Follow up to Thirty-One Gifts. The official response.

Proverbs 31: 10-31

10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. 15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.

16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Based on this description, I am able to say with confidence that a “Proverbs 31 woman” would never support the taking of a child’s life. The verses that speak of a “wife of noble character” start at Proverbs 31:10.  Ironically, or not so ironically, in verse 8 Scripture states, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

For this reason, you might be able to understand my concern when I discovered that the faith-based organization “Thirty-One Gifts” indirectly supported abortion.  This organization prides itself on helping women develop into a “Proverbs 31 woman.”

Phone calls were made and emails were sent. I also wrote a blog about the information I discovered.  Several days later, I received an informal response from the organization stating the accusations written in my blog were “untrue.” 

Huh. That’s strange considering we were able to view the ins and outs of their giving program on their website.  If their website was accurate, then the information I posted was true.  After yet another call and email to them, they released a formal response.

Thirty-One believes in celebrating, encouraging and rewarding women. Thirty-One Gives is our philanthropic initiative that ensures this mission is carried out through the celebration and empowerment of women and girls by strengthening their belief in themselves and strengthening their families … actions that lead to purposeful and thriving lives.

We support initiatives that align with this mission, which is why we focus our giving on organizations that support leadership and economic independence for women and girls such as Salvation Army, Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, Dress for Success Worldwide, Girls Scouts and YWCA of Central Ohio.

Thirty-One Gives has not provided any direct funding for Planned Parenthood or any other activities outside the scope of our mission.

Thirty-One Gives supports HER, no matter her circumstances, no matter where she’s been or where she’s going. We want to be there in her greatest time of need and in her greatest time of joy. We empower HER.”

Even after Thirty-One Gifts has been informed, it’s clear that they simply don’t care.  This is strange for a supposed “Christian” organization. However, it’s honestly not surprising.  We are living in a time where Christians are scared to stand up for what is right, pastors are scared to talk about the sanctity of human life from the pulpit, Biblical values are being tossed to the side, and justifications for our sins are being made because we don’t want to be inconvenienced. 

It’s no wonder 33% of women choose abortion or that 72% of abortions are being performed on Christian women.  It’s no wonder that we have the most pro-abortion president in history.  We are not willing to fight!  We are not willing to stand up for Godly principles and values!  Just like Thirty-One Gifts, so many of us know the truth, but we do nothing to solve the problem.

Let us be part of the solution.  Let us stand up for Christian values.  Let us not cave to convenience.  No one said being a Christian would be easy.  No one said being a true pro-life advocate would be easy, but both are right and necessary.