Fighting for Life: In response to all the posts going around about New York

The last few days have been very painful for me. Many times I have been able to hold back tears, but other moments I feel a gut wrenching pain and I can’t help but sob. I honestly never thought this is something I would write about until I actually sat down to write it. While I have always cared about life, I’m not one to engage with politics on social media or argue with others about their opinions. And this is NOT a political post, my pain is for the abortion situation in general-But in light of New York’s recent decision, abortion and the sanctity of life have been on my heart more than ever and now I feel obligated to share my heart.
 
I spend a lot of my time working with children and babies. So as my thoughts are overcome with the decision in New York and the many other abortions happening in the country; my head is filled with images of wiggling baby toes, chubby little fingers as they learn to wave, clap, and blow kisses, and the laughter and joy of an infant as he/she discovers the world around them. I think of what the children I have cared for are growing up to be and the impact they have on the world. And my heart is completely in a devastated state for the millions of lives that will never be. The lives that ended before they even got a chance to LIVE.
 
Before I continue, if you are someone who has ever had an abortion, considered an abortion, or know someone who has; I am not here to judge or condemn and I am definitely not angry with you. I know people in my life who have made that decision at some point. My heart actually really hurts for you, dear one, that you were in that position at all. That you even felt the need to make such a difficult decision and that you didn’t have the the support system and situation that would have been necessary for raising a child. I love you and I feel for you. And God loves you, your decision did not change that.
 
I know that I am not the only one pained about New York’s bill and the overall abortion crisis in America. I have seen and heard many sad responses in the last few days. Maybe you are one of those people who voted pro-life or participated in the walk for life. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing this. However, we are at a point where the church as a WHOLE needs to embrace that fact that being pro-life does not begin and end at birth. Abortion itself is not the root of the issue, if we can stand together and tackle the root. Then we may truly begin to see a shift in the staggering abortion statistics.
 
Voting and marching are good beginner steps, but if we are truly pro-life it cannot end there. Part of the agony I feel, is also that I know that we can be doing more and sometimes we miss the mark by just focusing on politics. Being pro-life is also about supporting crisis pregnancy centers (volunteering or financially), it’s about reaching out to the single mom and her kids in your neighborhood, or as a church supporting organizations or starting programs that support single mothers. It’s about mentoring and loving on teenagers, both girls and boys and making sure they are educated both traditionally and spiritually. It’s about making foster care and adoption a priority in the church rather than a last resort (abortions decreasing inevitably mean an increase of children needing both short term and permanent homes). It’s about the church standing together and showing that we are pro-life the whole way through.
 
My in-laws are friends with a family where the husband was a Flight Nurse and he came in contact with a young woman who was planning on aborting her child. After speaking with his wife and clocking out, he approached the girl and asked if she would reconsider abortion if he and his wife adopted her baby. She agreed and the man and his wife now are raising a beautiful toddler whose life almost ended before birth. This family did not just say abortion was wrong, they did not just berate her for her decision; but they offered her a tangible alternative. Imagine what this would look like if the WHOLE church stood together and did this!
 
It is no secret that we live in a broken and hurting world. Abortion is one result of that brokenness. It is okay to be angered and hurting by the current situation, but let us not just sit in that pain. Yes there are unborn babies that need us, but there are also pregnant moms, single moms, low-income families, and hurting teenagers that need us. So if you feel agony over New York’s bill and other recent bills…you are not alone. Keep voting and keep marching…but will you stand with me and do more? Church…will we step up and WITH LOVE, show our communities, our states, and our country that ALL life matters?
 
Psalm 139:13-14 “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.”
 
James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” 

 

18 thoughts on “Fighting for Life: In response to all the posts going around about New York

  1. Thank you for sharing your heart, Lauren! I am also extremely broken over this new law and pray that the church can do what it can to help-but also that if it is his will, God would change the law again. He holds the hearts of all the leaders in his hand. This law definitely has widespread impact, and is quite discouraging for some, especially right after the March for Life. I am grateful to everyone who continues to stand up for the unborn, especially with the increasing support of abortion 🙂

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    1. Amen….prayer is definitely extremely important. God does hold the hearts of the leaders in his hand, but he also holds us who already know the truth accountable and that’s why he asks us to do more. If the church would take a more active stand in caring for the WHOLE life and continuing to work with those babies after birth, then I think that this would also work on the hearts of the leaders and bring more people into the light who desire for the laws to be changed as well! Let us stand together as the church ❤ 🙂

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  2. Excellently shared. I am praying that this will touch the hearts of many. And I am glad that there are so many people leaving the abortion industry, and that there are so many young people who see the evil in abortion. I am praying that the tide will turn.

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    1. Thank you…that is my prayer as well. I know as of 2014, statistically speaking, that (documented) abortions had reached an all time low since legalization. It is my prayer that the church would stand together and these numbers would continue to decrease and in turn more people would stand up for the truth and the laws would be overturned as well!

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  3. So well written, Lauren. Thank you for your conviction and wisdom. I think the more we recognize what it means to be pro-life in all contexts and value, respect and give thanks each day for each and every life asking how we can value and love our ‘neighbours’ lives the numbers of abortions will continue to drop. The story you shared is an amazing example of that. I am thankful for the lower numbers of abortions. That is a huge victory in so many ways, including the pain women carry from abortion as well as ending the life of a child created so beautifully and wonderfully.

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    1. Yes, I completely agree…understanding the difference between being pro-birth and pro-life and then choosing to also live to the standard as Christians and caring completely across the board, I believe is what would make the biggest difference in abortions statistics; and also in turn change lives and help more people to understand God’s VALUE on the WHOLE life. Amen…God does care so much for the unborn, but he also cares for the women who have been put in that position and for everyone who is broken! ❤

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  4. Wow.
    Am glad I came across this blog. I recently presented a paper on changing our perspective on the perpetrators of abortion.
    It’s so easy to miss the point as we judge the perpetrators and also as we try to save the lives of the children.
    We should practically do so from the point of birth to try and drive out any form of bitterness and confusion by showing everyone Gods love and also teaching people about the love of Christ.
    Only then shall we be able to value our selves and the lives of others and those within us.
    It’s so sad what your going through as a state and I will surely keep you in my prayers.
    Thanks for the blog

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    1. Wow! I would love to read that paper! Amen…I completely agree that we often judge the end result, rather than getting to the root of the problem and understanding that God also love those who have chosen that path and he desires to bring them healing and to change the attitude surrounding abortion. Understanding the sanctity of life is not just about birth but continues the whole way through and that as followers of God who believe in LIFE we are called to show Christ to ALL people and to care about all LIVES. Thank you for the prayers…may God change the hearts of many and use his followers to stand together and fight for lives in love. God bless you!

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  5. This is so well written, Lauren. It breaks my heart to see people fighting for pro-life in one aspect, like murder, and never defend or fight for the many tiny babies that need it so much. Life is so precious, no matter who it is. It’s never to late to change!

    Christina

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    1. Thank you….yes I completely agree and it sadly falls on both ends..people who fight for life after birth but not for the unborn and people who care about the unborn but not so much after birth. If we stand together and care about the WHOLE life I truly believe we will see change!

      God bless you!

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  6. Wonderful heartfelt post Lauren. You either believe or you don’t. Is human life sacred or a commodity to be bought and sold according to political oversight or economic whim. Are we just a bunch of cells fighting for survival or do we have a higher purpose. I think we have a higher purpose. My daughter 100lbs 5’0 ft was having triplets. The doctors and nurses tried to convince her to “reduce” one of the babies so that the others would have a better chance of survival. She refused. They were born three months premature at 2lbs each. They will be celebrating their 13th birthday this year. Thank God for medical technology but they survived. We need people like you Lauren.

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    1. Wow…praise the Lord. Unfortunately there are many people who do not truly understand that sanctity of a human life from conception. I pray that many people’s hearts would be change and desire to fight for life!

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