Save the Storks

Last year I wrote a post on Medium called, "Are you really pro-life?" It was during all the controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood. If somehow you were living in a bubble (or completely zoned out during that time, like I have a habit of doing) and aren't caught up on it all, go read my post and then come back here to continue. I only ask that you read it, because for some of us - we won't do anything until we get angry

Oh hey. Now that you're back (and angry), let me redirect your attention to some great news. Hope, in the midst of all the chaos going on in our world. There is a wonderful organization that I have recently been introduced to by a blogging friend. Her husband left his job in law enforcement and turned his passion of "protecting lives who cannot protect themselves" towards the unborn. He now works for, you guessed it... 

Save the Storks.

Ashley and I have been blogging buddies, but recently connected on Snapchat (yes, I'm 15 years old and have a Snapchat now, another blog post for another time), where she saw my husband and I were attending a fundraiser for our local women's pregnancy center a couple months ago. She messaged me about Save the Storks and that was the first I had ever heard of it. 

To sum it up, the company operates as a mobile pregnancy center. Literally. They are a life-saving machine on wheels. "Stork busses," as they are coined, are strategically placed outside of abortion clinics, on university campuses, and at public events - to target abortion-minded women. They provide counseling + free ultrasounds, and meet women's needs not just physically, but emotionally, spiritually and financially as well. 

Four out of five women that enter a stork bus, leave saving their baby! 

That news excites me. But my heart is still thinking about the one that didn't choose life. And this sobering reminder only means that we need more resources going towards the efforts to make that number 100%. 

To quote the post I referenced in the beginning,

Being ‘pro-life’ means we need to go BEYOND just saving babies from being aborted (and believe me, I WANT babies to be saved from abortion!) Being pro-life should mean providing counseling for young mothers, single mothers and rape victims. Helping meet the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of women who consider/want an abortion.

Last summer when I wrote that, I had no idea what a "stork bus" was. But reading it back now, I can't help but smile to know there are organizations like Save the Storks out there representing exactly what it means to be pro-life. 

If you choose to become a monthly partner with STS, you will receive this cute free t-shirt (I'm wearing above) and for $30 per month for 1 year, help save the lives of mama and baby from the heartache of abortion.

84% of women who have had abortions say they didn't have all the information they needed before they chose abortion.

What if your support could mean they did?

 

Abortion is still murder.

I am a passionate person.

If you know me personally, you know there are several things that I could sit and talk about all day - how I came to know Jesus as my Savior, how I fell in love with my husband, my little boy, Micah and how awesome it was to carry him for nine ten months, birth him and now be his mom, how important it is to go on overseas mission trips, how Mike Huckabee should have been president four years ago and how much I love Taylor Swift as a songwriter.

But if you really want to get me fired up, especially during an election season, just mention the word abortion.

I am not one to shy away from controversial subjects and I'm also not one to apologize for being politically incorrect. Which is why I am going to take a moment and share some of my very passionate thoughts on this topic.

Abortion is murder. Not going to beat around the bush here.

There is just no other way for my mind to comprehend it. Even had I not experienced trouble getting pregnant and the miracle of finding out we were expecting (and seeing little Micah's life begin on the ultrasound!), I would still believe this. But going through those things has made it even more abundantly clear how cruel the act of abortion is. I'm pretty sure that I'm speaking in good company, as most of my friends and blog readers are Christians, and well, most Christians have no trouble believing this. But here's where I am going to lose a few of you - I believe a vote for anyone other than a pro-life candidate is a vote for murder. 

I've had several discussions with Christian friends who don't agree with this. And actually go so far as to say that voting for someone because they are pro-life is ignorant, stupid, ridiculous... and so on. After all, it's not like any president is truly going to end abortion... they say. And it's true, the act of abortion may never end. Just as murder will never end, rape will never end and poverty will never end. But does that mean we don't fight against it?

This thought came to me the other day and I knew I wouldn't be able to dismiss it until I shared.

The Bible warns us that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces of evil. Every day that we get up we are in a battle against Satan, also referred to in Scripture as a "thief." John 10:10 sends chills down my spine when I think about Satan and how he is living out this verse in regards to abortion,

"The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." - Jesus

Satan has created the biggest massacre in the history of mankind and is disguising it as a "legal act!" He is killing lives that were created by God!! Does this anger and infuriate you as much as it does me?! Who knows how many future warriors for Christ Satan has already destroyed! I am thinking somewhere in the millions! And we wonder why this world is so full of hate, and yet so few seem to stand for truth. Maybe God has been trying to send down warriors - but they are being killed off!!

I know this sounds desperate. But that's because I am! I am desperate for Christians to rise up against evil and stand for the Biblical truth that we claim to believe saves us. This applies to every area of our life, not just abortion. I know God is God and there is ultimately nothing out of His control, but we see many times in Scripture where the Lord handed people over to their sin.

"So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices." - Psalms 81:12

"Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done." - Romans 1:28

It scares me to think that might be true for us today. Could it be that our minds have been so blinded by the enemy, that even Christians do not believe that voting pro-life is "worth it" anymore? I am much more likely to trust that a candidate who cares about life from conception is going to care about life after conception. 

I know many arguments can spur from this discussion -- and I want to avoid that. Hate is not the answer, never has been and never will be. But I do believe that we can have a godly anger towards sin. Starting in our own lives. And this anger towards sin should be reflected in every aspect of our life, including how we vote. But if we are not careful, we can have a depraved mind and forget the truth that we hold to. This is just me giving you a little reminder, that hey, abortion is still murder.