The other week the US Senate shot down a proposal to completely de-fund Planned Parenthood of all Federal support. At one point in the budget debate, it came dangerously close to delaying the passing of a budget, which would have effectively shut down the entire Federal government. This was avoided by the pro-life Congressmen backing down at the last minute, but it was indeed the last minute. Although the result was dissapointing, it is also encouraging that the issue of public funding of abortion is coming into the public and legislative eye as a vitally important issue. Now is the crucial time to intensify our prayers and our political efforts to keep incessantly demanding that the injustice of public participation in abortion be stopped. There are still some important pieces of legislation awaiting votes in Congress, notably H.R. 3, the No Tax Payer Funding Of Abortion Act, and H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act.
As all this was going on in our world, in the real World we celebrated the death and resurrection of God made Man. We celebrated once again the mystery of life and peace with God coming to us through the death of a Son. This is the mystery of divine Love, and it is vital for those of us who pray for life to understand this Love for everyone. The Scriptures say in Romans that "God demonstrates his love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us". Jesus didn't die for us when we were at our best, but when we were at our worst. Nothing we can do could compare to the guilt of those who tortured, mocked, and murdered Him, yet it was for those very people in their worst sin that Christ raised His voice in His last moments of agony to beg the Father for mercy and forgiveness for them. That is how we know the depth of God's love for us. On our worst day, in our worst sin, when we cannot bear to even raise our eyes in prayer for shame, He is our Advocate at that moment, reaching out in mercy to us as He offers Himself on the altar in Heaven on our behalf. As we seek to follow His example this year, let's always pray for mercy for those victims of the abortion lie, the mothers, who bear the shame and guilt and emotional damage. Let's never fail to love them as Christ does and seek their healing and well-being, reminded always of the bloody sacrifice of the Cross, when He died for us while we were yet sinners.Posted by Christopher at 7:16 pm
Having dicussed the importance of the spiritual aspect of our struggle, lets get into the practical aspects. St Augustine famously said: "Pray as if everything depends on God, work as if everything depends on you". That succinctly sums up the essence of Christian action of any sort. By revelation we know the mystery that God is sovereign over all, yet we are the instruments who accomplish His will. He has delegated to us, as it were, the responsibility to "be the change we want to see in the world", as Gandhi said. How can we best carry out that mandate, that divine call to bring about the coming of the Kingdom of justice on earth, as it is in heaven, as our Lord commanded us to pray?
In the struggle for the rights of our children to life, it is always important to remember the end that we are working for. The message of this website, which is protesting government use of public funds for murder of the unborn, in accordance with natural and divine law, is a crucial task. By doing this we seek to drive home as soundly as possible that such enforced complicity is nothing short of tyranny and grievous abuse of the public conscience. That this will bring about more just laws concerning the funding and public participation in this barbaric practice is our purpose and our prayer. However, it is vitally important to remember that this is only a task, it is not the goal, which is to save the lives of infants in our country and across the world from murder. Once our government implements more just laws, our task will be complete, but our mission will continue until the practice of killing children is outlawed.
We will only find victory in the larger arena when we successfully create an environment that at the same time supports life and condemns abortion. We must continually expose the abortion industry in all its inhumanity and strip away the fabric of deception that its supporters have covered it with. We must show that it is not concerned with dignity or choice or health or anything else it falsely claims, but rather is physically dangerous, ethically repugnant, psychologically and emotionally destructive. While we condemn it, we must offer better alternatives. Get involved with your local Crisis Pregnancy Center or some other outreach that ministers to women considering an abortion. Consider opening your home to a young mother without means of support, or even adopting an unwanted child. When we can consistently show that there are healthy, natural, safer and better routes than abortion, and make them equally or more available, we have to potential to literally drive the industry out of business. We must commit to sacrifice our time and alms and to offer love in place of fear. The abortion industry is entirely based on fear; let us conquer that fear with hope and truth. Then our prayers will bear fruit and we will overcome evil with good.Posted by Christopher at 2:58 pm
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