Saturday, October 1, 2011

Respect Life Month

October is Respect Life Month, a time to be more aware of life issues in our current society. It is not "anti-abortion" month.

I believe all life is sacred. I believe life begins at the very moment of conception and that a newly conceived child has an immortal soul. As such, I believe that abortion is a terribly destructive force in our world and a cause of much physical and emotional pain.

But I don't think it is the only life issue.

Respecting life means valuing its sacredness from conception to a natural death and at every stage in between. It means working to provide children with stable homes, adequate nutrition and health care, and worthwhile education. It means empowering young adults to make responsible choices about their lives. It means working to uphold the dignity of laborers, providing them with humane work that pays a just wage. It means valuing the disabled, the infirm, and those outside of our comfort zone. It means acknowledging the humanity of inmates on death row, even when they have not acknowledged the humanity of others. It means caring for the poor, widowed and orphaned.

So what can you do?

  • Pray. I firmly believe in the power of prayer to change lives -- and save them.
  • Contact legislators. Make sure you're contacting the right ones. Your town supervisor can do nothing about the legality of abortion in your state, but can certainly address zoning laws to allow group homes to be in 'good' neighborhoods. Your senator can lobby against unjust immigration laws, but can't change Supreme Court decisions.
  • Donate money. Find a reputable group that is working for systemic change or providing real-life assistance to people who need it most.
  • Donate goods. We often wonder if money we donate is being used wisely. Donating food, clothes, or other items lessens that worry. Find a local food cupboard. Or, if you want a challenge, keep some single-serving snacks in your car and offer them to the next person you see with a "Hungry" sign.
  • Volunteer. Many agencies would expand their outreach if they only had the personnel to do so. As the saying goes, be the change you want to see in the world.

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