Recently there has been video footage released that showed strong evidence that Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted infants. Immediately, thousands of Christians (and non-Christians) took to social media, appalled. After all, not only is the idea of selling infant organs and limbs sickening, it’s illegal.
The majority of those who are opposed to the works of Planned Parenthood seem to be Christian. After all, we believe life starts at conception and the Bible calls children a blessing.
Sadly, children are often seen as a burden in our society. They cost a lot, they prevent us from being about to get out and have fun, or having nice things. Averaged out, families now a days have less than 2 children. People call surgery to break a healthy, working body system “being fixed” when it comes to preventing children.
Unfortunately, we often don’t see much difference in the lives of Christians and non-Christians when it comes to children. It’s easy for Christians to talk the talk about the value of children but it’s more difficult to walk the walk. We are called to stand out, to live differently from the world!
I’ve personally heard stories of a young family trying to find a new church. They attended one, and when the baby started to fuss, an usher came to their pew and ushered them out of the sanctuary.
I’ve had Christians tell me that I should stop having children; we have too many already. And I know other larger families have encountered this as well.
I’ve heard Christians say that they didn’t want children because they were too much trouble. A burden.
And yet, Jesus welcomed the children. The Bible calls children a blessing, a heritage. Why aren’t all Christians living this?
Not everyone is in a place in life where having more, or even any, children is a possibility.
But there is always something we can do that will show love for children.
The first one that comes to mind is to have children. More children. Reassess our priorities and decide if we are willing to sacrifice parts of our rich (compared to the majority of the world) lifestyle in order to welcome more children into our family. For many, God might call them to adopt instead of or even along with having their own. He has big plans for us! When we are willing, He will pave the way.
Some are called to love children in a financial way. We can sponsor children in other countries through organizations like Gospel for Asia. We can contribute to local charities that help abused, ill, or low-income children.
We can volunteer our time, whether at church in children’s ministries or in other community programs. If you can’t give you time, maybe you can provide snacks for a children’s VBS.
I challenge you to take some time over the next days or weeks or even months, and ask God what He would have you do to stand up for and love children. I will be doing the same! Let’s show the world that they are a blessing, not a burden! Not just with words but with how we live our lives.