In former President Bill Clinton’s book My Life, he states that that “everyone knows life begins biologically at conception. No one knows when biology turns into humanity.”
When I first heard this I wasn’t surprised, considering the source. After all, his rationalization to the grand jury when being questioned about why he doesn’t think he lied about his marital infediliies was:
“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If the–if he–if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not–that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement.”
Listening to that made my head hurt. It’s kind of like listening to the old Abbot and Costello comedy skit “Who’s On First?” The troubling thing is that protecting life is not a comedy sketch.
This Sunday, January 19, is national “Sanctity of Human Life” day. When I talk to pastors throughout the year and attempt to get their churches involved in pro-life activities, I often hear them say that yes, they’re pro-life because they preach about life on “Sanctity of Life” Sunday. Period. That’s it. I really do appreciate the fact that there is one day a year that something may be said, but it’s up to us to continue this year round.
A priest once told me that he stresses the importance of life “from the womb to the tomb.” Besides being a catchy phrase, it is the absolute truth! Our country was founded on Christian principles and tasked with a separation of church and state NOT to protect the government from religion, but to protect religion from government. What we are experiencing in our country today is the complete opposite. We hold the power in our hands to turn this around through prayer, compassion, education, and more…..but we have to do it together.
As we celebrate the sanctity of life this Sunday, and as we mourn the loss of over 56 million children killed through abortion since 1973 on January 22, we ask God for strength as our work goes on….