by Daniel Becker
President Georgia Right to Life
“I can’t Mom . . . it’s just too hard! Please Mom . . . I tried, I CAN’T. PLEASE don’t make me”
Parents around the world have heard this common refrain whenever Junior is asked to clean-up his room. What type of parent would say to Junior, “That’s OK Junior . . . just do what you can and we (parents) will have to accept that you tried.” In today’s climate of highly dysfunctional families, many might actually argue that this is good parenting. From the perspective of a father who has raised five well-adjusted children, who in turn, are successfully parenting twenty-six beautiful young people of their own—I say, “This is an anemic form of parenting which will plague our culture for generations to come.”
How often have we heard our “pro-life” politicians echo the cry of this petulant child? “Please don’t make me actual stand up and BE pro-life. Isn’t it enough that I have tried?” And we reply as the dysfunctional parent —“… if the legislative support for protecting babies before twenty weeks does not yet exist in a particular legislative body – if, in other words, the votes just aren’t there without adding a provision which will allow the killing of a certain class of child– then yes Junior, we can support that ban precisely because we know you are doing everything you can at the moment—your trying . . .”
The zeitgeist of our age only requires that we “try”, not that we actually accomplish anything. Catholic theologian G.K. Chesterton said, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting . . . it has been found difficult and not tried. “ Today the modern pro-life movement is approaching 42 years old. 40+ years have passed and all we have to show is a Partial Birth Abortion Ban that admittedly doesn’t save a single life. Our “room” is not only NOT clean, but there is in fact, no credible plan on making it so. What the movement is asserting is that “in today’s political climate it is impossible to expect any more.” This has become an excuse for not trying.
Doing the impossible by faith is what God requires of all His disciples in order to please Him. Jesus taught His disciples that it is also the WAY in which we present our requests that make a difference.
"And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." Luke 11:5-10
WE need more biblical IMPUDENCE in the prolife movement today. This requires that we must first visualize what God intends to do in a situation and then act in harmony with it. When applied to the political realm it means, we, as the 21st century prolife movement, must be willing to require a higher standard than what has been seen these last 40 years and expect God to “show Himself strong” on behalf of His cause. Our part must be to require the biblical standard found in Dt 24:16. “NO child must ever be put to death for the crimes of its father.”
Whenever I talk with Rebecca Kiessling, a mother of five who was herself conceived in rape, I am reminded that allowing a “rape exception” in a piece of legislation allows for someone to die with our blessing . . . the excuse being given that . . . we tried and just can’t save all. Here is the kicker, “What if you could save all? But you just didn’t ask . . . impudently (as Jesus defined it)?” “What if there are examples of states ‘asking’ and successfully saving all?” Michigan and Georgia are the only two states nationally who have no “rape and incest exceptions” in their law and other states have recently made the switch as well (TN, AK, NH, and OH) If it CAN be done anywhere then it needs to be done everywhere! The excuse “We tried”—just won’t cut it.
For those of us in the personhood branch of the pro-life movement, we can imagine scenarios which deliver only a partial victory. In fact, almost all legislation outside of a personhood amendment at a national constitutional level, would fall into this category. We are NOT ALL OR NOTHING as many of our critics are charging. We, like Oliver Twist, are simply saying to our political taskmasters, “Might we have more?”
Perhaps if the current pro-life leadership discounts our Lord’s words, maybe they can receive it from a Jedi master—Yoda, when admonishing HIS disciple Luke Skywalker,
YODA: “Always with you it cannot be done. Do you . . . nothing that I say? You must UN-learn what you have learned.
LUKE SKYWALKER: “Alright I’ll give it a try.”
“DO or DO NOT . . . there is NO TRY!”
Applied to our current political climate the pro-life movement cannot afford to use the excuse “We tried . . . “ as a pillow to cushion our backside from the righteous rod of God’s reproof against compromising His standards”, but rather as a pillow to rest our heads upon when a lesser goal was achieved even though we aggressively held a true and biblical standard—and in the end evil has temporarily triumphed.
feck·less (?fekl?s/) adjective: feckless
lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible.
"a feckless mama's boy"
synonyms: useless, worthless, incompetent, inept, good-for-nothing, no account
We are reminded that our true master Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men."
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Mt 5:13). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.