wow.

1 Mar

while scanning through my twitter feed, i came across this ::

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and they are serious. completely. read more here.

i’m outraged. indignant. and i imagine, in the coming days, the blogosphere will be saturated with outcries from the evangelical community bemoaning the insanity stemming from this article.

and rightfully so.

but here’s the thing ::

if our answer, as the Church, is to picket abortion clinics holding pictures of indecency; if our answer is found in merely voting for a ‘pro-life’ candidate in the upcoming election; if our answer is to simply to say how outraged and indignant we are, we have failed.

and we’re not helping.

if this ridiculous practice of ‘after-birth abortion’ were to become a reality – the local church’s reaction and responsibility is simple.

open adoption.

every child that would be considered for an after-birth abortion should be begged for by the church. we should wait at the hospitals and even demand that the child be given to us, to be cared for and loved and raised in an environment rich with opportunity for an abundant life.

and if we aren’t willing to do that, i don’t see how we consider ourselves having any credibility in the discussion. any other response just doesn’t make sense to me.

what do you think?

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15 Responses to “wow.”

  1. Jen D March 2, 2012 at 9:16 AM #

    Michael!!! I couldn’t agree with you more. Angst and outrage hardly change the heart of an issue, but love and compassion? What if every accidental/unwanted pregnancy was met by the open and compassionate arms of a family full of love? What if we waited outside of planned parenthood to tell these girls and women that we have a place in our home for their child? Instead of adopting from other countries (which is still a noble choice, indeed) what if we made change by giving homes to a baby that might not have had a chance? Our family WILL do this some day. Thanks for your passion 🙂

    • Jen D March 2, 2012 at 9:18 AM #

      Golly, sorry for all of the typos. I might have gotten a little fired up!

      • the WayWard follower March 2, 2012 at 9:39 AM #

        went ahead and edited for you. 🙂 thanks for reading!

  2. Melissa Anderson March 2, 2012 at 9:27 AM #

    The early Christians did exactly what you are suggesting. It was common practice for people in the first century to “expose” unwanted babies–leaving them in sewers or trash heaps. The first Christians would actively go seeking these babies to rescue them, and this action confused the pagans of the time, who wondered, “Who are these people who CARE and LOVE?” We could learn from those Christians!

    • the WayWard follower March 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM #

      absolutely. we could learn quite a bit. thanks for reading, melissa!

  3. Carlynn Jurica March 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM #

    I actually read an article summarizing this yesterday. What struck me was that I could actually follow their logic—if abortion of an unborn child is morally acceptable and capital punishment is morally acceptable, why not this? Interestingly, the Catholic response was that this was almost pro-life because it illuminates the immorality of pre-birth abortion.

    I agree with what you say, and I think that classically that would be what would mark us as Christians, but I don’t see much of it happening. Of course, I also don’t foresee post-birth abortion as happening (legally) in our country in the near future, not when they can’t even get contraceptives covered by insurance. There would be way too much push back.

    • the WayWard follower March 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM #

      perhaps. in the meantime, as the debate does indeed highlight the immorality of pre-birth abortion (as our catholic brothers and sisters argue), i am hopeful that it will also generate opportunity to inspire an appropriate response from all of us who claim to follow christ.

  4. Mark Esteban Rico March 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM #

    Yes. Too often has the protest response been our “See? I’m doing something about it!” crutch. Demonstrating isn’t merely holding a sign – it’s showing by our (personal, difficultly undertaken) actions that we are really affected by our belief in the sanctity of life.

  5. Kaitlyn March 2, 2012 at 12:01 PM #

    Michael, I do agree with you but I have an extremely hard time believing a lot of “Christians” will step up and do something. Most are comfortable picketing abortion clinics because that’s the status quo. It’s easy. It’s comfortable. But if asked to do more, I don’t see many putting down their picket signs and picking up a child.

    That doesn’t mean there aren’t people who are willing to adopt a child or more and raise them in a loving Christian home. I am one if them. One day I will adopt and give a child an opportunity at life someone else couldn’t.

  6. Sarah March 2, 2012 at 12:01 PM #

    Absolutely agree. That’s why we are committed to adoption, domestic and international. I think the pro life movement falls a little flat when we are not willing to care for the children we asked to be spared.

  7. Chad Hassler March 2, 2012 at 12:02 PM #

    The issue shouldn’t be what should be legal, it should be “What’s the right thing to do?”

    Taking these kids in is the right thing to do. Agruing about the legality of it accepts a false premise.

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