Kelsey and I spent much of 2005 on the steps of the Supreme Court with Lou Engle, praying silently for the unborn children who are killed every day in America.
During that time, we got to see first hand how some people relate to the issue of abortion. To be quite honest, there are people on both sides of this argument that I find hard to deal with. The pro-abortion side is very angry. More than once my children had strangers yell vile things into their ear as they stood silently…things that I didn’t really want to explain or define to them.
In the interest of fairness, the pro life side can be angry too. I’ve seen signs that made me cringe; not because they weren’t true, but because they were more interested in condemning people than challenging ideas. Mark Twain once said “In any important argument in life, there are always people on your side who you wish were not.” I’ve met a few.
In spite of abortion being one of the most inflammatory issues of our day, I am encouraged because I sense opportunity in the wind.
Lou Engle wrote “There are moments in history when a door for massive change opens and great revolutions for good or evil spring up in the vacuum created by these openings. In these divine moments, key men and women and even entire generations risk everything to become the hinge of history, the pivotal point that determines which way the door will swing.”
With the current onslaught against the unborn, we are faced with the daunting task of rescuing children targeted for genocide and – just importantly – changing the hearts and minds of those involved in the process. In our time, the LIFE movement is graciously offered by God a moment to get it right. This is our hinge of history.
Maybe you’ve never made that connection…and for a long time, neither did we, but God spoke to us about adoption, we instantly associated it with the 4,500 babies whose lives are ended every day in America.
One of the legitimate arguments of the pro-abortion side is “If you’re successful in stopping abortion, what will you do with all of these unwanted babies? Being born doesn’t make them wanted…” An idea began to germinate in our hearts – If we can make adoption accessible to many people, and can raise an army of people who say ‘yes’ to it, a major abortion argument is null and void.
Adoption is more than saying ‘no’ to abortion, it’s an answer to the ultimate question – are these children wanted by someone?
This idea is behind The Zoe Foundation, dedicated to promoting adoption as an alternative to abortion in America. More info at www.thezoefoundation.com