TIPS for defending the unborn and loving the mothers
Do you ever face challenges as a pro-lifer?
This is a very scary topic to write about and it shouldn't be like this. We should be able to discuss moral issues without becoming hateful but well, it's hard, so things look the way they do. But we can do better. Before we go blaming other people for how things are, just a little reminder that, when there are multiple parties involved in a conversation, we are all responsible for maintaining a respectful conversation.
First, we may wholeheartedly disagree with someone's opinion but that does not give us the right to demean them in any way. As Christians we know that the battle we fight is spiritual, so let's be careful not to make enemies out of our brothers and sisters and instead practice holding loving, truthful, discussions. We need to build bridges, not burn their very potential by ineffective, anger-fuel discussion. People want to know that we too are human and that we understand why they feel the way they do.
That all being said, keeping a conversation respectful does not mean that we hold back facts, but rather, that we find an effective and compassionate way of communicating truth. People deserve to know the truth about abortion, and victims of abortion deserve it's lethal effects to be talked about. Relaying this truth effectively implies that we need to know the truth and also know how to share it lovingly.
So, how do we do this? By remaining teachable and by actually doing it.
To help us achieve this delicate balance of truth and love, I have chosen 4 resources. Stephanie Gray equips us not only with tools for debating but also with tools for loving (1); The Pro-Life Guys podcast answers the tough pro-choice questions that we are often posed (2) and Stuck provides a fantastic, easy-to-follow structure on how to have a pro-life discussion (3). Lastly, there is a 5-week course created to help equip your parish (4).
All of these resources have a relationship with CCBR and hopefully help us feel more comfortable with having debates on sensitive topics. We can put these tools to use by getting active in our communities, or by starting dialogue in our families, and amongst our friends!
(1) Stephanie Gray: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3YDjFnXHcI *
(2) The Pro-Life Guys (Podcast): https://open.spotify.com/show/38NuuTfL6CpJBDi7AcuOzr...
(3) Stuck (Book): https://thebridgehead.ca/product/stuck/
(4) Parish Course: https://www.endthekilling.ca/study-series/
*In my opinion, the man who introduces Stephanie Gray does not give a good example of respectfully speaking of people who support abortion. "Little things" like this do matter because they impact how we then interact with other people*
Each week I will be sharing a resource with you that has spoken to me in some way, shape, or form. It may be something that I'm going through personally or something that I found very informative or inspiring. I will also be adding additional materials where possible. I'm really excited to share these resources with you! Last week was Therapy & Theology: Setting healthy boundaries #Spotlight