I find abortion to be an abominable practice that must be ended. I'm passionate about seeing an end to it and that can make me volatile. I can at times be tempted to be unkind in an effort to win an argument and that is wrong.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the March for Life today and one part of his speech was very important. Now, I'm not saying here that Mr. Pence does what he says here perfectly. I'm not getting into whether his and his boss's immigration policies match his statement below. What I want is just to look at it and see what we can learn.
"I urge you to press on, but as it is written, 'Let your gentleness be evident to all.' Let this movement be known for love, not anger. Let this movement be known for compassion, not confrontation.
If someone saw your last Facebook interaction about abortion would your gentleness be evident?
I've seen people type "MURDERER" to a woman who's admitted she's had an abortion. I've seen the name calling... the assumptions... the lack of care about anything other than "winning" an argument... the absence of gentleness and love. All this makes me sad and, frankly, sets the cause back.
I've also seen when someone interjects a loving, true statement into the fray of words. I've seen gentleness melt anger. I've seen the difference this makes.
The fight for life is won more by sonogram pictures than nasty comebacks. It is won more by donations to organizations that provide for women's prenatal physical and emotional needs than by angry shouts.
Can we be loving and gentle about this topic and not sacrifice the truth and urgency? Absolutely. Our gentleness must be evident to all. The Lord is near. What Paul means when he says "the Lord is near" is that God is close by us, He is in control. God doesn't need us to be rash and unloving to win this fight for life.
So, be passionate about life. Pray that abortion ends and act in ways to accomplish that. But be so gentle. If people can't see your resolve for ending abortion AND your gentleness then you're doing it wrong.
Let your gentleness be evident to all today.