The Culture of Life versus the Culture of Death

During the 20th and 21st centuries mankind has encountered a major conflict that is a civil war of ideas – namely the Culture of Life versus the Culture of Death.

The Culture of Death has been rampant.  Consider the first and second world wars plus the many other bitter conflicts, genocides, massacres and the killing fields sacrificing the lives of millions of innocent human beings.

Consider the savagery of the holocaust.  Consider the damage to human life caused by demonic madmen – men without conscience – men full of anger and hate – men who lived and acted like savages.  The names of Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, Stalin, Pol Pot, and the list goes on and on.  Remember the perpetrators of the Nazi genocide and great purges in the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, and elsewhere.  At the same times, think of all of the great advances of the 20th and 21st centuries especially the medical advances to enhance and preserve human life.  Yet at the very same time the human race in many ways also stepped backwards when it came to protecting human life.

The culture of death is still alive.  Consider also the innocent lives lost in abortion clinics around the world – millions of babies are sacrificed to the likes of the gospel of “NARAL’s Pro-Choice America.” Their lives are snuffed out before they can enjoy the light of day, the sunshine, and the loving embraces of their parents.

In Denver in 1993, Pope John Paul II proclaimed that the “culture of life means respect for nature and protection of God’s work of creation. In a special way, it means respect for human life from the first moment of conception until its natural end.”

Today, we, activists and pro-life believers, are really counter culture.  Why?  We reject society’s culture of death.  We are politically incorrect when we defend unborn human life.  That is good.  By our lives and actions we silently preach the culture of life.  We stand up for human life and we will defend it.  We celebrate and welcome each new child into our lives and families.

In proclaiming the culture of life today here on the streets of Washington and before the Supreme Court, we need to consider and ask ourselves if we are consistent across the board in our pro-life thinking and beliefs.

When we proclaim to be opposed to certain practices as destructive of human life, do we include embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, capital punishment, and unjust wars of agression?

All of us need to seriously think all of this over, and that takes time and thought and prayer.  We should try to be consistent across the board as we stand up for human life and proclaim to others the culture of life.  This article was written by Past DC State Board President, John E. McInerney.