I see them out there every week. Marching, protesting, waving their banners of bloodied baby bodies.
Their cause is obvious; they want the world to see the horrors of abortion. Their right is true; America is a land of freedom of speech. Their approach is wrong.
I pulled my car over to where they were standing, and asked if I could take their picture. They were hesitant, but when I told them that I was a local pastor’s wife and I wanted to share their cause on my blog, they lit up.
After the last camera click, I asked if they knew of any other businesses that held offices in the buildings they were protesting. They didn’t.
I proceeded to tell them: A planned parenthood clinic. A fertility clinic. A mental health clinic.
Oh, and the state’s only Child Trauma Center; the place where kids who have experienced horrific violence and unimaginable trauma go for healing. This is where they post their bloody, threatening signs.
Regardless of one’s political or religious beliefs, whether pro-life or pro-choice, the manner in which we share our opinions is paramount. As a follower of Christ, I know I’m walking a forbidden line by challenging pro-lifers. But, there has to be a better way to pursue a cause.
If a pro-life person is willing to fight vehemently for the rights of an unborn child, at the expense of damaging or scaring already traumatized, emotionally fragile, born children, what is the gain? Is it okay to visually terrorize young children in an attempt to guilt broken women and pursue a political agenda? Where is the benefit to instilling anger, hatred and condemnation, under the guise of sharing the love of Jesus? Seriously? This couldn’t be more wrong.
I know it’s a revolutionary thought, but certainly more good could be done by sharing God’s love in a manner that is actually loving.
If we care about the choices a person makes, let’s care about the people. If we value life, we should value all lives.
I realize this isn’t a well-worded post, or even well-processed. But, I’m just fired up. And angry. And disappointed. And, quite frankly, disgusted.