A Pilgrim’s Journey from “Choice” to “Life”
How does one go from being blissfully ignorant about Life, to becoming a defender of “Choice”, and to where we are now – a voice for the Sanctity of Life? In my case, it was all about God and Country.
Ignorant: As a young man in the ‘60’s, I never imagined that anyone could intentionally take the life of an unborn baby. And if they did, so what? It was none of my business – was it?
Oblivious: In the ‘70’s, as a diplomat-in-training in Washington DC, I paid no attention when the Supreme Court “legalized” abortion. So what? It didn’t affect me, and did God care? I never asked.
Indifferent: In the early ’80’s, as part of the State Department’s US/China policy team, I even defended China’s “One Child” policy – including coerced abortions. After all, it didn’t affect America — did it?
Concerned: That all changed when our family returned to the U.S. in the late ‘90’s from our last overseas assignment, and we were struck by the moral coarsening of our culture.
Awakened: That included the issue of Life, and my wife and I knew that we had to help repair the damage done by our ignorance and indifference. Like Jesus’ parable of the tares, we had been asleep while all this was happening. It was time to wake up.
Mobilized: Janet began volunteering at our local Pregnancy Center. We founded the Valley Family Forum with Life as a top priority. We sponsored Pro-Life booths at public events. We helped promote Pro-Life legislation in the VA General Assembly. We led bus trips to the March for Life in DC every Jan. 22. Not much, but it’s what we could do.
For God, for Family, for Country! More than anything, however, we realized that we had become too preoccupied with our own ambitions and had left God out of our lives. That had to change. It is now a time for personal repentance, for spiritual revival, and for national restoration.
Our Pledge: Therefore, we too will lower our American flag on the Day of Tears in grieving memory of those already taken from us and in sacred pledge to fight on for those still to come.
It is a Pilgrim’s Journey – for Life. So help us God.
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