What do you care about?
I want to begin by explaining my presuppositions: first, I’m a Christian. I believe that life is created by God; therefore, I’m pro-life. Additionally, I’m a pretty big sports fan.
Now that those things are on the table, let me explain why those presuppositions are necessary for this article. Within the past month, I’ve watched two situations unfold that have led certain individuals to be overcome with emotion. Let me describe those two, very different, scenarios:
The first situation is all too common. It happens frequently: tears over a game. Last month, the UConn Huskies defeated the University of Kentucky Wildcats for the college basketball championship. At the end of the game cameras panned the crowd. UConn fans were hysterical with excitement. Meanwhile, Kentucky fans were in tears. Devastated. The season had come to close. The Wildcats were so close to winning the title, and fell just a few points shy of the ultimate goal. I don’t want to appear unsympathetic. I’ve been there. At the age of 9 I was devastated when my beloved Cowboys lost to the 49ers as Joe Montana and Dwight Clark connected for “The Catch.” I remember sitting on the soccer field at the end of my collegiate soccer career. As I grew up I had hoped that maybe I would be good enough to become a pro but that wasn’t going to happen. It was over. It was hard and it was emotional. But I’m not talking about kids overcome with emotion or athletes who are facing the end of a career. I’m talking about grown adults who are shedding tears while watching someone else play a game.
The second situation: a few weeks ago I was listening to a presentation by the director of a woman’s pregnancy center. Her name is Amber. My wife and I have known Amber for years. She has a phenomenal story. I’ve heard Amber give this presentation before. A few times in fact. But this time, she got emotional. “If I told you that a classroom of 26 first-graders was going to be executed this afternoon, would you continue to go about your normal activities? I expect that most of you would not continue life-as-normal. But that’s how many babies will be aborted in Wake County today…and every day.” Did you know that 56 million babies have been executed in the US since Roe v. Wade? There is a holocaust that is taking place all around us, and we continue in our normal activities as if nothing is happening. Nearly 21% of all pregnancies end in abortion (not including miscarriages), and nearly 1/3 of all American women will have an abortion. These statistics are horrifying. These aren’t just numbers – they are people. Nearly 1 million babies will be killed by abortion this year, and that’s just in the US. For more statistics go to: http://www.abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/
So, let me go back to the opening question: what do you care about? Do you care more about your favorite sports team losing a game or a million babies who will die this year? Do you care more about the #1 draft pick or the lady at the end of the pew on Sunday morning who silently sits in guilt and shame because of what she did at the abortion clinic? Do you even care at all? If so, then what are you going to do about it?
Males in our culture care more about their sports teams.
Men care about the most important things. Men take action.
“Be watchful. Stand firm in the faith. Act like men. Be strong” (1 Cor 16.13).
Call your local pregnancy center and find out how you can help. If you live in the Wake Forest area contact First Choice Pregnancy Solutions (www.FirstChoiceNC.org).