This was a bumper sticker that I saw in the parking lot of work this morning. It made me stop and think. Okay, you are “pro-child”, and that is a good thing, because all life is precious, and all people are made in the image and likeness of God.
But, which children? Obviously, it can’t be all children, because if you are “pro-choice,” then you are in favor of the destruction of certain children, at least conditionally. So, certainly you are not “pro-” that child.
Then, which children are you in support of? Those whom you have deemed acceptable due to an arbitrary standard? Those whom are convenient and fit into your plans for your life? What of the others? Are they unnecessary, inconvenient and defective and thus able to be discarded carelessly?
Apparently, this is a true statement, at least according to the culture of death in which we find ourselves. It doesn’t only apply to the unborn — it is also true for those who are not “productive members of society” or those who are too old or too sick or too whatever-it-may-be. For those who do not fit society’s arbitrary measuring stick of personal value.
And what if God took this view? Could I be seen as unnecessary, inconvenient and defective in His eyes? Certainly, God doesn’t, strictly speaking, need anything. So, I suppose that it could be said that I am unnecessary. Inconvenient and defective? Well, I think those go hand and hand to a degree. I am certainly a stubborn, sinful little sheep. I would imagine that it would be more convenient to only accept into heaven those people who were not sinful. Probably a little inconvenient to have to purify people in Purgatory. And defective? Well, if my heart and will are not conformed to Christ’s, then, yeah, I’m still defective. And we all have concupiscence, so I would imagine that that applies to each of us.
Praise God that He is not “pro-choice” in this manner. Thanks be to God that He is “pro-life,” and not just in a general sense, but pro- my life and pro- your life, specifically. In a radical and passionate way, is He pro- our lives. He gave His only son — for us! We hear that and we say that a lot — but do we really get it? I don’t think so. I think at most, on our good days, we might get a sliver of what this means, but we probably do not really get it on a day-to-day basis. For if we did, how could we possibly make the bad decisions that we do?
“Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.” I think a lot of us are here. We are like blind little sheep with hardened hearts. Some of us are content to stay this way, or think that we know better and are rooted in place, spiritually, by our own pride. Some of us are struggling to overcome our sheepness, and grow in virtue, and we will continually fall, but I think the point here is that we forgive each other our transgressions and work with one another to pick each other back up, point our brother in the correct direction towards God, and continue in the journey until — please, God — we have all made it safely home.
I pray today, Lord, that You will give me the grace to master my will against my tendency to sin.