By Dave Andrusko
How can you gauge how well a speech is received? If we take the Thursday night General Session featuring Benjamin Watson, as an example, we’d look at the packed room and the line of upwards of a hundred people waiting to purchase his new book, “The New Fight for Life: Roe, Race, and a Pro-Life Commitment to Justice” and conclude his talk was a smashing success.
Watson, a former long-time tight end for several teams, describes himself as a “Super Bowl Champion, Believer, Husband, Father, Pro-Life and Justice Advocate.” He could add to that spellbinding orator.
In the aftermath of Dobbs v. Jackson, some things have changed, he said, but one thing is constant and unchanging: the need to get down on our knees and pray to our Heavenly Father.
Watson emphasized the role of men in the abortion battle—and challenged men to be good husbands who affirm their wives. He made clear that this is often conveyed man-to-man.
Watson asked a pivotal question: “What’s your why?” Why are we in Pittsburgh at a conference that at one and the same time is celebrating Dobbs while girding our loins for a state-by-state battle?
The key for Watson, and many, many others is found in Micah 6:8—
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
In an important way that is Watson’s life verse: Do Justice, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly.
When Watson finished the crowd rose to give him a standing ovation—and rush out the door to purchase his book.