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Don’t Give Up the Fight for Life When Opposing Voices Threaten to Drown You Out

By CHRIS QUEEN

On Saturday night, I had reached the depths of discouragement. It didn’t help that I had spent the day baking in the sun at my niece’s softball tournament followed by a long drive home, but what I saw on social media made me struggle to stay out of despair.

The first blows came in one announcement after another about how corporations are willing to stretch the definition of “benefit” beyond recognition by paying for employees to travel from state to state to obtain abortions. Then came posts from friends that started out with “I’m pro-life, but…” but followed up with statements that no pro-life person would utter. It didn’t take long for me to wonder, “What’s the use in fighting for life when everything is stacked against us?”

Then a couple of scriptures came to mind. The Apostle John wrote in a letter to one of the early churches, “Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.” That verse echoes some of the words Jesus gave to His disciples just hours before He went to the cross: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”…

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