Wednesday, February 13, 2008

What does it look like to be pro-life?

As I’ve blogged about previously, the idea of being pro-life (not just anti-abortion) is a topic near to my heart. I was thinking the other day about what it looks to like to be actively pro-life. Here are a few things I’ve come up with; I’d love to hear other people’s ideas.

1. Babies=blessing. Next time a couple announces they’re pregnant, congratulate them. Even if it’s their third child. Or fourth. Or fifth. Or…you get the idea. Babies are always a blessing.

2. This one might get me in some trouble, but I’m going to go for it anyways. Be joyful and loving to unmarried parents. It’s not the baby’s fault mom and dad haven’t made marriage vows; why should we treat them like it is? Don’t squelch the joy of a baby, made in God’s image. Instead of giving looks of judgment, give a hand of grace. If a 17 year old girl is suddenly pregnant, she’s going to need all the help she can give. As I have stated before, I believe that babies are always a blessing, even if the circumstances in which they were conceived were not.

3. Don’t stare, point, make rude comments or ask “don’t they know what causes that?” when you see a large family. Yes, they do know what causes that and they probably enjoy it. ;) Train yourself to think “how awesome!” when you see a mom with six kids, instead of “poor woman.”

4. Baby-sit! Hanging out with kids/babies not only prepares you for marriage, it expands your worldview and affirms the blessing of marriage by allowing the parent[s] to get away. It is an honor and joy for to be able to baby-sit for families that I know; I love it.

5. Affirm the value of the elderly. I’m convinced that older people are a dreadfully underused wealth of information and knowledge in our society. We shut them up in nursing homes instead of drawing on their wisdom.

Thoughts? Other suggestions? I’d love to see them!


Jacob said...

Mentioning this usually gets rocks thrown at me, but it's worth saying:

Protestants need to rethink birth control.

Anonymous said...

I really like this post. I've been thinking about this too, and it brings it to my mind afresh each time I drive by the our town's Planned Parenthood in recent days and see the pro-life advocates holding their signs (it looks like it will be for 40 days...) this morning on the way to and from church...

Also, I have been being a recipient of your amazing generosity and kindness (see #4 of the post), so I will say a big THANK YOU...I am thankful for your broad thinking and desire to actively do the things God has laid on your heart to live in a way that SHOWS that life is precious and that children are indeed a blessing! ~cw