Justice is most clearly measured by our treatment of the most helpless.
All across our great nation there are people fighting for change and equality. We as a nation are crying out against racial, gender, and sexual inequality like never before. We demand justice, but are we demanding it for those who literally are helpless to defend themselves? I would say, no. As a country we are not. Because the one without a voice? The group that is the most helpless? Is the unborn child. In our fights for justice and fairness we often overlook this silent group.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Proverbs 31:8
The Bible tells us that we are created in the image of God. That He knew us before we were born. As a Christian, I believe that ALL lives matter. Even the lives of those we cannot see yet. The lives of those who have not yet been born.
As both a mother and a doula I have witnessed over and over again the miracle of childbirth. I have felt life moving inside of me. I have watched-and felt-tiny legs and arms push against my stomach. When I see a pregnant woman, I see two people. Two people, separate but connected, each withthe right to be protected.
I also see fear. And exhaustion. And uncertainty. I see women who feel alone and scared and hopeless. And I understand those feelings, because I too have felt that way. I am a Christian, a mother, a doula….and I believe in grace. I believe in compassion. I believe in supporting women-both born and in the womb. I believe in taking a stand and speaking up for those without a voice. And I believe in offering an abundance of grace and love to all people. Because none of us are perfect. None of us have it all figured out.
And Church? It’s time we re-evaluate our view on children. It’s time we put actions to our words. It’s time we stop acting as though children are a burden. It’s time we stop shaming single mothers. It’s time we stop antagonizing large families. It’s time we offer unconditional support to those who have no help. It’s time we join together and declare that ALL lives matter. Because being pro-life doesn’t end at birth. It means supporting and helping all people of all nations. It means seeing one another as God sees us-lovingly created in His image.
Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. But it should not be the only day this year that we speak up for the silent, the broken-hearted and those who are suffering. May we continue to do that on a daily basis. May we as a nation lift up and protect every life.
I am pro-woman.
I am pro-child.
I am pro-every life.