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It would be the greatest “problem” in our nation’s history!

All 699,202 unwanted babies, alive not aborted, and ready to be loved.

That’s how many abortions were performed in America in 2015.

Dear Church, are you ready to take them in?

This election cycle has once again highlighted the important conversation between pro-life and pro-choice. But this article has nothing to do with what a politician could do (because politicians come and go) this is an invitation to the body of Christ… way beyond what happened on November 8th.

If we want to stop abortion, then we need to fully embrace adoption. Not the theory but the practice. It’s usually $400 for an abortion, $40,000 plus for an adoption. Are we ready to invest?

If we want to defund Planned Parenthood we need to take responsibility for all the helpful services it actually provides to low income families.

If we want to call ourselves pro-life then we need to be pro everyones lives, those in the womb, the ones in Syria and the ones in our prison system.

Our compassion cannot terminate after nine months. If it does, then we should label ourselves pro-birth, and after birth label ourselves, pro-me.

Don’t kill unborn babies. Or born babies. Or grown up babies. Or anyone who was once a baby. – Brian Zahnd

Yes, Abortion is evil!

And I wish I could use another adjective. Something less insulting to the readers who are ok with it. But as a father of two I can’t find another word to describe the choice of stopping the noise.

Because hearing the sound of my sons heartbeats was the most beautiful music I have ever heard. Its rhythm and speed made my heart dance differently.

It was like I heard God singing.

From that moment onwards everything in me embrace the privilege of being a father.

22 days after conception, my babies hearts were Pumping. Pumping.

And it’s hard to think that in the land we live it is both legal and profitable to turn off the music.

The right to life is the first among human rights. –Pope Francis

The last few days we have seen an incredible amount of videos and articles in social media explaining the depravity of abortion. And it is so hard not have an emotional reaction to this. I am disgusted with the details and angered with the normalcy.

Nonetheless, in the midst of my righteous anger, I have to remember that Jesus died for them too… and still loves them perfectly.

Jesus is pro their life, and the life of every man and woman who works at Planned Parenthood.

God fearfully and wonderfully made every woman who has gone through an abortion. Every man who has pushed for one. And every one of us who judged them for it.

So my response has to come from outside of me.

My opinions won’t change anything, I have to take the God approach: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Rom. 12:21

As author Amy Ford wrote in How God Turns Fornication Into Perfection,“Some churches advocate pro-life and tell people who abortion is wrong, but when a girl chooses life and resists abortion, they then turn their backs on her. They shake their head in judgment. Meanwhile, the abortion rate is exactly the same inside the church as it is outside of it.”

I don’t want to be the pastor/father/blogger who just talks about what is wrong or right or left or Christ. I don’t want to be pushing my values on others while turning such huge issues into 900 word articles for Facebook and Pinterest.

Yes, my natural reaction is to be angry, to point the finger, and to have a call to action against these clinics (and there is a proper place for that).

But more than anything, I want to overcome evil with good.

That’s how Jesus did it.

That’s the Grace Agenda.

That will change the world.

The late Brennan Manning said it best:

“The danger of the pro-life position, which I vigorously support, is that it can be frighteningly selective. The rights of the unborn and the dignity of the age-worn are pieces of the same pro-life fabric. We weep at the unjustified destruction of the unborn. Did we also weep when the evening news reported from Arkansas that a black family had been shotgunned out of a white neighborhood. When we laud life and blast abortionists, our credibility as Christians is questionable. On one hand we proclaim the love and anguish, the pain and joy that goes into fashioning a single child. We proclaim how precious each life is to God and should be to us. On the other hand, when it is the enemy that shrieks to heaven with his flesh in flames, we do not weep, we are not shamed; we call for more.”

– The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out.

I believe it’s our right to speak up. Our understanding of abortion as murder has a place in the national discourse. I stand with #DefundPP

However, it’s time for the church to embrace the ultimate call in this Pro-life / Pro-choice debate:

Adoption.

There are no unwanted children, just unfound families.

Catherine and I have been on an adoption journey for the last 5 years. It has been a whirlwind of emotions that has cost thousands of dollars and huge amounts of time and energy.

There is still so much to be done. And a lot of times we feel like giving up. But we find no other place in God that feels as real and as good (and as worth it).

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Rom. 8:15

Different situations bring a woman to an abortion center. Every would-be-mom has a story that needs to be heard. We shouldn’t expect them to choose life because we throw them Bible verses and “motivate” them with our morality.

Our votes won’t change the heart.

Our way is adoption.

Our method is love.

And with them, we can make Planned Parenthood obsolete.

Let’s be the answer every time there is an unwanted pregnancy.

Also, our generation needs to talk openly about sex and abstinence and birth control; us faith leaders need to be less concern with preaching the law and more intentional about living the Gospel. We should put our money and resources into homes and adoption grants and movements like Embrace Grace.

And in our time we will see every Planned Parenthood center full of believers who are ready to help, assist, adopt, care and love… both the godly inside the womb and the godly outside of it.

Are you ready to open your home to one of the 699,202?

If you are, share this with others. Then, pray for the women who are currently thinking about abortion. And finally, remember the love of God for all.

Peace.

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! – God in Isaiah. 49:15

+ Read: A Letter To The Doctor Who Suggested Abortion.

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