Life. It's an incredible thing; unable to be created in any lab, by any scientist, or through any man-made means. Despite all of our advances in technology and medicine, it is still a wonder. As I've enjoyed the past two weeks holding in my arms the most incredible miracle made of miniature fingers, short, sweet breaths and the most tiny-beating heart. I've marveled at the intricacy of the Creator who day after day brings forth LIFE.
In our world today, life is celebrated and honored,as long as it's wanted. We've become a world who despite our fascination with trying to create and understand life, is one that lives with little regard for it. Abortion has been legal and common for over 40 years in America.
- The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision made abortion legal in all 50 states.
- Only one abortion procedure – partial-birth abortion – is prohibited in the United States.
- Over 55 million legal abortions have been performed in the United States since 1973.
- Over 3,300 unborn babies die from abortion in the United States every day. In Wisconsin, 19 abortion deaths occur each day.
- Source: http://wrtl.org/abortion/fast-facts/
But for many of us, it is far too easy to know that abortion is going on throughout the world, but to live without much more thought beyond that. However, as a church and as Jesus followers we cannot be ok with that. God's view of life puts no stock in how "worthy" or "wanted" a life is but rather says EVERY life is worth something because that life is HIS incredible creation. So incredible in fact that he was willing to give his OWN life in exchange for it.
We need to push beyond our comfortable, everyday life and remember the lost and hurting world around us. Jesus didn't merely come to save the lost, but he says himself: "For the Son of Man came to seekand to save the lost.” - Luke 19:10 (emphasis added). Are we prayerfully seeking opportunities to reach out to the lost or are we just waiting until an opportunity stumbles into our comfortable lives? I can guarantee that you won't have to search far beyond your home to find lost and hurting people.
As I look at our foster daughter, I'm often reminded how easily she could have been aborted; how quickly she could have been dismissed as inconvenient and unwanted. Praise the Lord her mother chose to carry her and give her life. The truth is that our little "Autumn" and her mom are just one example of so many in her exact same situation. Every child at risk of being aborted is as real and precious as each of our own little ones, nephews, nieces, or grandchildren. When we stop looking at the statistics as mere numbers and remember that each number is a person whom God dearly loves; created by him with a purpose, our desire to do something takes on a whole new urgency.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. - Psalm 139:13-16
And to take it one step further, our value on life can't stop at birth.
No. If we are truly pro-life, then we need to take God's ultimate stance on the issue: that life at any age, any stage, any struggle, is worth fighting for. There are so many people that this world quickly shrugs off because they are too inconvenient: the 12 week old baby at risk of being aborted, the 5 year old boy lost in the foster care system, the 12 year old girl orphaned in India, the pregnant, teen mom in Milwaukee, the homeless man lost in addiction, and the elderly person alone in a nursing home. God not only thinks these lives are of great value, but he wants us, his children to see them this same way as well.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” - 1 Samuel 16:7
So what can you do?
Start with prayer. Pray that God would burden your heart for the things that burden his. Ask him to show you areas where he is calling you to serve him.
Get involved. There are countless opportunities to get involved with the pro-life movement. WELS Lutherans For Life offers opportunities from giving financially to becoming a volunteer and actually working with women considering abortions. Focus on the Family has an initiative that reaches out and offers FREE life-saving ultrasounds to moms considering abortion. Wisconsin Right to Life has countless opportunities to get involved by giving financially, volunteering your time or starting a chapter in your community.
The most important thing to remember is that though we may be only one person, we never fight these battles alone. Yes we are just one, but we are one plus the all powerful awesome God of the universe. He calls us to not only read his Word, but to take action on it. So, go with confidence that if you are seeking his will and this glory he will give you all you need to do just that.