Elevate Your Compassion

Since the Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade in 1973, 58 million children have been killed through abortion and today one in three women have suffered through an abortion. In Virginia 51 abortions occur every day. I pray the following points in bold will assist the Church to elevate our conversation and compassion for unborn children and their pregnant mothers.
Preborn people are people. From the first moment of fertilization the child has her own DNA, distinctly different for her father and mother. The child’s heartbeat often begins 16 days after conception. Abnormalities that begin inside the womb can often self-correct and babies born long before due dates can survive. Babies who survive abortion should convince everyone preborn babies are people. Gianna Jessen, a survivor of a saline abortion two months before her due date, educates groups all over the world on the issue of abortion. Mother Teresa said this after hearing Gianna’s story, “My prayer . . . for all who listen to her, is that this message of God’s love will put an end to abortion with the power of love.” Listen to her story at (www.giannajessen.com) and share it with others.
Young mothers, especially the unwed, need loving support. There’s nothing more beautiful to see a church reach out to support a single mom and nothing more tragic when a church only offers condescending judgment. The single parent needs love in action.  Recently a first time single mom shared with me the overwhelming support she and her baby received through several churches and how it gave her courage to not give up and deepened her faith in God. Each year at Cornerstone we raise support and awareness for the Martinsville Pregnancy Care Center (www.pregcc.com), which offers love and resources including sonograms to mothers in need and other mothers considering abortion.
Millennials are passionate about social justice. In a recent Barna survey 53% of millennials agree that abortion should be made illegal in all or most circumstances. And in a 2010 Gallup poll found that “support for making abortion broadly illegal was fastest growing among young adults.” A few of the reasons for this cultural shift include younger generations include: a reduced stigma toward single parent families in which many grew up, exposure of the dark industry of Planned Parenthood and they come from a generation which believes they can enact change through social media.
One day the courts may reverse Roe vs. Wade, but that won’t eliminate the needs of the unborn and their mothers and fathers. The crisis of an unplanned pregnancy creates an opportunity for the Church show God’s love in a life changing way.  We read in James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.


Blessings, Bob Paddock