Pro-Lifers Spend >$1 Million on Envelopes

Evidently, the red envelope idea really took off and pro-lifers amassed an impressive 2.5 million envelopes and sent them to Obama at the end of March. What was written on the empty envelopes?

This envelope represents one child who died in abortion. It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world. LIFE begins at conception.


While I appreciate very much the sentiment behind the envelopes, let’s step back for a moment and look at the message of the whole package. It’s a statement. Actually two statements. Note, there’s no question or reason given to invite President Obama to rethink his view on the unborn or abortion. Wait. Reread. Actually, there is a reason given, if you look for it: “it’s wrong to kill unborn people because they might offer something to the world.” Obama can easily read that and say to himself, “Well, sure, there was potential there. Potential for good, but also potential for bad. And furthermore, potential people don’t have the rights of actual people.” Discussion over… before it even started.

By my count, that’s over $1 million spent on a moral statement.

As Greg Koukl has pointed out many times, shouldn’t we spend the bulk of our time, money, and effort seeking to make a moral impact rather than a moral statement?

I guess this whole effort is encouraging in one sense. It shows lots of pro-life advocates are willing to plunk down at least 42 cents to save the unborn. That doesn’t sound like much, but if millions work together, a little effort could go a long way. If you’d like to make a moral impact with your 42 cents, why don’t you invite every member of your church to pool their 42 cents (perhaps each week) and send it to one of these organizations that is working tirelessly to change hearts and minds on abortion:

(1) Justice For All: 316-683-6426
(2) Life Training Institute
(3) Stand to Reason
(4) your local PRC: www.optionline.org.

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One comment

  1. “I guess this whole effort is encouraging in one sense. It shows lots of pro-life advocates are willing to plunk down at least 42 cents to save the unborn. That doesn’t sound like much, but if millions work together, a little effort could go a long way. If you’d like to make a moral impact with your 42 cents, why don’t you invite every member of your church to pool their 42 cents (perhaps each week) and send it to one of these organizations that is working tirelessly to change hearts and minds on abortion:
    (1) Justice For All: 316-683-6426
    (2) Life Training Institute
    (3) Stand to Reason
    (4) your local PRC: http://www.optionline.org.”

    Good call!

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