Apr 16, 2012 3:27 PM
Abortion is a controversial topic for many Americans. In the new faith-based movie, “October Baby”, the main themes of pro-life and forgiveness are presented in a Biblical way.
The movie grossed more than $1.7 million in its first weekend with a limited release of less than 400 theaters. Additionally, the movie made more than $3.5 million in two weeks, and has now grossed over $4 million since its opening. The producers of “October Baby” have assigned 10 percent of the profits of the movie to the Every Life is Beautiful Fund, which will distribute funds to front line organizations helping women facing crisis pregnancies, life-affirming adoption agencies, and those caring for orphans.
However, some groups are protesting the movie’s pro-life and Christian themes. The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) has a petition to the CEO of Sony “to make sure he knows that his company is putting out a movie that is funding deception.” They assert that the money is going to “anti-choice groups that deceive women.”
Last month, a Planned Parenthood group in California launched a campaign for “40 Days of Prayer” FOR abortion in response to a biannual 40 Days for Life Campaign. The event was scheduled to occur from March 18 to April 27 “and includes several gatherings ‘in celebration of women and reproductive rights.”
According to LifeSiteNews.com, the 40 Days for Life Campaign has successfully “[saved] at least 5,838 children from abortion, [closed] 22 abortion clinics, and [prompted] 69 providers to walk away from abortion work since its inception in 2007.”
The Planned Parenthood campaign is attempting to mimic this campaign, but use it for a pro-choice agenda. Further, there are different prayers for each of the 40 days, including “Day 14, a prayer for ‘Christians everywhere to embrace the loving model of Jesus in the way he refused to shame women,’ and Day 38, for ‘a cloud of gentleness to surround every abortion facility. May everyone feel calm and loving.’”
What does this mean for Faith Driven Consumers?
The cultural battle on the sanctity of life may continue for a long time. However, we should recognize and support “October Baby” for the Christian worldview on abortion and its support of life affirming ministries through the Every Life is Beautiful fund. If you have not seen “October Baby”, find a theater near you and go today.
While we should be active supporters of pro-life politicians, companies, and organizations, we need to remember we have a voice too. As Faith Driven Consumers, we need to make sure we use our voice by banding together for the things we believe in. This can be done every day by thinking “faith-first,” when we buy and consume from companies and organizations that support pro-life agendas. By buying from these companies and organizations, we are showing the marketplace we only want to buy from brands that consider our Christian beliefs.