The idea of single pregnant teenagers scares many people including Christians. We probably wouldn’t know what to do about it if someone in this situation were to come to us, or walk into one of our churches.
What would your church do about it? What would most churches do about it?
Would you advise such a person to have an abortion, or to have the baby and at least give it up for adoption?
If churches do not have compassion or the willingness to minister to the downtrodden, then is it any wonder most girls turn to the easy solution of abortion? So if we say we are pro-life, then we should be there to support them and counsel them to have the child, and later, give it up for adoption if they don’t want to raise it themselves. There are up to 36 couples waiting for every one baby placed for adoption. Yes, really.
I watched a film called Gimme Shelter. It’s based on a true story and is inspiring. The main character, Apple, who’s a sixteen year old teenager, runs away from her mother who is a drug addict and sex worker. Apple finds herself pregnant and hospitalized from a car accident. A Catholic chaplain (priest) in a hospital was initially turned away by Apple, but his patience and long-suffering eventually paid off. Apple began to trust him and gave him the opportunity to bring her to a shelter where she is loved, care for, and finds friendship. The shelter was founded and run by a Catholic housemother, who truly has a calling in ministry to take care of young unwed mothers. The love in that place really impressed upon Apple because she chose to stay even when she had the chance to leave. Truly inspiring.
There aren’t a lot of good films that promote the social needs of people from a Christian perspective. This is one that can inspire not only Catholics, but evangelicals and protestants to take action to do what is godly.