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March for Life

My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.


Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139:15-16 (NIV)

The 46th March for Life was this weekend. I watched a time-lapse video of this year’s march in Washington DC and was amazed at the number of people involved, even in the cold.

But 46 years ago, I had a two week old baby girl who was taking up all of my time. The word abortion never crossed my mind and whoever heard of Roe v. Wade? March? I could barely keep up with the day ahead of me. I thought things would never get back to normal. It was not that I didn’t believe in the importance of life, I just never bothered to follow the news about this court case that changed our nation’s direction and mindset on the life of the unborn. I can only think of one friend who ever talked to me about this topic and I didn’t pay much attention to what she said.

However, as the years passed, I realized that I had been neglecting standing up for something that God was sorely displeased over. A Google search indicates that 45.7 million legal induced abortions were reported from 1970 to 2015. How could I turn a blind eye to such a horror? As the great parliamentarian Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and women) to do nothing.”

And that was the beginning of my involvement in the pro-life movement. I worked as a counselor at a Crisis Pregnancy Center for a couple of years and then went on to work actively in the political arena for 25 years endeavoring to make changes for good and the protection of the unborn. Looking over the 46 years, there have been some wins but we still have a way to go.

Warren Cole Smith is the Vice-President of Mission Advancement for the Colson Center for Christian Worldview writes: So it is fair to ask: Is the pro-life movement doing the right things? We excel at rallies and fundraising. We have come a long way in caring for women and children in crisis situations. The pregnancy care centers of this country are an army of compassion who in the aggregate care for millions of women and children each year.

However, if we want to make abortion not merely illegal, but unthinkable, we must get better at helping people think and behave in biblical Christian ways, not just in crisis moments, but at all times and in all places. We must do better at storing the linkage between marriage, sex, and child-rearing – which means talking about these issues more directly and more biblically in our pulpits and in our seminaries. These are core Gospel issues, not merely moral or ethical or political issues.

As believers in Jesus, we need to continue to stand for life. It may look different in method but not in theology. It should include all Christians, not just activists. And it must include all areas of life if we are to have any hope of reversing the abortion holocaust.

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Dying is Even Better

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Philippians 1:21 (NIV)

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Google Kara Tippets and you will find a myriad of articles. I found her last October after reading her letter to Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill cancer patient in Oregon who wanted to end her own life. Kara was opposed to this stance, even when the circumstances seem to warrant it because she, too, was dying from breast cancer.

That letter began a saga for me, and thousands of others on Facebook, as we followed her story. She wrote a blog, Mundane Faithfulness, where she shared the ups and downs of her treatment, her family, her agony and pain, yet always, her hard peace and love for Jesus. She loved big and you could see it reflected in her husband and children, her family and friends.

I read her book, The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard, and gained a fuller and greater understanding of God’s love and peace in the hard corners of our lives. I remember my journal entries asking God for a time of peace. You, too?

Having fought valiantly for months for just a little more time, she came to terms that there were no more treatments and recently, knew she was fading. Each step away from independence was a battle. She fought for more time with her “littles,” yet, always gracious, never bitter, always leaning hard into loving.

That last week, she asked a pastor friend how to die well. His answer, “Rest in the arms of Jesus and let Him take you home.”

Kara lived out what she tried desperately to share with Brittany.

“Suffering is not the absence of goodness, it is not the absence of beauty, but perhaps it can be the place where true beauty can be known. In your choosing your own death, you are robbing those that love you with such tenderness, the opportunity of meeting you in your last moments and extending you love in your last breaths.”

We see life and death so finitely. But, our timeline is just a dash on God’s timeline.

I like to imagine Kara taking that final sail towards the distant shore. A crowd is on the bank, rambunctiously cheering for her with a loud welcome. We see Jesus as He enfolds her in His arms, as she steps out of the boat, and leads her home.

We waved good-bye on March 22nd, and now throw her a kiss, knowing that all pain is gone and she is free. On this side of heaven, we feel sadness, tears, and pain but HOPE fills our hearts. We will see Kara again.

Thank you, Kara, for teaching me how to live well, in the roughest of circumstances, and how to die well — looking to Jesus.

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