The planned parenthood videos. It’s all been said and yet it can’t be said enough. Their contents are horror and tragedy and grief, babies mutilated and mothers deceived, made to believe this is a new beginning when it is, simply put, the most tragic of endings.
Abortion is many things. It is a tangled web of problems masquerading as a solution. It is a way into darkness though it promises to be a way out, toward the light. It is, as Trevin Wax has said, “the blood sacrifice we make to the goddess of unfettered sexual desire.” It is also, oftentimes, the result of systems leading to their natural ends, of the marginalized feeling as though they have no other choice, that abortion is the most merciful act possible, at least the child won’t have to endure a world of pain and hunger and poor.
For Christians, this is the time for a response, a time to recognize that the world is watching for our next move. Many have spoken to that. I’ve been especially encouraged by and thankful for the surge of voices exhorting us to speak for the unborn and for women, to open our arms to all – to those who would consider abortion, to those who have done it, to the babies looking for arms in which to be held.
A flame burns inside me and it can’t be snuffed out – we must, must, MUST be hands and feet in these evil days, we cannot simply be mouths. We must counter child sacrifice with personal sacrifice, we must fill empty bedrooms and give more than feels safe and open doors we’d prefer remain closed. We must ask questions that would rather stay locked up in our minds, because the answers may lead to conviction, may lead to lives that feel reckless but maybe they are really just love in all its robust glory. If we claim to be lovers of the flesh and bones of tiny beings ripped apart, disregarded, even trafficked, we must put some flesh on the bones of our beliefs and step into the darkness with compassion and relentless devotion.
There are so many ways to do this and those listed below just scratch the surface. My hope for this post is to spur conversation, encourage ideas, foster change, help us all become brighter reflections of the bright hope within us. We need to show the world that we are here, church; that we will love and defend and welcome and help when no one else will. We cannot lead those faced with the dreadful decision of how to “handle” a pregnancy away from abortion if we are unwilling to step in, to be life on life encouragement, support, and aid. I pray we will become passionate about becoming the type of people who are thought of as the ones who will help, the ones who will say yes when the world says no. May we be the early church, rushing to the aid of the oppressed, alone, afraid. May our love for God’s way, truth, standards and people lead us toward the broken and fearful, not away from them.
- Keep learning, reading and growing.
- An Honest Conversation about Abortion that Asks Us Not to Turn Away by Ann Voskamp
- Pro-Life, Anti-Poverty by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
- I Don’t Know if I’m Pro-Choice after Planned Parenthood Videos by Ruben Navarrette Jr.
- There Is No Pro-Life Case for Planned Parenthood by Ross Douthat
- Support a local pregnancy center through mentoring mothers, donating supplies, and donating monetarily.
- BCS Locals: Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach is looking for mentor moms! Email Melany (at) pregnancyoutreach (dot) org.
- Host a young, pregnant woman in your home.
- Become a safe family.
- Become a foster parent.
- Support friends who are safe families, foster parents or adoptive parents. Bring meals, get licensed to babysit, provide clothing, toys and “gear” that comes with parenthood, Stop by with a coffee. Think about your skills, resources and availability and enter in.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Let us help one another to think and engage well, to wisely and graciously enter into our culture with hearts and hands that live out our message – I will suffer so you don’t have to, defenseless baby, frightened mother, isolated family. I will suffer because my Jesus suffered for me, because He took my sin and shame and sadness on Himself and He paid for it all. I will suffer because I’ve already been told that in this world I will have trouble, but I can take heart. My Jesus has overcome the world.
May we reach out, unafraid.