Attempting Something Big
It has been 3 months since I poured out my broken heart regarding abortion and the Planned Parenthood atrocities. I ended that post with a bold statement:
If anyone out there reads this and is considering abortion, I will take your baby. My wife and I will gladly take all your babies! I’m completely serious. If you are pregnant and don’t want your child, we will. It’s not a fetus. It’s a blessing. Life matters.
Those words have grown deeper and deeper in our hearts for three months. Not only have we continued to struggle with infertility, but we have also gained a deeper understanding of our identities in Christ, that we too have been adopted as sons and daughters of our Father in heaven.
Asbury Theological Seminary started a campaign this year called Attempt Something Big. It’s all about noticing how God is moving in people, “catching someone acting like Jesus”, and sharing it online. But God put something different on my heart with this slogan, not just to “keep an eye out for Him”, but to trust him, with everything… a challenge in faith to attempt something big.
So after months of prayer and discernment, Nicole and I have chosen to take action. This past week we began looking into the process of adoption. We did some research and reached out to a number of adoption agencies. Though it may be difficult, we are hoping and looking for an opportunity to adopt a baby who would otherwise be aborted.
In the past, we’ve seen people standing outside an abortion clinic in Lexington with signs and information reaching out to people. Two weeks ago, Nicole stopped by when she was in the area and talked to them. She learned that this was the only abortion clinic in Lexington and is open on Thursday and Friday mornings, during which all they do is abortions, both by appointment and walk-in.
So we decided to step out in faith. We made our own signs and this morning we went out there to pray for and reach out to people with God’s love.
My heart is broken, for two reason.
First, the five women who ended up there this morning. The hurt and brokenness in their faces as they either sped by, hid in the back seat of their car, or even mocked us for standing out there. The most heartbreaking moment was watching a teenage girl step out from the backseat of her parents’ black SUV, with no idea of the emotional pain, the regret and shame, or the spiritual darkness which she was entering into, an experience that will surely haunt her for the rest of her life.
Here I found the intersection of righteous anger and merciful compassion.
All I wanted to do was tell her how much God loves her, that Jesus doesn’t hate her, that the guilt and uneasiness she’s feeling is the grace of God, the law of nature and of God written on her heart, crying out inside her saying “something is wrong about this!”
Yet at the same time, just twenty feet away from me stood the second reason for my broken heart: judgment and condemnation. Those people we joined outside of the entrance to the abortion clinic holding large signs with photos of aborted babies, bible verses saying “God hates those who spill innocent blood”, and a loudspeaker with a woman “preaching” that God won’t forgive them for murder and won’t have mercy on the unmerciful… a gospel of fear, of hell for the sinner, of judgment for the wicked.
I have to commend their faithfulness, coming out before 8am every Thursday and Friday morning for the past three years… but that is NOT good news!
Though they have some amazing success stories, and the number of abortions has dropped by about half since they began, I can’t imagine the amount of damage they’ve also done with their message of fear and judgment. Don’t they realize that the love of God is far more powerful than the fear of hell? Don’t they realize that such judgment and fear-mongering is irrelevant to unbelievers?
I wanted to take their loudspeaker and preach LOVE! Preach LIFE, abundant life, and the beauty of God’s GRACE! I wanted to preach HOPE, that God has a plan for them, for their lives, for their babies. I wanted to tell them that nothing can separate them from the love of God in Christ! Neither angels nor demons, neither boyfriends nor parents, neither life nor death; that because God loves them so much, His heart is broken for them in this situation! That he wants to redeem this terrible situation. That he is a God of love and of life. That their brokenness – their despair, their anxiety, their fear, their anger – all their brokenness can be healed through Christ, because he is a God of love and of life!
Ahh!! My heart is broken for the mommas that, for whatever selfish reason, chose death. My heart is broken for those faithful witnesses who still need to know the radical love of God, both for themselves and for these women.
So here we are.
Our hearts are broken with a desire to make an impact. We’re asking God to move. When Dr. Tennent preached on this whole “Attempt Something Big” thing, this is what he said:
Attempt something so big, that unless God intervenes, it is bound to fail.
We’ve seen the statistics. We’ve seen the financial requirements for adoption, the legal requirements, the long and tedious process. And we are absolutely convinced that unless God intervenes, it is bound to fail. So come on Jesus! Make it happen!
Read more and offer support at http://www.kevingcook.com/the-cooks-adoption-story
About the Author
Kevin Cook is a 4th year student at Asbury Theological Seminary and an Aspirant for Ordination in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). After graduating, Kevin hopes to plant a contemporary three-streams Anglican Church. He and his wife Nicole attend Wilmore Anglican Church in Kentucky.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University. Kevin enjoys playing music and leading worship, reading fiction and spiritual classics, drinking coffee, and spending time with family and friends.
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