Thursday, September 11, 2014

Be Their Voice

I really don't know how to start. Children hold a big place in my heart. I take seriously the commandment Christ gave saying "Let the little children come to Me." In other words, don't neglect the children. Love them. Nourish them. Teach them to become mighty warriors of Christ. When I spent 5 months working with children at Hisani Orphanage in Tanzania, I had plans to teach them English or wash their clothes. To do the servants work was my goal, but God showed me that these children did not need to learn English, have me cook for them, or wash their clothes. They needed me to do one thing for them: to love them. I watched the most hostile of children laugh and sing and become children again. I saw the bullies turn into loving big "brothers" and "sisters." As I sought to love like Jesus, they learned to love like Jesus. We didn't need words, we needed actions.

But what I am going to talk about today needs words. It needs words because that is the action I can take. It needs words because these children never have words. Their voices are not heard. Their cries are silenced. Some will call me radical to say what I am about to say, and some will hate me for it. But Jesus had haters too, and when we do what is right there will always be those who do not like it. I am talking about the children of war. But not only are there children of war in Africa and the Middle East; there is a war in America, the war on abortion. It is a war of life and death. I fight on behalf of the children who cannot speak. I will be their voice. 

In the United States alone, more than 3,000 lives are ended with abortion. 3,000 people. Let that sink in. THREE THOUSAND LIVES GONE. They will never take a first step. They will never say "mama" and "daddy". They will never learn to ride a bike or read. They are gone. Their lives are stripped from them, and they have no say in it. "But their mothers lives were in danger," you might say. Or "Their mothers were raped." Only 12% of abortions take place because of medical conditions and 1% because of rape. Do we end a life because its father was a jerk? Even so it is only 1%. And there are still the other 87%, 2,610 every day, that are gone because they are not wanted. *

Why do I believe it is such an important thing for Christians to take a stand for life? Because it is the job of the Church to take care of the poor and neglected. It is our job to let the little children come. I've had the privilege of  meeting Gianna Jessen, an abortion survivor, twice. She says best everything I am trying to say right now “I know, along my journey, I am already hated because I declare life! How much are you willing to take, and how much are you willing to risk, to speak the truth in love and graciousness, and stand up and, at least, be willing to be hated? And what arrogance, what absolute arrogance, and it has been an argument for so long in this human place that we live, that the stronger should dominate the weaker, should determine who lives and dies.  The arrogance of that!  Don’t you realize that you cannot make your own heart beat.  Don’t you realize that all the power that you think that you possess you really possess none of it.  It is the mercy of God that sustains you, even when you hate Him.There are things that you are only able to learn by the weakest among us.  And when you snuff them out you are the one that looses.  The Lord looks after them but you are the one who will suffer for ever." 

So are we going to stand back and watch this war rage on? Or are we going to end it? Which side are you on? I fight for the children and the lives lost everyday in clinics all around the world. Sure I don't know everything and cannot write it all out perfectly, but the most important thing is that we save these precious lives. When I was younger my dream was to stop this war, end the fight, save the children. I wanted to scoop up each one and love them. Now I realize that it is rather impossible to be love those millions of children alone, but when we all fight together we can save these children of war! Don't let the enemy win. Will you love the weak with me? Let's save lives together. 

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