Moral Courage for Pro-life

Have you ever felt like the Lord had you on faith journey that you were completely unaware of it until all the pieces came together. This recently happened to me in regards to abortion.

Approximately 45 days ago (#of days is important, so hang on), I was perusing our local catholic website. Even though, I am not catholic, my husband and I have attended events. As I was scrolling on the website, an advertisement for 40 Days for Life. I clicked on the link and learned about the organization.

40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach. They take a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out His plan for the end of abortion in America. The 40-day campaign tracks Biblical history, where God used 40-day periods to transform individuals, communities…and the entire world.

To say the Lord “smacked me” sounds violent and crazy. It was violent to my spirit! God called me out.

I felt like God drew a line in the sand and said, “Carrie, I am opposed to killing babies! Where are you?” Theologically we can’t lose our salvation. Yet, I knew God was giving me an ultimatum in regards to my relationship with Him. It took me two-seconds to fall to my knees weeping and saying, “Of course, Lord. I love you and will always love you!”

I immediately ordered a sweatshirt, 40 days Devotion book and the book What to Say When: The Complete New Guide to Discussing Abortion. I knew I needed to get informed and empowered by the Holy Spirit. I started the 40 Days for Life fast guided by the Holy Spirit. Thus, the Lord’s timing was perfect with when I became informed.

I also watch the movie Unplanned about Abbey Johnson, a Christian mom, who worked as a clinical manager for Planned Parenthood. You can stream it for FREE on Tubi, AmazonPrime, Vudu, and other services.

A few comments…

  1. If you are old enough to remember the Pro-life movement being violent, hateful and grotesque, then I invite you to peruse 40 Days for Life. They are a peaceful, science-based, multi-faith organization that reaches out to everyone affected by abortion (women, unborn babies, abortion workers, ex-planned parenthood employees, and doctors).
  2. Sometimes we find ourselves on the fence with issues. I will admit I was never, per se Pro-Choice, but I had justified abortions in cases of rape, incest, and did not want abortions to return to “back-alley” procedures. The Lord set me straight on His truth and where I needed to be. As a Christian who holds firmly on the truth of the Bible, I needed to be disciplined and reproofed in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
  3. Pray and search out the scientific proof and Biblical proof. They align together. Life begins at conception and God’s is the creator of all life. He intimately knows each human, even in the womb (Psalm 139).

God had been leading me to this point through many small steps. Now I just pray for the moral courage to live out His truth in love and grace.

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