I wish secular bloggers and posters, not to mention some Christian ones, would stop listening solely to the mainstream media's version of reality. Mainstream media reports on a small slice of reality pie and it tends to like its slice juicy and messy. Juicy and messy sells. Juicy and messy racks up likes and shares. Juicy and messy riles up and keeps people returning for more. But juicy and messy isn't the whole pie.
not uncommon for me to read a comment or post or blog that chastises
Christians for "only being pro-life when babies are in the womb." We
don't care about people when they aren't in the womb, I'm told. We don't
care about unwed mothers. We don't care about the poor. We don't care
about the marginalized. Is this true?
Here's the thing.
People who claim the Christian faith (some of them probably really are
of the faith, some of them probably aren't) and who do or say awful
things, they are the juicy and messy slice the media loves. They are
encouraged to spout and rage to bring in the masses to a journalist's
news source. We humans tend to love bad news. We love gossip. We love
hate. We love grumbling. We love pain. And we especially love pointing
fingers at others so we can forget about our own failings.
have never been interviewed by the media. No one puts a mic to my lips
when I donate boxes of baby clothes to a crisis pregnancy center. No one
walks beside me to ask why I am on a Hike for Life raising money for
women with unplanned pregnancies. No one stands outside the food bank I
stepped into to deliver toothbrushes, shampoo, canned goods, ready
meals, and asks for an interview when I emerge. And no one gives me a
pat on the back and a "let me report this" when I give my life to the
two little souls in my personal care who need me pretty much every hour
of the day. The media doesn't get juicy from little, insignificant me.
Christians are like me. Everyone I know serves others in some capacity.
Some work at crisis pregnancy centers. Some adopt orphans. Some raise
money for organizations and resources to help unwed moms. Some have put
their heart and souls into ministries who help the marginalized,
refugees, sex trafficked women and girls. Some go overseas, short term
or long term, aiding the poor and needy around the world. Some serve in
the local community, taking meals to the elderly, helping children who
need school supplies and after school care. Some use their skills as
doctors or carpenters or electricians to care and build and aid. Some
look for those that need help around them and lend their hearts and
hands. And some like me who have their hands and lives full to the brim
with the children in their care find ways to help the wider world as
best they can and long for a time they'll have more margin to do even
What's the truth? The truth is most Christians are
pro-life. We're not going to be lauded. We're not going to be
interviewed by the media. We're the part of the pie they don't have much
interest in. Once in a blue moon, they might care. But most of the
time, this just won't be the case. So bloggers and posters and
commenters, please stop saying Christians aren't pro-life unless you are
in a womb. It just isn't true. And Christian, you keep doing what you
are doing. Be God's hands in a needy world. Fix your eyes on your
Savior. Remember that even though your part of the pie isn't lauded, you
are seen and known by the one who truly matters.