Put Down the Protest Sign

This week Oklahoma lawmakers approved a bill that stands up for the rights of an unborn child. If signed by the Governor it will be the first of its kind in our nation.

For 2,000 years the Church has stood against injustice. I have said many times that the Church should be known more for what we are for than what we are against. We are for life and standing up for those who have no voice. I’m thankful to live in a state where we fight for those who have no voice. Where we stand in the gap for those who are not valued. This is not a popular stand. This is a controversial stand. This is a stand the Church must be willing to make. 

But, how we make our stand is critical. Angry protests outside abortion clinics, hate speech, and countless other negative tactics do not work. And they are not representative of Jesus. We need laws to protect our children. But we must also show the world that children matter by embracing the ones already living among us, yet cast aside and forgotten. We must show the world an alternative. We must show them there is a better way. We must show the world what love looks like in action. 

I am so thankful for the people of Core Church, and countless others, who have embraced foster care and adoption. I am thankful for what foster care and adoption has meant in my own family. I believe this is the message of Jesus. This is the message the world needs to see. So put down the protest sign and pick up a child. There are many ways to get involved and make a difference in a child’s life. When we display the love of God in this way the world will begin to see that children matter and they deserve a chance at life. Laws don’t change the human condition; love in action does.