The great Lutheran theologian and martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, once said:
"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."We cannot allow injustice stand while we watch it happen and remain guiltless. Justice demands that we speak against it. But, all too often we hear the argument that we shouldn't "impose" our views on anyone. This is relativism and a cop-out.
Our life is not our own. We owe it to God and others to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. We must do so or else we will pay for our sin of cooperation in allowing the evil to persist. Social evils are owned by every individual in the society that allows them. They are our evils.
My mother found out about the Roe v Wade decision while she was pregnant with me - Jan 22, 1973. I was born six months later. A few years ago, she told me the story of how she wept for our country that day, because she now had the legal right to kill me if she so chose. My mother knew there really was no "choice" to make, because the decision of my life wasn't her own to make, it was for God alone.
My mother's tears have caused me to love life from that moment in her womb.
One way to speak up is to participate in the different pro-life marches that will take place around the country. If you are in DC or went to the West Coast Walk for Life, our prayers are with you. The Texas Rally for Life will be this coming weekend. If you are not going to any, please pray for our country and act locally.
"A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer." - Blessed Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae