Hundreds of thousands of people gathered this past week in Washington D.C. and marched for truth. We heard speeches from inspiring leaders and witnessed the pro-life generation come together in joy, peace, love, and honor for the most vulnerable in our society.
This time and the March for Life, in particular, is the epitome of the pro-life movement. There is something encouraging and comforting about traveling to the March and learning you are not alone; knowing many people believe and respect life. Yet, how do we continue to be pro-life and promote a culture of life when the times do get tough and when we are discouraged? What does it actually mean to be pro-life?
This year has been a year of blessings for the pro-life movement. We have claimed victory in many circumstances in our world through the joy of pro-life Senate, pro-life House, and a pro-life President. The abortion rate is the lowest it has ever been and the victory of defunding Planned Parenthood is in the near future. All of these successes are our prayers, fasting, dedication, and activism at work. But to the pro-life generation, we are not done! Until we can convince the hearts of others that their life is of God and that he is their Creator, how can we claim victory? We must go forth and teach our brothers and sisters in Christ about their life’s value, but not only that, we must teach them how to be pro-life.
Being pro-life is not just being anti-abortion, anti-euthanasia, or anti-death penalty. Although being pro-life encompasses each of these which defend the truth, it is much deeper. To be pro-life is to be rooted in Christ. To be pro-life is to realize that our own life is a gift. To be pro-life is to sanctify each day for Christ. To be pro-life is to love others as Christ did! We must work to promote a culture of life in which abortion, euthanasia, and unjust killing are unthinkable.
Today I invite you, the pro-life generation, to reflect on if you are truly pro-life. I challenge you to open your heart and mind to our Lord. I know when we do this we can become a light of Christ in this very dark era of the world. We can turn the tide and we can convert hearts and minds with God’s grace. Today, I invite you to be more pro-life than you have ever been. Open your eyes to the reality that your life is a unique gift. Sanctify each day for the Lord. Love others more than you ever loved before. When we focus on being pro-life ourselves, we can then claim victory. Are you on a path to victory ladies and gentlemen? Are you leading others to Christ and His truth? Are you doing your part to promote LIFE?
\Written by Corinne Zay, President of AMU Students For Life