As I write this post, it is Christmas Eve. This is important because whether times be good for our cause or tougher for those who defend the little ones, many of us in the Movement are sustained through good times and bad by the assurance we are doing what He has appointed us to do.
Paul Stark once wrote a brief but poignantly tender and observant story about “Three things Christmas tells us about human life and dignity,” including this paragraph. Christmas tells us
The weak and vulnerable matter just as much as the strong and independent. God himself chose to enter the world in the most vulnerable condition possible: as a tiny embryo, and then a fetus, and then a newborn baby lying in a manger. This turned ancient “might makes right” morality on its head. It suggests that human dignity is not determined by age, size, power or independence.
Talk about counter-cultural!
Collectively, what are Mr. Stark and President Bush reminding us of? Dozens of important truths, but in light of the Christmas season, here are three.
1. The more powerful we are, the greater our obligations, particularly to those who are at our mercy. What a fundamental difference it makes whether you believe that your more powerful position obliges you to look after those in your care, or whether you have persuaded yourself this frees you to do what you want to because….you can.
2. The unborn, the child born with disabilities, the elderly woman who has clearly (but falsely) learned the lesson that she is a “burden” are “the most easily forgotten.” Are they invisible? No. We choose to look aside.
3. Pro-lifers do not live in a world that is hermetically sealed off from pain and difficult times and immense challenges.