For a long time I had desired to get involved in the pro-life cause, but I just didn’t know how to do it in a way that suited my abilities and personality. The church I attended in high school had a way in—but standing outside the local abortion clinic with a sign didn’t interest me. And in those days there were well-known speakers that would tour around the country, gathering a crowd to make the case for life. But when the party left town it seemed to be that business-as-usual returned. Of course that was not the case—that was just my perception. These were the days before the internet so it was not easy to find onramps to activism and other ways of helping save lives, love the vulnerable and at-risk, and change minds. My difficulty in finding my way into the pro-life movement led to my desire to help taking a back-seat to other priorities. And that’s the way it was for a while.
And then I found a local ministry called Care Net. The church that eventually would call me to serve as a pastor had a simply onramp. By partnering with a local chapter of Care Net, which I discovered supports one of the largest networks of crisis pregnancy centers in America. One year our congregational Care Net coordinator invited my wife and me to attend the annual fundraising banquet. Sensing this was my way in, we went. The program and presentation that night moved my heart to sign up as a monthly donor and partner. All of a sudden, it became clear to me that my long-time interest in and exposure to pro-life ministry had prepared me making a difference. A series of memories flashed before me. Hearing a pro-life talk during a high school youth group meeting. Browsing a display table at a campus student organization fair in college. Listening to the radio program Stand to Reason with their occasional guest speaker: pro-life apologist Scott Klusendorf. Suddenly it occurred to me. Don’t I have one of his books on my computer? Yes I did. The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture [hereafter CFL], a resource in the format I hate to read (ebook) sat tucked away on my hard drive, forgotten shortly after I’d downloaded it years prior. So I determined to read it soon, putting it near the top of my reading to-do list. I’m glad I did. Continue reading