Just How Pro-Life Are You?
Several years ago, a man asked me a question that changed my life forever. As recent converts, Ami and I attended a prayer event and one of the things that we prayed for, fervently, was an end to the great evil of abortion. Days later as we recounted the event to a friend he asked, “If you are against abortion, are you willing to take in the unwanted children that the end of abortion would generate.”
We paused, collected ourselves, and paused again. We had no answer. This question, prompted by the Holy Spirit, changed the course of our life in a way that I never could have anticipated.
Abortion is hard, either way. Per the CDC, unmarried young women with at least one child account for an overwhelming majority of abortions. Consider what this means. These young women have already been abandoned once by a man, left to rear a child on their own, an exceedingly difficult task. Now, they are confronted once more with the decision. Should they add to the mouths to feed or out of desperation, pursue the unthinkable?
The pro-life advocate rails, “Evil! Injustice! Don’t do it!” ignoring or forgetting the potentially life-long burden placed upon the woman by the sin of an absent man.
Generally speaking, being pro-life costs me absolutely nothing.
There are many deeply invested. In my town, a group of committed people created the Hope Pregnancy Center offering all manner of pregnancy services including adoption counseling. Thousands of crisis pregnancy centers across the country manned by paid staff and countless volunteers offer a full range of pregnancy services in lieu of abortion. Zealots such as The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) founder David Daleiden and associate Sandra Merritt currently face 15 felony counts in California for secretly recording meetings with Planned Parenthood officials exposing their evil and illegal buying and selling of infant body parts for profit. Yet, they stand accused. Texas dismissed a previous case.
But for your typical pro-life advocate, there is no cost, which is where I was when the Lord first stirred my heart nearly a decade ago.
A 2013 Barna Group study yielded that 5% of practicing U.S. Christians have adopted compared to 2% of all U.S. adults. 3% of U.S. Christians serve as foster parents compared to 2% of the general population.
One takeaway from this is that a practicing Christian is nearly twice as likely to adopt as a non-Christian American. That is great. Yet, another way to look at this is that 95% of Christians have not adopted a child or in laymen’s terms, nearly all of them!
The study indicates that 38% of practicing Christians considered it at some point in time but decided not to go through with it. 38% percent of practicing followers of the Lord Jesus surveyed the plight of the Orphan. In light of the grace and mercy that they themselves received, they examined the sheer volume of children without a home, they looked at the poverty, the addiction, mothers caught up in the whirlwind, the pervasive struggle that they perhaps hold the key to arresting…and they walked.
It has occurred to me that every single one of my sons would have been an ideal candidate for abortion. They were born of the usual suspects of affliction, so stereotypical yet so prevalent in their circumstances. Conventional wisdom would have nearly demanded their termination.
What is the wicked chant from the pro-abortion crowd but, they’ll just have an awful life anyway? Why would we birth a child to a life of destitution? How can we force a woman to carry to term a child she doesn’t want or cannot support?
What if you could provide the answer?
Some time ago I had a discussion with a woman who was a pro-choice advocate. She informed me rather matter-of-factly that if she got pregnant at this point in her life she would have an abortion without hesitation. She was just not in a place where she could afford or even want to afford to care for a child.
I asked her, “What if I told you I’d take your child in and raise it and love it as my own?”
She never answered.
Allow me to clarify my position. I am pro-life and life does not end at birth. I am pro-life from conception all the way through birth and into life outside the womb. Why would we stop at birth and allow the child that we’ve previously sought to defend so vigorously to perish the slow death of destitution?
The word of God pierces as always, penetrating to our hearts, the core of our being. (Hebrews 4:12) As James tells us, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (James 4:17) It is a sin to know what is the right thing to do and not to do it.
I want to ask the question asked of me so long ago. If you are against abortion, are you willing to take in the unwanted children that the end of abortion would generate? I pray that the Holy Spirit would speak through this question, that your life might be radically changed as mine once was.
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Soldier, Pastor, Author – Bradford stays busy, with his wife Ami, raising their 9 children, serving the nation, pastoring, preaching, and writing books (#3 is due out October ’17).
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