I looked up from my chai latte and into my friend’s eyes. They shone with passion and a tint of fiery hatred.
“Kate, how about it? Do you want to do this with me? Abortion is terrible and I’m going to do everything I can to stop it!! I need to prove to the Pro-choice people that they are doing something wrong!”
Something felt off about this. My friend had texted me a week before saying that she wanted to talk to me for she had “fantastic news.” I was very excited and texted her back telling her that I couldn’t wait to hear it and would meet her at a local coffee shop to talk to her about it.
I was unprepared to give my friend an answer when she asked me if I would join her in protesting planned parenthood next week by standing by the entrance of the clinic and talking to people about it. It’s not that I disagree with advocating for unborn lives, rather it was the way my friend talked about pro-choice people, like they were idiotic robots who are senseless and evil.
After pondering this for an entire week, I came back to her telling her that I wouldn’t be able to make it. She said ok and went to the protest with her other friends that she had recruited. I couldn’t help but feel confusion and reluctance to tell her that the way she was approaching this controversial issue of planned parenthood wasn’t truly effective or even Christ-like.
So, here is a fresh look on the pro-life movement and how we can deliver God’s truth about life in a loving way!
Choosing Life is Much Harder than We Can Imagine
I hear the argument from Pro-Life people all the time that makes me extremely angry: “That unborn baby is a life. It’s that simple.”
I hate to break up the party over here, but honestly, it isn’t that simple. Most women do come to the realization that it is a life, however they abort the baby because they don’t want to have to make their child deal with living in bad circumstances.
Here is some context…Hospital studies show that to deliver a baby with proper medical equipment and adequate doctors will cost approximately $2,000 to $12,000. In addition to this, studies show that to raise a healthy child to the age of 18 costs $245,340.
Imagine this. You are a pregnant young woman. You didn’t plan for this baby to happen. Your family has turned their back on you. You don’t have any money and don’t know where to turn. You just want someone to help; someone to hold you and talk to you.
Now imagine showing up at a clinic ready to abort your baby, because you believe there are no other options. You see people holding signs, yelling and pleading with you, saying that you should not abort your baby. How much influence will this protest have on a hurt, confused young women who is searching for answers?
Most women don’t even want to abort their babies, but feel that they are forced to by societies’ harshness. While choosing life is the right choice, it’s never an easy one. So, no, it isn’t “that simple.”
Put Down the Sign and Take Up God’s Love
Protesting with signs and shouts of anger in front of clinics doesn’t get to the heart of the problem of abortion. How is that effective in showing God’s love? You can yell “Abortion is wrong” as loud as you want, but no one will hear you. It doesn’t say much about being Christ-like.
How do we fight abortion? Instead of feeling hatred towards women for aborting their babies, we should be filled with compassion for them. Instead of yelling at them and trying to convince them that they are wrong, we should provide them with pregnancy crisis centers, healing, and most importantly, God’s love. This gives them other options other than abortion.
This speaks volumes about our faith and the sanctity of life when we lay down our own lives as humble ambassadors for Christ. People can always ignore our words, no matter how loud we say them, but they cannot deny what they see through our actions.
Seeking Justice For All Lives, Not Just the Unborn
If all lives, both the unborn and born are of invaluable worth to the Father, then they should be of invaluable worth to us. In fact, when Jesus was questioned about who he was, he answered them with this:
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”
Jesus was not just a preacher that stood at the pulpit and talked the talk. He went out and walked the walk. You see, it’s easier to hold a sign emblazoned with words of a bold Pro-life message, but it is much harder to live the message and live it boldly.
We must value all lives, rebelutionaries. Not just some. Yes, the unborn are voiceless. But so is the homeless person on the street. A child sex-slave in Cambodia. A girl refused an education in Pakistan. Four children with drunken and abusive parents in Chicago.
Be the voice for those who do not have one.
This is what The New Pro-Life Movement is all about. Valuing all lives. The voiceless. The born and unborn. The hurt.
It is what God has demanded us to do.
I’m ready to join, are you?