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Swimming Against the Tide Since 33 AD














Being Pro Life has never been easy. In a society that embraces worldy values such as having few children, contraception, and sometimes even abortion, being  pro life advocates means we are literally swimming against this tide. Thus we are labeled as backwards, medieval, against science, and against progress, as the liberals and modernists would say. Perhaps the reason for this is that for many of us pro-lifers, our being pro-life is rooted to our Christianity.

Adam and Eve went against God’s will by partaking of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and life here on Earth was never the same. From that moment on mankind was constantly being lured by the devil in order to go against the will of God. Christ came, however, and taught us how to swim against the tide of a world full of sin and to turn back to God. Some of the things he taught in his life were quite counter-intuitive and contrary to common practice during His time; come to think of it, His teachings, and by extension, the Catholic Church’s teachings, are also unpopular by today’s standards. Here are some of them:

1. Love Thy Enemies (Mt. 5:44) – in a society where an eye for an eye was the norm, he revealed that the commandments were really all about love: loving God, loving one’s neighbors, and loving oneself, in that order. Therefore, this commandment of love demands that we love those who, in our eyes, seem the least worthy of our love, and forgive all the offenses committed against us. Easier said than done, but this is definitely a command, not a suggestion.

2. Seek First the Kingdom of God (Mt. 6:33) – A reminder that our primary goal in life should not be our own profit, nor should we be asking for riches or fame all the time. To seek God’s Kingdom is to build it here on Earth, to let God’s will be our will and our guide in this life, “and all these things will be given to you.”

This is diametrically opposed to pro-choicer’s mantra of “quality of life”, a term often used a counter-argument to pro-lifers who ‘choose life.’ Quality of life implies that there should be less children in order to give them more; better education, more food, more time spent with each child. This term, however, is a flawed premise; just because I have only 2 children, that doesn’t mean I can provide for them better than someone who has more kids. And quality of life at what cost? Going against what the Christ and His Church teach in the name of ‘quality of life’ ?

Seek first God’s Kingdom. God will make take care of the rest.

3. Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me (Luke 9: 23) – with all the comforts, riches, and perks that this life has to offer, our Lord tells us to shun them all, and to take up the crosses of our lives and follow in His footsteps towards Calvary. The cross was the symbol of shame and defeat during His time, but Jesus turned it into a symbol of victory over death. To carry our crosses means to offer our sufferings up to the Lord who was the first to embrace the cross,

4. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13) – A popular song says: “learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all…” Quite the opposite of what the Lord says, which is to give one’s life for one’s friends.

Being pro-life, especially in these times where the pressure to pass the RH bill is very strong, don’t you find yourself dying each day, whenever you are ridiculed and hated for your beliefs,  or whenever you find friends and loved ones opposing the very ideas and values you espouse? Each pro-lifer has some sacrifice to make, some more than others; but if our sacrifice enable people to think things through and eventually choose life, thus enabling people to be born, then our sacrifices would have meant everything for these people.

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One Response to “Swimming Against the Tide Since 33 AD”
  1. Wonderful! Unfortunately some think of: here, now, me. Yet, I cannot understand why the entire nation of tax payers ;should be compelled to support a program to benefit some who cannot spend for their uncontrolled urge. Just like the basic needs of man, food, clothing and shelter – each should work for what he needs and provide himself within his means with the same and his level. Some want to enjoy sex but with protection to avoid child birth, then let them spend , With or without RH bill the practice of using contraceptive devices, chemicals and the like has been in practice/tolerated. Why institutionalize it? Why make me sponsor of an act that I detest? “If you want to go to hell, to not ask me to provide for your fare.”

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