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"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!" How many times have we heard this one? And how much further from the truth could this be?
Words have incredible power. As we all know, words have the power to bring extreme emotional damage as well as the power to bring love, healing, hope and peace. The reason I bring this up is because I really spent some time thinking about the words that we use in the cause for life as I have been praying for all of those converging in Washington, D.C. today for the March for Life. My family, both immediate and extended, were going to be among them until charter busses cancelled due to the forecasted inclement weather. And I know that many of you are in the same boat.
One of the things that has been most intriguing about running this blog is that I know that many of our followers are not Christian or struggle with following Christian values. For those of you reading this, please don't leave the page just because I am talking about the March for Life! There is a point I would like you to hear.
Obviously by now, no one will deny that the vast media coverage in the U.S. comes from a very liberal stance, so it comes as little surprise that hardly a word will be spoken about the hundreds of thousands of people who will sacrifice so much to walk peacefully through D.C. And yes, trust me from experience, it is peaceful, and it is beautiful. The words "Pro-life", such an obviously heartfelt, loving and human statement (seriously, not too many people on this planet can say that they are absolutely against life, or they wouldn't be here), strike fear in so many who do not understand what this cause is really about.
Let's reframe it a bit. The pro-life terminology was never meant to have negative connotations attached to it. At one point, much of the world was pro-life with serious exceptions like Nero, Hitler,Stalin, etc.. (I am not going to get political here and bring up other full countries that we all know are not, both historically and currently. I'm sure you are all more than aware of these.) Pro-life means that we stand as a people FOR life. We support life in all of the ways God presents it to us: the elderly, the sick, the young, babies both born and unborn. This all changed over 40 years ago.
Now, the words pro-life, which up until that point would have been a uniting phrase among peoples of all races and cultures, became a divider as people felt forced to choose "rights" over life.
Sometimes I can't help but think that one of Satan's all-time greatest accomplishments has been the success he has achieved in confusing the truth so well that even many well-meaning servants of God are making choices against what He Himself has mandated.
And, of course, it hasn't helped that some people have taken the extreme end and in the name of being "Pro-Life" have actually brought devastation to those around them and further clouded the truth for those searching for answers.
The truth is, the words "Pro-Life" mean exactly what they say! And God emphatically approves with them 100%. I could make this blog entry even longer and write the countless verses in the Bible that refer to God's exact position on life (Don't pass out….I'm not going to!), including this one:
"Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you'..." (Jeremiah 1:4-5).
But since that would take months to read, I recommend opening the Bible yourself. It won't take long to find them.
It has been my experience through participating in the Pro-Life Movement (my sister and I were blessed to be able to help form the first group at our high school) that just the words Pro-Life bring immediate disgust and fear to those who do not understand. In fact, the ironic thing that I can't get over is that the ones who proclaim their open-mindedness the most are the ones who refuse to take even a moment to understand what they have decided they are so against.
So for those who are on the fence, I actually get it. Unless you run in conservative circles you are not going to get all of the info. you need to make a truly discerned decision. But it's out there, believe me!!!!
If you are not afraid to take on the challenge to finding out the truth about the cause for life, and for those who just want to expand their knowledge and find confirmation, you've got to read the book: Persuasive Pro-Life - How to Talk About Our Culture's Toughest Issue by Trent Horn with foreward by Father Frank Pavone. Also, this one is really good as well: Unplanned, the Dramatic True Story Of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader by Abby Johnson. It's an easy read that will keep you on your toes!
I HIGHLY encourage these books. They have the potential to be life-changing in a GREAT way.
Also, if you are as disappointed that you can't attend the march as much as my family is, try attending the thousands of vigils being held all over the country by churches and life organizations. And, even neater, you can still send a huge message to Washington by clicking here http://marchforlife.org/mfl-2016/livestream/to watch the event. They are able to track the views and pass that on to Washington, so it's almost like being there!
God bless all of you as you support God's gift of life in the way He is calling you!!
Remember, we are made in His image and likeness and He made no mistake in creating us. Oh, how He loves us!
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