Everyone Deserves a Chance

Garrett Kell’s post “The Great Tragedy of the 2012 Election” gives a wonderful perspective of the church’s responsibility to promote life. Please take time to prayerfully read this article and then pass it on to your friends. Regardless of the policies on abortion that come from the White House, Christians should make every effort to inform others of God’s love for everyone ever conceived.

Kell writes:

A great tragedy unfolded less than one week ago on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

The tragedy was not found in the celebrations of elected officials or the concessions of defeat. It was not colored red or blue, and it wasn’t wrapped up in meaningless campaign promises.

The tragedy of the 2012 election is that in this land of the free and home of the brave, many people were not allowed to vote. Their voices were silenced. Their votes were not cast. Their opinions not expressed. Why?

Because they were dead.

The great tragedy of the 2012 election is that roughly 33 million would-be voters had been murdered. From 1973 to 1994, roughly 35 million babies were aborted. That’s roughly 35 million 18- to 39-year-olds who could not vote from the grave.

This is an unspeakable tragedy.

They did not have the chance to learn what makes our nation so great. They did not have the chance to watch the results roll in with their friends and family. They did not have the chance to rest their heads on a pillow in the land of the free.

But this tragedy is not over.

In 2016, roughly 5 million more voices will be unheard. Why? Because more than 3,500 babies will be killed today. And each day leading up to Tuesday, November 8, 2016. In the three minutes it takes you to read this article, seven babies will have been aborted in the United States of America. Their voices silenced. Their freedom robbed. Their bravery unknown.

Close to Home

This is a tragedy that hits close to home. When I was 19, I chose to end the life of my first child through an abortion. My friend and I were in a scary place, we didn’t plan to get married, and we had nowhere else to go. So we opted to end the life of our child.

That child would be 16 today. They’d be excited about driving a car and, in just a couple of years, they’d be excited about voting. But they won’t be doing any of that. We won’t be sitting down together as I explain how to think about policies and the candidates who represent them. I won’t be able to tell them about freedom and justice for all. I took that freedom away with my injustice.

I cannot undo what I’ve done in the past. None of us can. Only Jesus, who shed his blood for sinners like me, can heal those wounds. Jesus gives us great hope in the midst of this tragedy, and all the other tragedies we face in this life.

Refuge in Jesus

If you have committed an abortion, I want you to know there is a refuge in Jesus. He will heal your wounds. There is no sin so great that he cannot forgive and no sin so small that does not need to be forgiven. If you will confess your sins and turn to him in faith, he will wash away all your guilt and all your shame. Come to Christ.

If you support abortion, I encourage you to spend time in prayer and ask God to show you if abortion pleases him or not. Ask a Christian to help you learn what God’s Word says. I know you already have deeply rooted ideas. I did too. But I encourage you to take the time to read what God says about life and who has the right to give and take it away. I encourage you to start with Psalm 139.

Difficult Choice

If you are a Christian, be patient with those who view things differently. But also speak truth in love to those who are in need. Find ways to help those who are struggling through unplanned pregnancies. Investigate options for adoption and invest in the lives of those who are facing difficult choices.

I have on my wall a picture of a 3-year-old boy in cowboy boots. He nearly wasn’t with us today because his mother was in a difficult place. She was unmarried, pregnant, and scared. But my wife met with her, prayed with her, and took her to a Christian doctor who showed her the baby in her womb through a sonogram. That young mother had the courage to keep her child.

That young boy’s smile reminds me that God can save children, one at a time. He does this by using his people to come alongside the struggling to lovingly show them the Christ who can walk them through any terrifying situation—even an unplanned pregnancy.

I believe the only hope to turn the trend of this tragedy is for people to turn their hearts toward the God who made them through the way paved by his Son Jesus. Jesus changes hearts, and changed hearts can change a nation. May God give us grace as a country, and may God give us courage to stand up in the midst of this tragedy so that, if he tarries, many more will cast votes in 2030.

Lord Jesus, we need your help.

2 thoughts on “Everyone Deserves a Chance

  1. Our 17 year old adopted daughter died 11-28-1998, because of a sinceless act of a 19 year old boy on Aug 12, 1998.
    We were so thankful to her birthmother, Who was also 17 when she gave birth to our healthy baby girl. We will never forget her wanting, to give her beautiful baby girl, so she could have a loving home with, a mother and a father.
    And, we had a wonderful life with her and the joy that we were given, having no clue that her life would be shortened so soon.
    She turned her life over to our loving Heavenly Father in a Christian Pre School at the age of 5.
    And joined our church shortly after, She was faithful in our church – in GA’s, our childrens minisry, and our youth group.
    But, that didn’t keep her from making some poor choices during her short teen years.
    But, I would not give up being able to spend the last 5 weeks of her life at Children’s Mercy Hospital in KC, MO, after such a terrible act. She died from Fungle Menengitis that was not diaognosed until after her death – caused from the bacteria on the 41/2 pound rock that was thrown threw the windshield of her car, stricking her in the face. Causing her to go off the road and hitting a tree.
    All the time at Children’s Mercy she was more concerened for my comfort than all the pain and struggles she was going thru each day. On one if the last trips to x ray, before becoming unable to speak, she kept saying I’m sorry mom, I’m so sorry.
    But to this day I’m eternally grateful to her birth mom for making the choice, not to abort, but to give birth and to give her up for adoption.

  2. Karen, thank you for sharing such a touching experience. I think your story is exactly what Garrett Kell was trying to convey. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child, but I know that having those last few days with her and being able to see the sincerity of her heart toward the needs of others helps bring peace to you. Thanks again for sharing.

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