Last week we watched as a little boy, Alfie Evans, opened the eyes of people all across the world to the dignity inherent in each and every human being.
He didn’t address Congress. He didn’t propose legislation. He didn’t post his thoughts or research to the Internet. He didn’t draw thousands to a stadium to hear him speak.
He just breathed.
One little breath at a time.
The medical professionals said he couldn’t, but he did. And he continued to breathe on his own for five days before he went to his eternal rest. While he breathed, people cheered. They prayed. They tweeted and posted all over the Internet. They rallied around his cause. They began debates and conversations that needed to be had—in families, in communities, and in public.
This wasn’t just any news story. We saw amazing video of him very much alive. We heard his father’s voice and saw his mother’s tender touch. We connected with Alfie and his family from across the world, and when he took his last little breath, we mourned.
I believe there are moments in history in which God uses circumstances (no matter how evil) to awaken people from their slumber. This was one of those moments. God knew Alfie would be treated unjustly, but, while He allowed those intent upon killing Alfie Evans the free will to do so, He also set the stage to create some good out of this tragic situation.
God woke us up—again.
This wasn’t the first time that a little guy, unable to defend his own right to life, was abused by a system that devalues human life. Charlie Gard died less than a year ago. Across the US and the world this scenario of end-of-life decisions being stripped from family and put into the hands of doctors and judges plays out more and more frequently.
Once again we are reminded that we must fight for the value and dignity of all human beings. God used Alfie’s breath to stir our hearts and to light a flame. And we cannot let that flame go out. We must stay awake and do our part to ensure that our children and our grandchildren grow up in a world that values the lives of all human beings.
The good news is that you don’t have to be famous. You don’t have to be political. You don’t even have to have a social media platform. You just have to be willing to let God use you right where you are.
At the Culture of Life Studies Program we spend a lot of time talking about how easy it is to live as a pro-life witness. We’re all about the simple things: starting pro-life conversations with your kids while reading a good, moral book; gently beginning tough discussions with older teens and young adults using our discussion guides; participating in family activities that help motivate and activate your children, preparing them to live the pro-life messages of love and mercy; and providing unit studies and lessons that can be woven into your classroom, school, homeschool, co-op, or religious education curriculum.
We’ve done the prep work for you so you can just take moments with your children to learn and prepare them to impact the culture in a positive way.
If you are anything like us, then what happened to Alfie Evans shocked you to your core. But it didn’t start last week, last month, last year, or even in this decade. What happened to Alifie started in the development of the human character of those involved. It started when these doctors, lawyers, judges, and government officials were small children being influenced and educated by the world around them. Somewhere along their journey these decision-makers bought the lie that it’s okay to devalue human life. They bought the lie that the vulnerable are disposable and that mercy is equated with death. And if you are anything like us, then you understand that you have to do something. You have to make a difference.
Here are some ways you can make that difference:
God uses those little moments, when we let Him, to change the world. It was just one small rock in the hands of a willing young man that took down a giant. It was five modest loaves and two fish that fed thousands. And it was one little breath after another that ignited a flame in our hearts last week.
What part will you play in bringing back a culture of life for our children and grandchildren?
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Catherine Daub is the director for the Culture of Life Studies Program which emphasizes 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.