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Sunday, 21 October 2018
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How Faith-Based Pro-Life Work Demonstrates a Profound Trust in God

Ever find yourself grumbling aloud at your computer because it’s taking “so long” to load a page? Ever sigh and roll your eyes when your cell phone fails to react instantly to your tap on its screen?

Ours is a culture of expediency. We are so accustomed to fast, easy, and convenient that even waiting a few seconds pushes us into impatient mode. We don’t want to wait for technology. We don’t want to wait for our hamburgers. And when it comes to sex, we don’t want to wait for marriage.

Ironically, one of the things people in our society are willing to wait for is starting a family. This purposeful procrastination is fueled by the subtle (or not so subtle) message that children put restrictions on our lives—therefore, we should enjoy some years of carefree living before babies get in the way of our goals, our fun, and our freedom.

Looking through the lens of a worldly worldview, children are seen as a hindrance to joy. They are a burden. They are a source of stress.

The next step on this slippery slope is to buy into the lie that preborn children are expendable if they are conceived in the wrong circumstances.  

It’s just not the right time. We can’t afford a baby right now. 

I made a mistake. It’s not my boyfriend’s baby.

I’m in graduate school. I can’t interrupt my studies by having a baby.

The big difference between a worldly worldview and a Christian worldview boils down to where we place our trust.

Worldly thinking says, I am the captain of my own destiny. I will chart my course according to what I think works best for me. 

Following Christ means we say, God is sovereign over my circumstances. He is the Lord of my life. He knows what is best, and I will follow His commands.

At the end of the day, this is the great motive behind our work. God says of child sacrifice that it is “something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind.” - Jeremiah 7:31.  

In other words, God Himself finds abortion unthinkable. 

In all the unimaginable vastness of His knowledge and understanding and wisdom, there is no place for the notion of ending the lives of His innocent children—yet mankind has taken what God finds unthinkable and made it legal and accessible. 

Therefore, as Christians, we reach out to distressed parents with compassion to offer them the hope they need in order to make a life decision for their preborn children. We stand in the gap for the most vulnerable people group on the planet— preborn children being sacrificed on the altar of expediency. 

We do this because we trust in God.

We understand that, throughout His Word, God always refers to children as a blessing—no exceptions. We know that He is the One who creates and loves every human being, and He has a purpose for each one.

With humility, we agree with God that human beings are not wired to make life and death decisions about their unborn children. The timing of our lives is something which belongs in His hands. I cannot help but think of a preborn baby in danger of being aborted as I read this heart cry: 

But I trust in you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me.” - Psalm 31:15

It is our trust in God that informs us. God creates, and He alone should decide the day of our death. 

Of course, people who are considering abortion are usually motivated by fear—fear of being found out, fear of being poor, fear of losing the life they envisioned. They can’t see how good can come out of their situation. 

That’s because they’re trusting in their own resources and abilities instead of in God.

Here’s how I put it in Unleashing Your Courageous Compassion

Every time a baby is aborted, another human being has decided God cannot be trusted. A destiny is denied and a life is taken because, fundamentally, a mother doesn’t believe God will take care of her and her baby. She can’t see past her circumstances to a trustworthy heavenly Father.” 

The truth is that God is worthy of our trust. He is the God of hope and the source of joy. He takes our ashes and fashions them into beauty. He resurrects broken dreams. He blesses us with far beyond what we have the capacity to even imagine (Eph. 3:20).

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We have seen countless testimonies of His goodness in our own lives and in the lives of our clients. Time and time again, we have seen how a baby, no matter how unexpected, changes a mother’s and father’s life for the better.

What a privilege to do this great work on behalf of our trustworthy God.

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Susanne Maynes

Susanne Maynes formerly served as Counseling Director at Life Choices Clinic in Lewiston, Idaho. She blogs on church and culture, spiritual growth, and Christian parenting at www.SusanneMaynes.com and is the author of Unleashing Your Courageous Compassion: 40 Reflections on Rescuing the Unborn, an educational devotional designed to help pregnancy centers train and refresh their staff, volunteers, and board members. 

Website: www.susannemaynes.com

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