Within a few miles of my house is a place where babies are killed, their parts harvested and sold to the highest bidder.
How did we get here?
How is this allowed? Legal? Openly admitted and applauded?
How have pro-life people become the bad guys? The ones who are shamed, marginalized, mocked?
How did the world get so upside down?
If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, watch this video of a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the sale of baby body parts to a biomedical firm:
I don’t have all the answers and I’m just as guilty as anyone of being a fair-weather pro-life advocate. My attention span has been too short and my focus too easily distracted. But today, right now, I’m fired up. I’m angry. I’m FURIOUS at what we have become and allowed.
How do we come back from this? How do we stop the tsunami of depravity that seems ready to sweep us too far gone?
Here are my simple ideas….
Obey God’s first commandments from Genesis…
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.
He tells us to enter into male/female unions and to reproduce. Then he tells us to rule over the animals and the earth.
We have come so far from these simple commands. In fact we celebrate the opposite. We celebrate same-sex relationships, sex outside of marriage and any attempt to prevent or end pregnancy.
We have the “rule the earth” thing upside down too. Instead the earth rules us. We have elevated animals and the environment to a place God never planned. Never was this more clear than our recent trip to the beach where we saw the sea turtle nests roped off on the beach and signage spelling out the criminal penalties for disturbing the nests. Imagine if I had broken the eggs and sold off the baby turtle parts as souvenirs? I would be hauled off to jail. But there would be no (criminal) consequence to doing that to the 18-week old child currently living inside of me.
When we disregard God’s earliest commandments, what can we expect? To be blessed? To have His favor? Like a good parent, His rules are there for our benefit. They are like an umbrella to protect us. When we willfully step outside the umbrella, we should expect to get wet.
Take practical steps to defend the unborn…
I like to DO something in these situations, so here are a few suggestions
- Find out if your elected officials received campaign donations from Planned Parenthood here and then let them know how you feel.
- Sign this petition asking Congress to investigate Planned Parenthood.
- Visit your local abortion clinic to pray, protest and reach out to mothers. In Central Florida, this group organizes monthly kid-friendly protests at a local clinic.
- Financially support the pro-life organization of your choice.
- Babysit for a friend so she can participate in pro-life activities.
Live a pro-life lifestyle for others to see…
- Don’t have sex until marriage.
- Don’t enter into unGodly relationships, including same-sex ones.
- Fill your heart with God’s view of family and children (Psalm 139 is a great place to start)
- Submit your family planning decisions to the Lord. Really ask Him what He wants and then be willing to be obedient.
- Celebrate babies! Give generously at baby showers, take meals to new moms, rejoice when a new pregnancy is announced.
- Don’t let your life become ruled by animals or the environment. Love those pets, but keep a healthy view of their place in God’s economy. Be a good steward of the earth, but don’t let environmentalism become an idol or controlling factor in your life.
- Teach your children these truths. They won’t hear them anywhere else!
As angry and disappointed as I am, I find such hope in the fact that we know how the story ends. God wins. The enemy loses. Death is conquered and the grave is overcome. Those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ will live forever in a place without tears or sadness or sorrow. But in the interim, will be shine brightly in our ever-increasing darkness? I hope so.