I am a mom of 4—two biological daughters and two adopted sons, one from the U.S. and the other from Uganda. Our son adopted from Uganda has significant special needs. He is restricted to a wheelchair and depends on us for every need.
Many people comment about us adopting but always put more emphasis on our son with special needs. I cannot even tell you how many people comment on the fact that we are somehow super special because we would adopt a child with special needs. Or how they could never parent a child with the needs of our son. (Yes, many people have said this to us, and I am sure many more have thought it). It makes me ill every single time.
My son is not less worthy, not less made in the image of God, not less valuable than my other children, just because he can’t physically or mentally do certain things. Many times, these comments come from people who would wave their pro-life banner.
Fellow believers in Christ, can we please take a step back and really think about what being pro-life really means? It is much more than voting against abortion. Does our stance on abortion play a role in it? Sure it does! As followers of Christ we should take a stand for the unborn. We should fight for their rights, and we should advocate on their behalf. We should continue to shout from the rooftops that LIFE starts at conception. We should continue to believe what Scripture says, that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and that God knit us together in the womb. But we CANNOT stop there, because being pro-life is much more.
Being pro-life is…
This list could really go on and on, but the bottom line is that being pro-life is not only about abortion. It is about believers in Christ stepping out of their comfort zones and meeting the needs of people around them.
How will this affect your finances? Or your comfort? Or where you live? Or what you spend your time doing? Or who you spend your time with? Or what you are passionate about? To be honest, it will probably wreck all of those things.
Will it be hard? Yep, sure will! We have so many excuses, don’t we? Adoption is too expensive. They are so different than me. We don’t agree on everything. People won’t understand me. That doesn’t make sense. Fostering is too hard. Loving that person may cause others to turn their backs on me. What will people think?
But Jesus never called us to easy. He calls us to DIE to ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. Our obedience should far outweigh our comfort!
When Jesus breaks our heart for those around us, everything changes. This life no longer is about us. We can’t continue to stock pile things for ourselves, and live life where comfort is our main goal. We are called as believers to be pro-life not only for the unborn but also for those who are already born—to cross the street, neighborhood, bridge, city, country or ocean to meet the needs of people who are hurting.
I am praying that as Christians our stance on being pro-life is more than voting against abortion. It may start there, but it certainly cannot end there. Will you join me?
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