October Baby and What It Says About Us

I got to meet my two-day old nephew yesterday. There’s something powerful and special about holding a brand new life in your arms. Kinda makes you value life more and the short time we have here.

We didn’t stay long at the hospital. From there, we met a group of friends at the movie theater to watch October Baby. This is a pro-life movie with a strong storyline.

To be honest, the movie was longer than it needed to be, too much of the dialogue was cheesy and over the top, and I really wanted to give Bo Duke a haircut. But aside from these things, it was a good movie with an incredibly important message.

"You're just jealous of my amazing hair."

One of the best parts of the movie comes during the credits. It’s a message from a woman who explains why she had an abortion when she was young and seeking to establish her career. She felt it was her only option, that not even adoption was viable because being pregnant as an unwed mother would have killed her career. Unfortunately, that is the world we live in.

Abortion is a hot topic right now, and I think that’s a good thing. To me, it comes down to one question: when is a baby a baby?

If we can prove this mass of tissue, this fetus, is a human child, then that trumps any reason (with the rare exception of saving the mother’s life) for having an abortion. Science has done much to show us what is happening inside the mother’s womb, but those who are pro-choice have proven tough to convince.

I understand the importance of choice, but do we realize we are a society that has legalized murder?

Many run to science to support claims of man-made climate change or evolution, even though the science is not conclusive and the jury’s still out. But when it comes to the issue of abortion, it is less about science and more about a woman’s freedom.

Many run to our nation’s Bill of Rights to fight for equality and the rights of the homosexual community, and there are many voices crying out against the worst injustices happening in our world. But again when it comes to the issue of abortion, it seems we just don’t care enough to even speak up. And I’m as guilty as the next guy.

I watched a half-hour video a few days ago called ‘180.’ It makes the comparison between the Holocaust, which the general German population ignorantly went along with, and abortion.

If you’re interested in watching the video, you can see it here. Just a warning, it is graphic and made me sick to my stomach.

We, the church, are called to stand up for those who cannot stand for themselves. To speak up for those who have no voice. To defend the defenseless.

There are none more defenseless, more vulnerable or endangered, than the unborn. And if we don’t do something, who will?

The church in Germany quietly went along with things until it was too late. Will we repeat their mistakes?

Have we already?