Mar 3, 2009

Red Envelope Day: Anti-abortion takes scarlet form

by Mandi Forth

 I am a representation for the sins of many, a voice for the helpless who cannot speak for themselves. I am a cry from the people. I am a small but colorful representation of the innocent blood that was shed. I am empty because I symbolize a void in this world. I am a red envelope, and I represent a life that was murdered and stolen before it had the chance to breathe. I am simple, and the only markings I have are an address and a simple message reading:“ This envelope represents one child who died because of an abortion. It is empty because the life that was taken is now unable to be a part of our world.”

During his morning prayer time a month ago, Christ (rhymes with wrist) Otto had a vision of hundreds of scarlet letters inundating the doors of the White House. He sent an email to 120 of his close friends who are dedicated to praying for him, detailing the vision he had seen. As they forwarded the email to their contact lists, a movement was born.
“The overall goal is to send a visual message to the President representing the innocent blood that has been shed, in the hope that his heart and the hearts of all who see it will be changed,” Otto said. A secondary goal is to join the envelopes with prayers for the ending of abortion and revival for America.”

He started by creating the Web site redenvelope.com and starting a Facebook group that grew to 150,000 members in two weeks.

Students like Laura Blankenship are a testament to why the cause is so important. Blankenship’s biological mother had already scheduled a date to have an abortion when she ran into financial trouble and asked the Blankenship family for money. They refused to fund the abortion, offering instead to adopt the child.

“I mean, I wasn’t supposed to be here,” Blankenship said. “I know I have a purpose in life, and I did nothing to deserve it, but God saved me. I am truly a survivor of abortion.”

Other students may not have been at risk of being aborted, but feel it is part of their responsibility to fight for the rights of these unborn children. Students like Aubrey Blankenship (of no relation to Laura Blankenship), a senior who leads Liberty’s chapter of Concerned Women for America, is working to help promote “Red Envelope Day.” They will be setting up a booth on campus to help raise more participation.

“We will work to spread the word about the Red Envelope Campaign because we believe abortion is wrong, and we continually look for opportunities to do something about it,” Blankenship said.
In spite of the fact that President Barack Obama is in support of pro-choice legislation, many believe the envelopes will still make a difference.

“Abortion will probably not get fully banned by law, but this could be a step in that direction. And even the smallest step will help,” freshman Adam Dubbe said.

“I want to be a part of this program because I want to be a part of something that shows Obama that babies are more than choices, they are actual people, just like you and me,” senior Adam Johnson said.

Contact Mandi Forth at
ajforth@liberty.edu.


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