Who are we?

There is a popular statement being used by politicians lately — “This is not who we are.” Well, who are we?

I have just returned from attending the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. It was a joy-filled, peaceful march with babies in strollers and in the arms of their mothers and fathers. It was attended by hundreds of thousands of youth excited to support the right to life for the unborn. These youth are the pro-life generation and are the future of our nation. I submit that this is who we are and need to strive to be every day — a nation who shows reverence and love for all life from conception to natural death.

Every life is sacred. Life is a gift from God. No one has a “right” to take a life. “If anyone sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; For in the image of God has man been made. Be fertile, then, and multiply; abound on earth and subdue it.” (Genesis 9:6-7)

Humility leads to truth. The truth is that abortion is a murderous despicable act that results in the horrible death (shedding of blood) of a human life and a seriously wounded mother and father.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you …” (Jeremiah 1:5). Jesus had a radical love for children. “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:1-3). Jesus had a radical love of all life and brought a new way of living in a very barbaric Roman culture. “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44). Early Christians distinguished themselves as a new people who “do not destroy their offspring” (second century letter to Diognetus).

Our culture has become course and vulgar. No civilized society can survive while condoning evil in its midst. Jesus is the answer. All Christians, all men and all women of goodwill must act now. Change will not come from government — it will come from Christians seeking to change our culture. This is who we are.

Lawrence J. Reichert,

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