I read a very interesting article yesterday concerning the outcome of over turning Roe V. Wade and it prodded me to ponder on the idea and if the church really is ready for such a victory.
The sound of approx. 100 000 children per year (in Canada) maintaining their right to life is incredible, but what are the realities of this situation? We have preached the adoption message for years, given our hard earned dollars to orphans and widows and have been truly touched as pictures of dirt covered, teary eyed children fill the screen of our teles. My question is are we ready as a church to take in the thousands of mothers turned away from their homes when an unexpected pregnancy is discovered or are we ready to not only open our wallets when an adoption agency shares their story but to open our home to a child? There would be 300 babies a day brought into this country, who would have been otherwise aborted who deserve a family. This is not even including our neighbours to the south who abort approximately 3 500 children a DAY! Where would these little ones go? Yes, I am sure many children would be kept and loved by their mothers who would have previously been forced by parents, boyfriends, husbands or abusers to have an abortion, but there would be mothers unable or unwilling to support their baby (as there already are today). So church…would you adopt a child after you are 50 years old and all your children have flown the nest? Would you allow yourself to stretch your pennies so you can support the expecting teen mother who has no other support system? This is where James 1:27 becomes a reality to us and not a verse to casually skip over and then feel you’ve fulfilled your duty as you pay your 30 dollars a month to support an orphaned child overseas.
James 1:27 External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world.
I know my heart has been poked continuously over the past day. Why do we see it as strange for a family to even have four children? When we are commanded to care for the orphans and widows I see this as a major heart check for the north american church today and our comfort level. I have never had a child but I can still ask myself if I am willing to change extra diapers, make more food and pay to raise more children then I have planned. A verse that jumps to mind is 1 Cor 8:14-15 “At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.” ”
Are we ready to be used as the answer to our own prayers? Are you ready to show love in action and in truth, not only in word and tongue (1 John 3:18)?
45 million babies a year, 45 million women in need of emotional and/or physical support…are you ready to do your part?