Imagine a culture where every human life was respected from his or her natural conception until their natural end. Imagine how it would be if the natural family was upheld as the essential element of a stable society and the best protector of children. Imagine the day when every person works in unity for the common good.
Today, in the name of freedom, so many are working against life, faith and family, and the culture of life that we work for seems so difficult to attain.
Just this week NZ Doctor revealed the results of their survey on euthanasia and assisted suicide. Out of 110 respondents, 13 doctors admitted to having helped a patient to die.
Family Planning have been very busy promoting their sex education programmes at a Physical Education conference for teachers. Sex education (otherwise known as sexuality education) is taught under the Health and Physical Education curriculum in New Zealand schools. Teaching young people about how to obtain pleasure is now a fundamental aspect of their programmes. This is taught alongside the concept of consent (which outside of marriage, is consent to use one another, and is the opposite of real love).
All around the world traditional marriage and the natural family is under attack as governments continue to redefine marriage and children are denied their fundamental right to a mum and a dad.
What must our response to the chaos be?
We have to respond with love and humility. As we are taught in 1 Corinthians 13, that means with patience and kindness and it means always seeking the truth, even if that truth seems harsh. Truth gives us real freedom to be the people that we were created to be.
We must pray for those who work to build a culture of death. Many are misguided. They really do believe that it is right to promote and participate in abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, sex education, the distribution of contraceptives and abortifacients. We must pray for their conversion.
Bernard Nathanson, who performed over 60,000 abortions and was very much involved in the push for legalised abortion in the United States, had a change of heart, and ultimately a conversion to Catholicism, because people of faith prayed for him and treated him with dignity and respect.
All things are possible for those who have faith.
We can work tirelessly on our own steam, but those efforts, while producing some results, will never provide lasting fruitful change. The only real lasting solution is a turning of hearts and minds to God – including our own. As each of us conforms our own will to that of God’s perfect plan, then we will experience lasting peace and a culture that embraces life as a most precious gift to be respected and cherished from its beginning, and where the natural family is recognised as the fundamental cell of society.
There is hope. All throughout New Zealand and the world, there are people faithfully living the Gospel of Life and witnessing to the hope that is within them. From their continued faithfulness the culture of life will be realised.