Do you hear it? Do you hear the battle cry? “Pro-lifers don’t accept the Ice Bucket Challenge!!!!”. That is the battle cry that is rising up against the ALS ice bucket challenge. But let’s stop and think about this for a minute. What is the point of this? What are we trying to prove really?
I am absolutely, 100% pro-life. I believe life begins at conception. I believe the Word of God when the Psalmist said “You (God) formed my inward parts. You (God) wove me in my mother’s womb”, that screams of the sacredness of life. I believe that every man, woman, boy, and girl regardless of intelligence, race, or religion was and is made in the image of God. With that said this is not a debate on whether or not we are pro-life or pro-choice. This is to ask the questions above: What’s the point? What are we proving by not accepting the challenge?
Are we trying to prove how godly we are by posting on our Facebook page, when we have been challenged by a friend to do the ice bucket challenge, that we cannot participate because we are pro-life? I mean really?
When we do this we are not sharing the gospel and love of Christ. We are only displaying our own Pharisaical attitude. I can assure you not one single person who is pro-choice is going to be turned from their views. I can assure you very few, if any, will come to Christ because of our “stand against this unholy, ungodly ice bucket challenge act”.
I get it, I really do. It looks great to post such a stand on our Facebook page, but is that what it is all about?
For those who take the stand against the ice bucket challenge have you really researched organizations that do ALS research and are devoted to the pro-life belief? I saw one Believer participate in the challenge and they said to donate to an organization that has a pro-life stance and does not use embryonic stem cells, that is how it should be done.
Pro-life is not just about being against abortion. Pro-life is for all life no matter what age or development.
Some questions for those who think they must post their reason for not accepting the challenge or just post of why nobody should accept the challenge: What have you done lately to prevent babies from be aborted? How have you shown love to a single mother who chose life? How have you shown grace to a woman who made the decision to abort? What research have you done regarding ALS? Why does it have to be an “us vs. them” thing? Why can’t we also use this ice bucket challenge craze to bring attention to this awful disease that many of our brothers and sisters in Christ are battling?
Here is the thing, when we as Believers post things like “I am pro-life therefore I cannot accept this ice bucket challenge.” people look at that and say “And that is why I don’t go to church.” or they say as Gandi did “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are unlike your Christ.” I believe that if Christ were walking the earth today and was challenged He would accept the challenge and laugh as they poured the water on Him and then He would go over to one suffering from ALS and heal them (just my opinion). That is why I accepted the challenge. I want to be a type of healing hand of Christ and that is why I will donate to an organization that does ALS research but does not use embryonic stem cells.