You’re pro-life. You pray to end abortion and talk about pro-life issues in your circle of friends. But when a coworker, neighbor, or perfect stranger makes a passing comment about a “woman’s choice,” you don’t know what to do. By the time you can think of a rebuttal, the subject has passed and bringing it up again might make you look like a pro-life fanatic.
“But I don’t want to offend my friend/neighbor/coworker,” you say. What you don’t realize is that your silence is your tacit agreement with the statement.
The list is endless. The point is, we don’t speak up because we’re afraid of something. That could be losing our reputation or public image, or maybe even losing friends. But we shouldn’t be afraid, for we have the truth on our side.
As the Bible reminds us, we have no reason to fear: “Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 NABRE).
With God on your side, who can stand against you? Part of living the gospel of life is sharing it with others. Instructing the ignorant is actually something we are called to do as a work of mercy.
We are each called to build a culture of life using our own unique talents. Some of us are outspoken extroverts who love arguments, while others are introverted and prefer a quiet corner with a book to read. Every personality has its strengths. Use yours to help build a culture of life with every person you encounter.
Are you a people person? Do you thrive on talking to others and sharing stories? If you answered yes to these questions, you are an extrovert. You have a natural gift for engaging others in conversation or being the life of the party. For you, sharing the pro-life message with others is a joy.
But how do you spread the truth with compassion so you can help transform hearts? Here are a few ideas to help you spread the culture of life:
Are you quiet and reserved, someone who doesn’t always say aloud what you’re thinking? Do you find parties exhausting and frequently need time to yourself? If so, you are likely an introvert. Just because you prefer quiet solitude doesn’t mean you don’t have a role in spreading the gospel.
Not everything you do to build a culture of life has to put you in the center of attention. Even if you’re shy or have a fear of public speaking, you don’t have any excuses not to try to spread the pro-life message.
Practice speaking about abortion to help you build confidence so that you can go out and talk to others in more stressful situations. Do you fear confronting others? Here’s what you can do instead:
Make a commitment to do something every single day to help end abortion. Educate yourself on pro-life issues, then educate your children. This summer, American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program will release Defend Life, a four-week unit study for 7th and 8th graders which teaches them how to defend every human being, from the moment of their creation until death.
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Mary Kizior is a content developer for American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program, which stresses the culture of life as an integral part of every academic discipline. CLSP is dedicated to helping students become effective communicators of the pro-life message.