Being Pro Life is not an easy mission. Being Pro life doesn’t just mean a label of what your heart is called to be. It’s a lifestyle that we have to live everyday in the culture of death. Now this sounds intimidating, because it can be. Here are a few tips on how to pursue life while loving others with opposing views.
1. Know What You Have Control Over
You have no control (though some influence) over how other people react to things, but you have absolute control over how you react and your attitude. As a Pro Life advocate, you’ll be facing a lot of challenges in your daily life. In order to overcome any opposition, you must take the high road and master your attitude. Demonstrate your confidence and positive attitude, even if you don’t feel like it! What often helps me is to pray while the other person is talking so I can keep my temper.
“Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.” – Ecclesiastes 7:9
2. Take Risks
Let’s face it, being Pro Life has it’s risks. There are other peers and authority figures that may not support the God given right of life. Oftentimes speaking up for the defenseless can be overwhelming. A Pro Life advocate who continually plays it safe will never put themselves, or others in a position to experience success. You may want to choose the safest paths, but if you stick with doing the same old thing because of fear, then you will become paralyzed.
“They who want to win the world for Christ must have the courage to come into conflict with it.” – Blessed Titus Brandsma
3. Approach Everything In Life With Love
The person who has opposing views is still loved by God, just as much as you. With this, be humble and know the facts. If you don’t remember a fact on abortion tell them you’ll have to double check the facts and you’ll get back to them. And do it with a smile. Kill them with kindness especially because Pro Lifers are known to be rude.
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in Love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Just remember that being pro life doesn’t just mean against abortion, it means much much more. It means that we believe all life has dignity and value. It’s more than a state of mind. It creates great sadness hearing that innocent babies are being disposed of like damaged property. It’s a commitment to activism. It’s providing prayers to the people who are affected by abortion. It’s to do what God has written on our heart and to do it now. It means to live for others, it means to bring the Church to the streets and to bring streets to the polling place, and bring healing to our world.
“For we are God’s handmade created in Christ Jesus to do works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10