The purpose of this series of posts is to voice support for President Donald Trump in his negotiations with Congress, but, given the title, I suppose my readers are going to wonder. What has that title and this post got to do with President Donald Trump negotiations to get a border wall, fence, barrier, or whatever out of Congress? Well, we will get to that in PART 3.
Are you a one-issue voter? Are you a pro-life one-issue voter? Are you cynical about politics? Well, I don’t blame you, but sitting on your buttocks and coming out to vote only when you believe your issue is on the ballot is not going to save any babies. So a little self-examination is in order. What could we do better?
THE SITUATION (OTHERWISE KNOW AS THE PROBLEM)
A little over a week ago I reblogged (here) Victims of Systems Beyond Our Control. In his post, Alexander Hellene pointed out that Gen X is a victim of systems out of their control. When I pointed out that had not actually identified which systems he was concerned about, he provided a follow-up, Which Systems? *UPDATED*. Here describes serious issues with the following systems: education, economic, university, immigration, military, and entertainment.
With his posts, what is doing? Something quite important. He is defining the problem. Do I agree with how defines the problem? Not entirely, but we will go with what he wrote. Why? Defining a problem does not solve a problem (and I expect is aware of that). Unfortunately, lots of people are not. Instead of trying to solve a problem, they focus on the problem (If you are not certain what I mean by that, please read ARE YOU FOCUSING ON THE PROBLEM OR THE SOLUTION?). In the worst case, instead of focusing on the solution, some people (like most politicians), start looking for someone to blame. Therefore, since ‘s posts provide a fairly good definition of the problem, let just add one more observation and proceed.
WHAT IS A CULTURE OF LIFE?
What exactly is THE PROBLEM has identified? He has pointed to “systems” that are not working, but is there an overarching explanation for they are not working? We will get to that question, but for now that’s something to think about.
What is the overall solution for the problem of abortion? If we want women to stop aborting their babies, we need to convince women to love their unborn children. We need a culture that promotes life, a “culture of life”. What is a “culture of life”? Here is a definition.
The phrase “culture of life” is a term used in discussion of moral theology, especially that of the Catholic Church. Its proponents describe it as a way of life based upon the theological truth that human life at all stages from conception through natural death is sacred. As such, a “culture of life” opposes practices destructive of human life, often including abortion, euthanasia, studies and medicines involving embryonic stem cells, contraception, capital punishment, unjust war, sadistic humiliation, narcissism, and excessive selfishness. In United States politics, Social conservatives frequently use the term “culture of life” in opposition to abortion and embryonic stem cell research. In 2005, 68% of White evangelical Protestants in the United States opposed abortion, 58% opposed euthanasia and 15% opposed the death penalty.
Here are some references.
- Culture of life (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_lifed)
- A Culture of Life (christianitytoday.com)
- Culture Of Life and How to Build a Culture of Life (usccb.org)
What makes a culture a culture of life? Love. When we come into contact with another person, instead of seeing that person as a problem, someone to be disposed of, we see an opportunity to glorify our Creator by obeying His command to love another person as He loved us (John 15:12).
John 15:9-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
Love and Joy Perfected
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.
What we believe makes a difference. If we don’t believe God wants us to love our neighbors, few of us will love our neighbors. Even the lives of our own children will have less worth. Without love might makes right. Without love, a tiny, weak child has little value. Without love a child become disposable the instant it becomes a nuisance to the pleasure of the strong.