Choosing Life, Part I

Today as we celebrated Sanctity of Life Sunday, I was once again reminded of how vital it is for followers of Christ to be actively pro-life. We all have the opportunity to do something to make a difference. One of my greatest passions in life is seeing women empowered to choose life. This week I am honored to share a series of articles discussing how Christians can be involved in protecting the sanctity of human life. For now, though, here is my list of 4 ways we can be actively pro-life:

Volunteer at a Local Pregnancy Center

Volunteering once a month at a local pregnancy center was, by far, the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. Only after I began volunteering at the Pregnancy Resource Center did I realize how abortion touches the lives of almost everyone we know. Pregnancy centers offer free pregnancy tests and counseling for women. They also provide post-abortion counseling for women who have already chosen abortion and need help processing what happened.

Donate Baby Items

Many pregnancy centers provide more than counseling. They assist mothers by providing diapers, wipes, maternity clothes, baby clothes, etc. Instead of consigning your no-longer-used items, consider giving them to a center that can share them with a mother facing an unexpected pregnancy. While diapers and wipes are not cheap, a single pack of wipes at Target costs less than most drinks from Starbucks. Even if you can’t volunteer at a center, you can always give baby items.

Be Prepared to Explain Your Pro-Life Position 

Two of my favorite resources for discussing why you are pro-life include Randy Alcorn’s Why Pro-Life? and Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments. The former is a quick read and shares how to communicate your position with love and grace. Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments is much more detailed, but also provides in-depth answers for questions like “What if the mother’s life is truly in danger?” and, “What if the baby is a product of rape?”

Financially Support Organizations Working to Promote Life

Giving financially to the organizations that are working hard to educate the public about abortion is a simple way to “put your money where your mouth is” and make a difference in the lives of the unborn.

We are surrounded by men and women who have lost children to abortion. I never realized this before I volunteered at a local pregnancy center. There I met wonderful Christian women who shared their stories of how they chose to abort their children. They all had one thing in common: they didn’t feel they had a choice. Choice. The very word that represents abortion. But so many women never felt they were given an option. My hope is that we will refuse to simply be passive bystanders. May we become actively pro-life.

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