Along the Great Prolife Divide

Division has long been an issue among all people regardless of the subject matter. There will always be the stalwarts, the fence-sitters, the wall flowers besides the angry ones, bitter ones, and smile-in-yer-face ones. There was division in the Garden of Eden so how could I possibly think that we ever can overcome division?

The Prolife/Prochoice debate has been going on a long, long while with no real end in sight. Division isn’t coming from the ‘us-against-them’ argument; division is coming from the allies, not the enemy.

While I do know that particular faith doctrines are in grave error, we are not in a prolife ‘faith’ battle, we are in the unborn baby saving war. So while we are forced to hear about a prolifer’s conversion to another ‘faith’, it takes away from what we are all here to do: SAVE THE UNBORN FROM ABORTION DEATH.

PRIDE. The pride of a person’s organized religion choice is the problem. It comes from the top and oozes its way down the slippery slope. Causing division instantly takes your eyes off the task at hand and shifts it to defending yourself.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14, KJV.

I had recently changed my Twitter profile to say that I am ex-Catholic by birth, Born Again Christian by choice. I changed it because I needed to identify myself as a Minister first, prolifer second. Instantly, I was contacted by a fellow Twitter-person (tweeter? lol) about the ‘Rosary of the Unborn’, which I have never heard of. This fellow Twitter-person was trying to openly rebuke my born-again Christian experience with Catholicism, thus causing division and confusion to satisfy their choice of organized religion. Please understand, this is just the tip of the religion-choice prolife division iceberg.

God does not recognize organized religion; He only recognizes who chooses the Blood that was shed for the remission of sins. Have we forgotten that organized religion put Jesus on the Cross?

It isn’t just my opinion of when life begins, but what God says about Life and when it begins and ends. Only He is the author and finisher. God birthed my ministry because He chose me to do so before the foundations of the world (Jeremiah 1:5). And I happen to be a Born Again Christian.

 

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4 Replies to “Along the Great Prolife Divide”

  1. Although I didn’t read the Twitter you got about the rosary for life, I’m not sure if you may have read into the persons intent. The rosary is said by a growing number of Christians from various religious denominations and the rosary she speaks of is a prayer and meditation for the end to legalized infanticide. Perhaps she was appealing to your past Catholic upbringing to let you know that Catholics are marching hand in hand with whoever might take this moral atrocity seriously. As I say, I did not see the tweet but withing the pro-life community ecumenism is not uncommon among the active prayer warriors.

  2. I appreciate the clarification, but I found that the timing was on-mark toward me personally. This division has been going on for a while now and I think that the ‘fairness’ of it is lopsided. But be that as it may, I press toward the mark 🙂

  3. I understand how you feel, but in reverse.

    I get smacked quite a bit in all sorts of ways, including some that are quite public and ugly, by people who want to rebuke me for being Catholic. I do pray the Rosary for Life (which may or may not be the same things as the Rosary for the unborn, I dunno.) But I know that God hears ALL our prayers, including (much to the chagrin of certain clergy) the prayers of unbelievers. I know this because I was an unbeliever once and He heard my prayers when I prayed them. I repeat: God hears all of our prayers. And he loves all of us. Even the rude ones.

    If I may be so bold, I’d like to make a suggestion. Don’t take these little pricks of insult personally. Don’t let yourself be angered or troubled by them. They are just a tiny annoyance. Nothing more.

  4. Maybe it is just my particular demographic, but I see the changes in a very positive light. The old antagonism of different faith groups to one another has been slowly changing to a new found antagonism of atheists versus Christians of any stripe. Personally I never mind that Evangelicals would attack Catholics as being non-Biblical etc. as long as it was motivated by sincere love for the person and a desire to save their soul as they saw it. Likewise unkind Catholic responses have mostly changed to giving reasons for our joy in our own faith. I cheer the change in attitude because it may be the foundation that scandalizes the Mystical Body of Christ that Christ prayed would be one. I know it is unlikely that this will happen any time soon, our working together on moral issues that are central to the beliefs of all Christians is breaking down barriers that in the past were unbreakable. At least most people I have been speaking with in a predominantly Protestant part of the South is very encouraging. We are now speaking and not throwing around emotionally charged epithets or name calling. Your part of the country may be different but in my experience it has gotten far better in this regard.

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