Put Up or Shutup- The real deal with being pro-life
There is a lot to be said about putting feet to words and letting our actions speak for us, instead of having an opinion without any real concern.
Real concern takes action. Real concern means putting some effort into your beliefs rather than just surfing social media for a bandwagon to jump on and spewing your thoughts to an audience that could care less what you think.
Real concern for a Christian should always be backed up with footsteps. There is an old song from years back that said “faith without works is like a screen door on a submarine” and another that says “luv is a verb.” It is just pretty pointless to have an opinion, if you aren’t going to back it up by doing something.
This morning I read a piece from a young lady that feels the same way, and she has some insight into the subject that is possibly the best I have seen in a long time.
This young lady fosters children. She puts action behind her opinion, and her opinion on Pro-life and the church today is something worth sharing.
Her name is Natasha Combs and she writes a blog titled “Let’s Be Brave.” Her words here pretty much prove she is brave.
She writes, “I believe that all life is sacred and valuable, even the lives of embryos, and I also understand and grieve with the young single mama who literally cannot afford another baby and those in similar situations who seek out abortion. What I want to talk about is this: what I think it means to REALLY be pro-life. The thing that gets me all riled up the most about this issue is pro-lifers who want to save the lives of babies, but don’t really want to do anything after that baby is born. Picketing Planned Parenthood helps nobody. Protesting doesn’t actually DO anything. Shaming that girl walking into Planned Parenthood? There’s the problem right there. What that girl doesn’t need is for you to yell at her or shame her out of her choice. Maybe what she needed was some help before she got to this place. We, the church, have failed her, and that’s on us.”
Whether you agree with Combs or not, you have to admit she has a point. Too many Christians today have become so focused on building edifices, condemning lifestyles, and pointing fingers, that the Great Commission is little more than a footnote. I dare say that most Christians today cannot even cite the Scripture verse that the edict is given, and make no mistake, the Great Commission is right up there on the same playing field as the Ten Commandments.
I mean, how much more direction do we need than that of a resurrected Jesus telling us to “Go!”
Nowhere in Matthew 28 do we read that Jesus spoke to His followers and told them to go out and build huge sanctuaries, or go and point out other people’s sins but ignore our own. In fact, He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Do we make disciples by ridiculing others? Do we teach by having deacon meetings and forming committees, or by being selective in who we want in our churches, what missions we think are important, or by judging the work of others while we sit on our keesters doing little else but finding fault and condemning those who don’t believe the same way we do?
Combs goes on to say, “If abortion is eradicated, there will be over 1 million new lives entering the world in the United States per year. And this is my question for you: what are you going to do about it? And I don’t just mean pray. Gasp. Ok, I know that as a Christian, prayer is our absolute greatest weapon and tool, and yes, absolutely be praying for all the things. But the Bible specifically commands us to care for the orphan and the vulnerable. It is not a suggestion, friends. This means do something. Anything! We don’t all have to do the same thing, but we are all certainly capable of doing something. Hear me, friends – if abortion is eradicated, it will not only cost those seeking them, it will cost us too. If those babies are born into this world, just as pro-lifers are hoping and praying they do, then the Church will need to help shoulder the burden of those that don’t have a support system or finances to care for one more mouth to feed. It will cost us. And we should pay up, happily, without complaint and without deferring to the government. If we believe these lives matter, we should care about the quality of their lives, and not just that they simply come into existence. And if we believe Jesus is who he says he is, then he is entitled to the whole of our lives, without any limits whatsoever. So this will cost us. It will cost us our lives – our time, resources, comfort, energy, and sometimes sanity. It will cost us our fun family trips, free time, and guest rooms.”
No, I don’t believe this young lady is supporting abortion, nor do I. Abortion is murder and the Commandments are pretty clear on that subject. But, her facts are clear.
The answers are clear too.
We stop abortions by stopping unwanted pregnancies. We curtail unwanted pregnancies by doing our job, and our job is the Great Commission.
Simplistic? Maybe. Unattainable? Maybe. But for the sake of all that we are told to do by Jesus Himself, we should surely try. And far too few are trying.
Our words need legs, our hearts need cleansing, and our world needs Jesus.
What are you going to do about it?
If you would like to read all of Natasha Combs’ “what it really means to be pro-life (and how to back up all that Jesus talk” go to her homepage, found at www.thecombsfam.com