If you’ve been following my blog for any time now, you must know that all three of our beautiful children are adopted. We are so blessed to have them in our family, and I can’t imagine life without them.
But what you might not know is that our older two almost missed out on life before it really began for them. Their birthmother was pressured to consider abortion. Adoption was presented as a hideous option, while abortion was lauded as the most respectable and acceptable way to “handle” her situation.
Thankfully, she didn’t listen, and she willingly and sacrificially gave life to all three of our children, knowing that she would have to go through nine months of heartburn and swollen ankles and discomfort before the difficult task of labor and delivery. She chose life, and we will forever love her for that.
Today is Sanctity of Life Sunday, a time when we cheer for the life of the unborn child. In a time when women are being pressured to terminate their pregnancies through abortion, we have to have a louder voice than those who are deceiving the masses. We have to stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, one in five pregnancies ends in abortion!* There are between one and two million couples waiting to adopt, yet women are being encouraged to kill their unborn child, rather than see that child go to another family.
The murder of the unborn is at an all-time high. Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973, it is estimated that over 59 million abortions have occurred!* So many children murdered before they are even able to draw their first breath, yet we continue to advocate for a woman’s “right to choose.” But stop and think about that for a minute. We are giving women the right to kill their own baby? How have we gotten to this point?
You may be upset with me for this post. You may think that I just don’t understand your point of view. That’s fine. You don’t have to listen to me. Let’s look at what the Bible has to say, as God is the One Who has the final word on everything.
1. Every life is created by God.
For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them (Psa. 139:13-16).
Every. single. life. has a purpose. God doesn’t create for no reason. He carefully knits together each child with a plan in place for their future. While He is not surprised when the effects of sin cause that child to lose their life, He is still grieved for each one of these children. He knows their name! He created each unborn child, and they are His.
But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, You are mine” (Isa. 43:1).
You can argue this point with me all day long, but these unborn children belong to God. To abort them is equivalent to trying to steal from God. Of course, these sweet children end up right back with Him, but the one who committed the abortion will never know the life they are missing out on. They will never know the blessing that God was giving them.
2. God wants us to choose life.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live (Deut. 30:19).
Look at that verse again. Why does God want us to choose life? That you and your offspring may live. No matter what your situation is, God is never, ever honored by anyone choosing death. He wants us to live, and He wants our children to live!
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (Jn. 10:10).
Jesus gave His life for ours, not just for us to get through this life, but to live life abundantly! If we snatch away their breaths before they ever have a chance to meet the wonders of this life, how will they ever have it abundantly?
3. God has given us children to bless us, not to curse us.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward (Psa. 127:3).
I know that there are arguments about how children are conceived. Rape, incest, teenage pregnancy, pregnancy outside of marriage–these are all reasons that people give to try to make abortion okay. But please hear me on this: A baby is God’s way of bringing beauty out of ashes.
God has a plan for every single baby. Depending on the circumstances that brought that baby into existence, adoption may be a very real choice. But death shouldn’t be. That baby is precious, loved, and created for a purpose.
Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin (Deut. 24:16).
God knew that these sins would be a part of our society. And He knew that the children would be the ones hurt in place of their fathers (or, sometimes, mothers). So, He went ahead and addressed it in the Old Testament, where He gave the Israelites laws to live by. While many of those laws are no longer needed, I believe this one is still very important to us today. These children have done nothing wrong. Why are they being punished for the sins that brought them to be?
As we rally for the lives of the unborn, I want us Christians to think about what you are rallying for. You can’t be against something without being for something. So, what can you do?
1. Love. If you want to stand against abortion, then you have to do it in love. You must love the mothers who are struggling with whether or not to keep their baby. Yes, that means that you may have to love someone who is living in a way you disapprove of. It means coming alongside these women and supporting them, encouraging them, and helping them. It means fighting the urge to be judgmental about their circumstances. It means welcoming them into your church with open arms. It means taking them a meal or groceries, helping them get to doctor’s appointments, walking with them through God’s Word. It means getting out of your comfort zone and making them a priority. It means loving them as Christ has loved you.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins (1 Pet. 4:8).
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another (Jn. 13:34).
2. Adopt. Come on, you knew I was going to say this! We can’t say we are anti-abortion and then walk away from these women who are crying out for help. In many situations, these moms really do want to give their unborn child life, but they just don’t think they have a choice.
According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the following are the top reasons women give for having an abortion:
-Seventy-five percent cite concern or responsibility for other individuals.
-Seventy-five percent say they cannot afford a child.
-Seventy-five percent say that having a baby would interfere with work, school, or the ability to care for other dependents.
-Fifty percent say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner.*
These are significant numbers that show us that many women who choose abortion really feel like they don’t have a choice. They don’t know what else to do. But if more people would open up their hearts and home to adoption, then there would be a choice for these women. They would know that they had a chance to give their child a loving home.
3. Pray. This should be part of any list to take action, so here it is. Prayer is our most valuable tool against Satan’s lies. The abortion industry thrives on deception. It is one of Satan’s biggest industries in our current culture.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:1-4).
We need to pray for our lawmakers to see the truth and to make laws to protect unborn children. We need to pray that women see the truth and realize that it isn’t a choice about their body; it’s a choice for a child’s body. And we must pray for salvation for all.
We are in the middle of a crisis of epic proportions, and it’s time to say enough! The church cannot lie complacent in this matter. God has called us to protect His children, and He is calling you and me to action. So go and fight for the children.
See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father Who is in heaven (Matt. 18:10).
*All of the facts used are from CareNet of Puget Sound.