Word from the Center: Friday, January 18, 2019

Welcome to “Word from The Center” FRIDAY, a Two-Kingdom, practical reflection on the issues of the day from the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s topic/issue….

The March for Life — It’s about the Science?

This is the week when thousands will gather here in Washington D.C. to participate in the March for Life. Yvette and I will be there marching with fellow Lutherans, fellow Christians, those from other faith traditions, and even non-Christians from all over the United States who are standing up for the fundamental principle of the sanctity of all human life. That’s right. It’s more than the issue of abortion. It’s about the essence of life and the fundamental value of each and every life. That ever-expanding proclamation has led to a growing youth involvement in the Pro-Life movement. In fact, it’s one of the reasons that abortions continue to drop year by year(For the trends and the data, see https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2018/11/21/number-abortions-us-hits-historic-low/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0d014bcf887b).

It’s also important to note that when we stand for life, we stand for the value of life for those we love, yes; but we also stand for the value of human life, even for those with whom we might disagree. Valuing life as sacred undergirds so many of the universal blessings of our culture. Notions such as equal justice under the law, societal protection of the vulnerable, universal education for all, and many like them flowed from a fundamental notion of the sanctity of life as something precious. People aren’t just cogs in the machine of culture; they are individuals created in the image of God. As such they have value and purpose in life. Even in our darkest moments in history, this notion of what it means to be human has been a driving force in what is good and healthy in our culture. That’s why it is so vital to defend it, to proclaim it, and to live it for others.

But this year’s March for Life has a theme that you might not have heard much about in the popular culture. Ready? “Pro-Life Is Pro-Science.” At a Capitol Hill news conference last month, Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund, announced the theme, “Unique from Day One: Pro-Life is Pro-Science,” as she said,

“So many who are abortion advocates erroneously try to paint life and science as being in conflict, and it’s just not true,” she told CBN News at the event. “So we thought we would re-visit the facts, Biology 101, and emphasize how being pro-life is pro-science.”[1]

That notion that we are unique human beings with unique DNA from conception until natural death (we would add, uniquely created by God, of course) is key to the protections and rights that we all enjoy. It is also the motivating factor that compels us to strive to use these rights faithfully in service to one another as unique creatures of God. If we don’t see you in D.C. at the March, remember you can join the movement in cities around the country.  You can also pray for our work together with the March For Life, Lutherans for Life, and the other Pro-Life groups here in our Nation’s Capital. This year I’ve been honored to share the opening prayer at the March for Life banquet. I’ll be praying for the strength needed for all of us to be Pro-Life people, not just for those we love, but for all.

[1] http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/october/pro-life-is-pro-science-how-march-for-life-is-schooling-pro-abortion-advocates