Show truth in a loving way
Updated: Mar 25, 2019
This morning I returned from doing pro-life activism in Florida, and so it is very fitting that today is #ServiceSaturday. With the Canadian Center for Bioethical Reform (CCBR) (1), myself and a group of people of all ages flew to Florida to give a voice for those who don’t have one.
After a day of training, we travelled to a few campuses in the state to talk to whoever was open to chat. We stood in front of photos of aborted babies (abortion victim photography) from various stages of pregnancy, and asked people what their thoughts on abortion were.
As you could imagine, we were confronted with some anger, however we were also able to have so many conversations! The outcomes of the conversations varied.
One pro-choice Christian with whom I spoke thought that abortions were okay if the mother’s life is on the line. I informed her that there is no medical reason for abortion and that this has been proven by doctors, and she replied that she was unaware of this. After showing how a young college man how his values played out in real life, he shared that he felt uncomfortable with his views.
Another women whom I spoke with didn’t need much conversation at all... after seeing the picture of abortions she said “I never knew it looked like that” and she was on the pro-life mailing list within minutes.
The goal is to change hearts and minds completely, so that the unborn are given a chance to live, but even if all we do is leave pebbles in the shoes of others, God is already at work! Some people went from pro-choice to pro-life, others became a little more pro-life (i.e. against late-term abortion), still others were left with food for thought.
Some people seemed unaffected by the conversation, but the conversation actually happened! Because of anger-driven pro-lifers and anger-driven pro-choicers, people want to avoid conversation on abortion. If we were to make abortion illegal, that is not what will change the hearts and minds of people... At the end of the day abortion is killing and so needs to become illegal, yet we still need to have conversations and to do that with love and not with anger.
We need to show others, rather than tell others, the truth. We need to show them that we aren’t pro-life because we want to condemn mothers or strip them of their rights, but rather we’re pro-life because we care for the wellbeing of both the mother and her baby.
Before this trip, I would avoid all opportunities to discuss abortion because the topic is too controversial, too sensitive, people will be mad at me, I don’t want to cause tension... and the list of excuses goes on. But isn’t someone’s right to life more important than what people will think of me? Am I not here to please God and not others?
Over this past week, I confirmed that yes, abortion is in fact a controversial and sensitive topic to discucss. And yes, some people will be mad at me. Yet, through training and through conversation I was shown that peacefully spreading the truth is possible.
I was scared to go on the trip, and terrified to initiate my first discussion, yet I quickly learned that I was able to have peaceful and loving discussions. I don’t need to yell at people, call them murderers or put them down in any way... all I do is love and stand for truth as Christ did. I try my best to understand why someone may think differently than I do, yet I never cover up the truth. And the truth is that abortion kills innocent human beings.
Those of us in Canada can speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, by volunteering for organizations such as CCBR. For those of us outside of Canada, look for organizations in your area and find out what needs to be done.
Stephanie Gray, founder of CCBR, shows us how we can show the truth and love others simultaneously. We don’t need years of training for it either. (2)
The unborn cannot breathe on their own, let alone fight for their right to life. It is up to us, so what are we waiting for? We plant the seeds, and God waters them!