By Merrick Adams
Editor’s note. Merrick won first place in the 2020 National Right to Life Oratory Contest.
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit.”– C. S. Lewis.
What does it mean to be human? We trek the world, living, working, breathing, loving. Incredibly complex beings, even so, individuals among the masses. We come in all colors, shapes, sizes, ages, abilities, strengths and weaknesses. But I ask you this, are we simply a collection of carbon based chemicals, a mere congregation of animals, with only brains to gap us from the beasts of the earth? If we are animals, then it should be alright to commit mass-genocide of unborn humans, right? After all, many animals kill their young.
Many have believed that humans are nothing more than mere animals. Anton LaVey, the author of the Satanic Bible believed that we are all just animals. He said: “Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all fours . . .”
So what is it that makes us human? No, what is it that makes us divine? What makes us, as CS Lewis says, immortal? To answer this, we must view ourselves through the words of the Creator. From Genesis: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Further . . . “then the Lord God formed a man and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
What sets humanity apart from the beasts? It is the living soul that God breathes into each one of us. Humans are the result of a loving creator expertly designing our minds and bodies to reflect his own. We have life and that is a gift, and it is also sacred.
But there are some from the beginning of time who thought human life was not sacred. Slavery, the Jewish Holocaust, and abortion . . . the same argument, just different time and space: “Not Human, not alive.”
It is a weakness of our American culture today to readily accept the lie that an unborn child has no soul and it is perfectly acceptable to kill them with absolutely no consequences. How can they make the choice to brutally and painfully murder their unborn child? They do it by choosing ignorance, or they are responsible for the death of their child. So they lie. To themselves. And we, as humankind, are incredibly good at it.
80 years ago, Rose found that she was pregnant with her ninth baby. Her previous infant was stillborn. Rose’s children were born into poverty with an alcoholic father who would leave for months at a time. His legacy was the wind. Many would say it would be irresponsible for Rose to carry her child. Many would tell her to have an abortion. But, she didn’t.
That child, Jerry, was my Grandfather who died in September 2018, surrounded by his children and 21 grandchildren. He was an amazing man who loved life and lived it fully. Without my grandfather, I would not exist. I would not be here, telling you his story of grace, forgiveness, and love.
My grandfather was, in the words of CS Lewis, no mere mortal, despite the conditions of his birth. Grandpa was not ordinary, in the same way each of you, and each new life resting in its mother’s womb, each old life, hanging onto their next breath, each race, those smart, those not, those handicapped, those strong . . . are not ordinary. We are not simply a bunch of carbon-based chemicals. We are not utter animals. We are the result of love and a guiding hand in this land of ours where the murder of children is acceptable.
Let us weep, and mourn for each of the millions of unborn children that are brutally murdered every year. Those sacred human beings with feelings, emotions, and a future that is torn away from them.
And let us, save those children, love their mothers and shout from the mountain tops that human life is sacred.