According to Wickipedia.com, “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. The phrase is meant to exemplify the “unalienable rights” with which all human beings are endowed for the protection of which they institute governments.”
Isn’t that interesting? In order to protect the “unalienable rights” of all human beings, those human beings instituted government to ensure their protection, and yet this week mark’s the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion, thereby guaranteeing not only the non-protection of a certain class of human beings, but actually guaranteeing the murder of millions of those in our society with the greatest need for protection.
For years pro-abortion advocates used the banner of a woman’s right to choose as the justification for the killing of the yet to be born. These days they seek to persuade the public that this is really a woman’s health issue. Think of the irony of that statement. Essentially, what pro-abortionists are saying to women is, “It’s your life, and you have the right to protect your life by taking the life of your own children.”
Those important words from our Declaration of Independence are preceded by even more important words,”We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Our founding fathers understood that all human beings have equal value in the eyes of their Creator, and therefore should have equal value in our eyes.
Standing up for the yet to be born, speaking up for those who cannot yet speak, speaking out for their protection is both right and needed, but the greatest work the Church can do in our culture to stop the killing of the innocent is to help people see people through the eyes of God. To do that we must help them know the love of God. We must help them discover where true life, liberty, and happiness is found, not in a life focused on self, but instead, focused on “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6)
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