If the Christian church is passionate about protecting every life, then we will need to learn how to meet relational needs. When an unplanned pregnancy happens, the baby’s parents often have massive needs to help them grow as people and, perhaps, as a couple. Could you be God’s way of meeting such needs?
Moms, that scared young woman might need to learn how to be a mom, because she hasn’t had years to plan and research and read What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Guys, that wide-eyed dude might need to learn how to step up, how to grow up, and how real men put down the Xbox controller and pick up a box of wipes. That couple might need mentors, babysitters, or counselors to help them figure out their lives together.
Or, if there’s not a dad in the picture, that child will need some men to model the faith for him, to take him under his wing, to remind him who he is and whose he is. Or, if the couple chooses adoption (a great option!), they will need support, love, prayers, and resources. They might even need you to step forward and personally open your own arms and home to their developing baby.
Paul wrote, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10). Unplanned pregnancies give the church plenty of “opportunity” to do good to others. With God’s help and strength, let’s do it!