches were to adopt, there would be NO MORE waiting children. That’s one family out of every 3 different churches. That’s not even one family from every single church. Those numbers are staggering to me and should be to all 260,000,000 Americans who say they are Christians.
Here are a few more graphics to help put that number into perspective.
In the picture below:
TOP NUMBER = Children waiting for adoption
BOTTOM NUMBER = Churches
Let that sink in for a moment. I didn’t say the number of people or even the number of families. I said the number of CHURCHES! (In case you’re not following along, that means there are a lot more families and people than the number listed in black.)
As Christians, we HAVE to do better. We can’t just SAY that we’re pro-life, let’s actually be pro-life. Let’s stand up for the lives that are already here, let’s be outraged that their lives don’t seem to matter, that their mother’s said NO to abortion, but then they were just forgotten about. We have to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus if we want the rest of the country, the rest of the world to take us seriously.
But be doers of the word, not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in the mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James 1:22-25
I look through my social media feeds, and it’s the Christians who 9 times out of 10 are spreading hate, passing judgements, and pointing fingers. Let’s help our neighbors. Let’s help the people around us in need. Let’s show love.
I was 18 when I got pregnant with my first child. I was lucky. I had help, I had family, I had resources. I had the same help, family, and resources for my other three pregnancies. I also have three children who I am thankful for every single day that their mother said NO to abortion. I am thankful for their lives. They are precious and worth the decision that she made, but she had very little help, very little family, and very little resources. I’m thankful that our family was able to provide the home and love that these little ones deserved, but I’m also thankful for their mother who said YES to their lives.
So, yes, let’s continue to be outraged, let’s continue posting our heartbreak and our anger over these innocent lives that are lost to us every single day, but let’s not forget the ones who didn’t lose their lives, but are still losing the battle every single day.
(This is a letter from a little boy in Oklahoma in Foster Care.)
PS I had another post all ready to go because I was in the middle of redoing my blog when this came to my heart. But, in case you noticed it, the top of the blog now says #FightBack because that’s what I believe it’s time for us Christians to start doing. While we’re praying, while we’re waiting, let’s not just sit idle. Let’s not just be hearers of the word, but doers. Let’s not just talk, let’s put some action behind those words. Let’s put on our armor and remind Satan why God chose us to begin with. Let’s be soldiers in God’s army and stop letting the rest of the world walk all over us. Let’s #FightBack!