By Hannah Tomlinson DEPUTY COUNSEL –
Tuesday morning the House chamber rang with the voices of Representatives debating a complete ban of taxpayer-funded abortions. Tuesday night as the President gave his State of the Union Address, there was no mention of the unborn. Politically speaking, it was probably a smart move. Lines are clearly drawn for those men and women, and even if the President had among the audience an abortion “success story,” he wouldn’t have raised the entire room to its feet as he did with the grateful recognition of the young heroic soldier. That was a classy closing.
In the actual state of the Union, abortion is very much on our minds, and very much on the minds of our representatives. The House passed the ban on taxpayer-funded abortions yesterday, and reports are out that 2013 was a record-making year for new life-affirming legislation. (If you haven’t already, be sure to read the report released by American’s United for Life, available here.)
At last week’s March for Life, Kansas Governor Brownback called the young people gathered the “pro-life generation.”
Pope Francis tweeted (yes, tweeted!), “I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable.”
One marcher, Beverly Miller of Minnesota, said what others were certainly thinking. “When we get together in a group like this and we see that there’s hundreds of thousands of other people like us, it gives us strength and courage and hope that we aren’t alone. If we stand together, we really can make a difference.”
It is sobering but also inspiring to think that if even half of the 25 million registered evangelical Christians got out and voted, Washington would have an entirely new face.
Let our words always be seasoned with grace, and let us walk worthy of the high calling of God in Christ. We are certainly not alone.