Kylie Jenner is pregnant.
I know, I know…you didn’t come her for tabloid stories. But, according to the world of popular culture, this is headline news.
After an eagle-eyed fan on TikTok figured out she was pregnant from her fingernail polish, the youngest of America’s “Royal Family” (The Kardashians…) announced in a video on Instagram that she is, indeed, pregnant with baby number two.
This video has been viewed, as of right now, 134,943,951 times. Nearly ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIVE MILLION VIEWS.
And I, of course, gave into the peer pressure of the view ticker, and watched the video.
And oh my gosh, I’ve gotta say…it got me pretty emotional. The swelling music, the overjoyed reaction from her mother, the tender moments with her little girl and her growing belly. It was all just, beautiful.
Maybe it was because I was imagining, one day – God willing, having that special announcement of my own, and the overwhelming joy that would bring. But I just found myself smiling the whole time, filled with so much happiness for Kylie and Travis.
But there was something really powerful about this video. That, given the times with the Texas Abortion Heartbeat Law, and all the uproar surrounding it, I couldn’t help but notice the strong and incredibly powerful prolife undertones of this video. And as the video was ending all I could think was, “Wow…God, please use Kylie Jenner to bring people to see the value and personhood of the unborn. This is Your moment.”
Halfway through the video, Kylie is at the OBGYN, and you can hear the doctor tell her, “You’re days away from the heartbeat,” to which a huge grin comes across her face — and though she is masked up, she is just beaming with her eyes.
But just hearing the doctor say, “heartbeat,” my mind instantly went to Texas and how, this is the precise monumental moment that the country is fighting over, and here we all are, witnessing this young — and incredibly famous — young woman and her partner beaming from ear to ear with excitement inside.
But as though that wasn’t powerful enough…half a minute later, in a dramatic fashion, the music cuts out, and all you can hear is the whooshing of a baby’s heartbeat — cut to, the ultrasound of the heart beat pulses, and then the 4D ultrasound image with Kylie and her daughter, Stormi looking on.
*Whooshing heartbeat.* “You can see the baby.“
“You can see the baby.”
And the final, closing shot of this beautifully vulnerable and personal video, is home video footage of Stormi kissing Kylie’s belly, as she says, “Baby.”
I mean, what a powerful, powerful video that 135 million people have seen.
Kylie Jenner, arguably one of the most famous, influential people – at least among the under-30 crowd. She’s a billionaire, beauty mogul, reality TV star, and fourth-most followed person on Instagram. And here she is, proudly proclaiming that the child in her growing belly is a baby.
Designers are dying to dress her in maternity wear, the people are thirsting for tabloid shots of her “bump,” this pregnancy is headline global news. There are fans that would jump in front of a bus to protect Kylie’s belly….and yet, at the same time, our country is tearing in two trying to protect the “right” to kill that child inside.
So which is it?
This video really makes it pretty black and white, and forces the answer.
And can you believe the timing, with just last Thursday, — the day after Kylie’s pregnancy annoucement — Biden officially sued the state of Texas over their Abortion Law, banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy when a heartbeat is detected….a moment that the world literally just witnessed through Kylie Jenner’s eyes.
I can only pray — and I invite you to join me — that all those 135 million people, connect the dots, and see that a child in the womb is indeed a human life, with rights worth protecting. That they can hear that heartbeat, and recognize the dignity of the little child growing inside. That they can see those images on the ultrasound, and appreciate the tiny human…the mini Kylie or mini Travis…that the world sees as a “choice.” That baby is not a choice – it is not disposable. It doesn’t deserve to be dismembered and vacuumed out, discarded without a thought. It is a child. One that America is celebrating.
They say that, the moment a woman becomes pregnant and has a child of her own, is the moment that she realizes that this “fetus” really is a human, living inside of her…kicking, moving around, with its own DNA, and its own fingernails – as Juno once recalled.
The world is living Kylie’s pregnancy with her. And I just pray that some of that intimate, motherly knowledge of true personhood rubs off.
Congratulations, Kylie, Travis and Stormi. Blessings on your pregnancy.
And God…gotta give You mad props on Your impeccable timing. You work in mysterious ways, and sometimes just downright entertaining and blatantly obvious ways, too.
To watch her video announcement, click here!
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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