This past Fri., Jan. 20 was the Walk-for-Life event in Washington, D.C. The Walk-for-Life in our own state of South Dakota will be held this Sun., Jan. 30, in Pierre. The walk starts at 12 p.m., and the hour of reflection is at 2 p.m.
These types of events have been and will be held around the country showing support for the unborn. This is one way, as a society, we show our disagreement with a practice that takes a life.
How do Christians define life? The entirety of life, not just conception and birth, but throughout an entire human life experience until natural death?
I will use the definition from the Catechism of the Catholic Church which states,
“Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end (natural death). God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.”
Those in authority cannot overthrow God; even though it has been tried over and over again, He will never be overthrown. God's law will always have victory.
Even if you don't subscribe to a Christian denomination or Christian faith belief, the Declaration of Independence provides protection for life.
The Declaration of Independence states:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
An unborn child in the womb is alive and needs to be protected just like all those of us outside the womb. This stage in life is like any other stage. For instance, you have many stages of life; unborn, infant, toddler, adolescent, and teenager, etc. just because the child is in the womb doesn't mean it is more expendable than any other stage.
Life is life, and we need to support those in need when lives are on the line.
What do I mean by that?
There was a study performed by the Vitae Foundation, who spent 25 years and $3M in research to teach about the abortion decision. What they discovered in their research was that those who have gone through the abortion decision and decided to have the abortion, did so because they felt they had no choice and no support. It all basically comes down to five words. "Talk to her about her." Their research showed that most of the time, someone just needed some sort of support and help understanding the available solutions. It is true that God does not like abortion. What was inviting to those considering an abortion were those standing on the sidewalk praying. This provided the best opportunity to change hearts, and it has proven to do so.
If we want to change the heart of a nation, we need to provide love and support to those who find themselves in difficult situations. It is not enough for us to say, “It is their own fault... they knew the possible consequences of their actions.” As Jesus said, "Let those who have not sinned cast the first stone." We are all sinners, and Christ died for us all on the cross.
We must continue to build up strong communities of life. There is a promising, younger pro-life generation rising that is helping to influence pro-life policy. Within our families and friend groups, we must continue to talk to each other about the importance of life. Remember, life is sacred, and God is the author of life. We are created out of His goodness.
In last Sunday's gospel reading from Luke, Jesus read from the scroll of Isiah “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”
This what we are working for – to help all people see the value of human life no matter the state in life.
We are called to be Christ to everyone suffering and at risk. To the pregnant mother scared and alone; to the sick who can’t see the value in their suffering; to the lonely who are ready to end it all. It is through the love of Christ that they can be set free from these bonds. It is up to us to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
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