10 Things (Pro-Life Edition)

Posted: January 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

This past weekend, I drove up to Washington DC to participate in several Pro-Life events in the DC area and attend the National March For Life. After my experience, I’ve decided to compile a list of 10 things about the Pro-Life movement I learned while I was away.

 

1. Statistics Don’t Matter If We Can’t Back Them Up

Gallup polls for the past two years have shown that the majority of Americans are Pro-Life. A new poll from Fox has shown the margin between Pro-Life and Pro-Choice grow larger in the favor of Pro-Lifers – about half of Americans are Pro-Life. If an estimated 159,979,880 Americans are Pro-Life, why did only 400,000 show up for the national march? Assume that poll is wrong, and only 1/3 of America is Pro-Life. That brings the tally to around 103,986,586 Americans. Where are their numbers protesting in front of Planned Parenthoods? Where are their numbers marching in DC? Assume 1/4 of those Pro-Life Americans can logistically attend any rally, march, or conference. That tally is now 25,996,646 people. The truth is that either the numbers are all wrong, or as a nation of largely Pro-Lifers, we are unable or unwilling to take advantage of our majority to see abortion end in America. We need to start engaging people with education, resources, and charge them with the responsibility to mold their nation to be what they want it to be.

 

2. Sometimes You Have To Make Them Listen

In November, we all flocked to the polls to overhaul the House of Representatives and place a Pro-Life conservative as the Speaker of the House (among many other seats). On Monday, 400,000 Pro-Lifers stood in the frigid cold in our Nation’s Capitol to tell those leaders that we sent them to Washington to uphold justice and the sanctity of human life. I think we need to continue this trend of showing our governments that we mean business, and if they won’t defend the unborn in government, we will replace them. We need to continue rallying, marching, and showing our numbers so that our legislative leaders know that they are being held accountable and that the blood of unborn child from the day of their inauguration until the day personhood amendments are passed and Roe v. Wade is overturned is on their hands. We need to make Washington listen and start saving the babies.

 

3. A House Divided Shall Fall

I won’t elaborate on this lesson too much. But. If you are too prideful or ignorant to put aside petty differences long enough to work together and be effective, then you don’t need to be in leadership. In organizational differences, some will be right, some will be wrong, and some will be a matter of taste, but they’re never worth it if they remove the ability for your goals to be reached. A bear can defeat numerous predators if they attack one at a time. Hunting in packs brings down the beast.

 

4. Cash Is An Awesome Thing, But It’s Not The Awesomest Thing

When we die, we can’t take money with us. That doesn’t mean it isn’t awesome. We need money to sustain ourselves and achieve our goals. But if you have it, you should give it. You never know when God wants to use you as a blessing to someone else who is serving His purpose. You will always have more cash, but that doesn’t mean all of it is meant for you.

 

5. Leadership Is About Tough Decisions, Not About Being Tough

Sometimes we have this image of the gruff Clint Eastwood sort of character when we think about leadership. The ability to make a tough decision and make a situation turn out for the best with the help of his team is of more value than the ability to assert yourself as the person in charge. Even though a leader is “over” other people, it doesn’t mean they’re on top. If you think that your leadership makes you better than anyone else, you need to go read a few of those cheesy motivational posters.

 

6. Pretty Doesn’t Mean Effective; But Neither Does Ugly

There’s nothing wrong with having the flashiest site, most clear and concise mission statement, or largest attendance to your event. But there’s nothing wrong with not showing up with a banner, not having a facebook fan page, or having a non-profit bank account. The Pro-Life movement is not a business. While it may have to be run that way sometimes, you don’t need to be the “best” to be effective. If you love Jesus, love babies, and don’t mind doing what it takes to accomplish your goals, you can be effective.

 

7. Just Because You’re Surrounded By People Doesn’t Mean It’s A Party

Unfortunately, the human psyche tells us that when we take a road trip with a bunch of friends to a big event, we’re at a music festival. While you may be in a big crowd with music and signs, it doesn’t mean you’re there to celebrate. Every Pro-Life rally, march, conference, or meeting you attend is happening because more than 4,000 innocent babies are being murdered every single day and if we don’t stop it, no one will. That doesn’t mean we cant enjoy being with our friends and loved ones during the journey, but we should approach the issue and the events to support our goals with a mindset of prayerfulness and sorrow. Never forget why we stand together in the cold. We must end a holocaust that numbers more than 55,000,000 babies since 1973.

 

8. You Count

400,000 isn’t counted in 100s. Every 1 person matters to end abortion. Don’t think that you can’t make a difference. Never be afraid to stand up.

 

9. Unless We Stand, We Can’t Be Seen

“Activism” is only “activism” if you are “active” (action) for an “ism” (a belief). Pray, donate, march, rally, stat a club, attend a conference, etc. Take your pick. But do something.

 

10. Unless The Lord Builds The House, They Labor In Vain That Build It

I knew that we were in trouble when I heard the statement, “Well, I don’t want to say ‘Christ-based Pro-Life’ and make someone from another religion feel like they can’t get involved.” The harsh reality is that while Pro-Life is a non-denominational and bi-partisan issue that spans the fields of medicine, religion, social justice, civil rights, economics, eugenics, and a number of others, the sanctity of human life is a purely Christian issue. The Bible teaches that we know love because while we were yet sinners, Christ loved us first (1 John 3:16; 1 John 4:19). We stand for personhood and the sanctity of human life because we love babies, we love Jesus, and we fulfill His commandments (John 14:15). We were commanded to defend the innocent and stand for righteousness, and that the shedding of innocent blood is an especially heinous injustice in God’s eyes (Proverbs 31:8-9; Deuteronomy 19:10; 2 Kings 24:2-4; Ezekiel 35:6; Psalm 72:12-14). I believe that, while we ought not to alienate the movement as best we can or offend others if we can help it, the end goal of the Pro-Life movement is to see a Jesus revival in the hearts and minds of America that will lead to a repenting of our sins and the ending of abortion. Jesus is the one who makes the way, and while others have awesome ideas and valuable resources, Jesus is our most powerful and important tool. If we are willing to compromise His centrality of this issue, we are saying that we think we can do it better than Him. Don’t be afraid to establish yourself as a Pro-Life Christian. Don’t be afraid to pray at every Pro-Life meeting/conference/rally. If you acknowledge His importance and presence before the world in this issue, He will acknowledge you before His Father (Luke 12:8; Proverbs 3:6)

 

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