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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Battlefield Life

The pro-life issue is one that is paramount in all of Christian moral teaching.  The sanctity of human life is something that is give from God and cannot be violated.  However, our country on a regular basis violates this inviolable law of God.  To those that are heavily active in the pro-life cause they are aware that this is battlefield.  A battlefield, a war, that has seen more innocent casualties than every other war combined.  This post is not meant for you, I personally commend you.  This is meant towards those people who do not feel that they need to be involved in this cause.  Since the majority of those people reading this are probably involved in the pro-life cause, I would say pass this along to someone who needs to hear it and take it to heart. 
                To start with, we need to understand that this is a war, and the battlefield has been everywhere and the injuries have been just as widespread.  Lives are being taken and a large portion of the population takes these attacks without doing a thing.  We hear about terrorism and attacks of terror all the time.  What we have here is violent attacks against the sanctity of human life.  While some might be offended that I compare abortion to terrorism, violence is violence and the victims are just as innocent.  The injuries here are not just physical injuries but also the psychological injuries to those who have had abortions or been forced into decisions of euthanasia that have left them guilt ridden on what they have done.  First off, to those people, the Church is here for you, supports you, and will welcome you home with open arms.  Our God is merciful and forgiving and He waits for you to come to him and ask.  Do we not hear in the Bible for the mouth of Jesus himself in Luke 11:9-10,” And I tell you, Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you, for everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
                What is courage?  Courage as defined by dictionary.com is, “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.”  I heard it defined more simply than that.  Courage is running towards the bullets and not away.  Courage drove the firefighters, police officers, port authority officials, rescue personnel, and priests to the World Trade Center site when everyone else was running in the opposite direction.  It is with courage given to us by God that we must run towards the fight for life and not away.  Realizing that running towards the front lines of the fight are not for everyone, in a well run battle there are always support staff.  The same goes for this battlefield.  You can battle this war from right where you are, on your couch, in your kitchen or outside in the garden.  Prayer warriors are something that is always needed and the more the better.  Pray, Pray, Pray for life for those who are on the front lines in the battle for life.  As you pray consider that God might be calling you, play a more active role in the battle for life.  Those who are on the front lines need the reinforcements of all generations. 
                As I reflect on the battle for the innocent, the silent, and those who cannot defend themselves, I feel as though sometimes we are ambushed by a court ruling or law that seems to set back our defense of life.  We get pushed across streets, penned in behind orange fences when we stand up for life.  Yet throughout whatever offensives are launched against us, we must stand for life.  The battle call has gone out and the battle lines have been drawn, never more so than in today’s climate.  Politically, economically, and morally the lines have been drawn and that battle is ensuing.
                Ultimately it comes down to will you stand for those that cannot stand for themselves.  When you get to heaven and God asks did you battle for those innocent lives that needed you, needed protection.  Do you want to have to answer no?  Will you answer the battle call of God?  We know in the end the outcome of this war and that God has the victory, which does not excuse us in the here and now.  We must fight. 
Life is not a choice it is a right.  A right that all should have. 
Never Give Up.  Never Surrender
May God Bless you this day, and remember to thank your mother, because if you are reading this she chose life.

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