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“You can’t see right now what it will become”: Building “Pro-Life Cathedrals”

by | Feb 21, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

Who are the most influential educators on the abortion issue? No, it’s not the pro-abortion media behemoths who are taking their own pulse and evangelizing the already converted.

It’s you: grassroots pro-lifers all around this great nation. You are the most influential educators. You are the foundation upon which this great human rights Movement is built. Yet you do not get nearly the credit you deserve for bringing new converts into the cause of life.

As I watched some of the Winter Olympics over the weekend and particularly last night, I thought of you when as I occasionally do I pulled up a video that I’ve shared with many people. It’s found here and is titled, “The Invisible Woman.”

In the six-minute video taken from a speech at a women’s conference, Nicole Johnson gently reminds us of something that we know but often forget: that the contributions of mothers are so easily overlooked. Moms can become, in Mrs. Johnson’s word, “invisible.”

For our purposes as pro-lifers (and for me, as the one who is privileged to assemble the NRL News Today posts), there are two primary applications. I get paid to do something that–were I able to–I’d do for free: work with members of the greatest Movement for social justice of our time using the skills that God gave me.

How blessed it that?!

But I am hardly “invisible.” A lot of people receive what I compose Monday through Saturday at National Right to Life News Today and many others run across it searching for information on abortion. That is on top of the ever-growing number who read our monthly edition of National Right to Life News on line.

(By the way, you can read the entire current issue at www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/February2018NRLNews.pdf.) Pro-lifers write me every day to say overly kind things.

However I never, ever forget that what I do has whatever influence it has strictly and entirely because of you. National Right to Life News Today and National Right to Life News make a difference to the extent that they help equip you, grassroots America, to do the kind of out-of-the-spotlight work that is gradually changing the culture of America.

And that, of course, applies not just to my small piece of the pie, but to all the departments at National Right to Life. Make no mistake, you are the engine that drives this Movement.

Mrs. Johnson’s other application to us as pro-lifers is her use of the imagery of a cathedral. She tells the story of a friend who had returned from a trip abroad and gave her a book about the great Cathedrals of Europe.

Mrs. Johnson said that in the days that followed she would “devour” the book. From it she drew “four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work.” They are,

  • No one can say who built the great cathedrals — we have no record of their names.
  • These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
  • They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.
  • The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

Mrs. Johnson told her audience that she came to appreciate that she was building a strong, loving family–-a “Cathedral”-–that would not be finished in her lifetime.

I will never forget what she said: “You can’t see right now what it will become.”

I find an exact parallel in you-–the people who make our Movement–-and what you are building.

Your day-in and day-out, year-in and year-out sacrifices on behalf of the unborn babies you most likely will never see are helping to erect a vibrant, ever-growing, and, in the end, unstoppable force for good—a pro-life “Cathedral.”

No right-to-lifer that I have met expected credit for his or her selflessness. You toil faithfully–-even though it is the nature of what you are building that, right now, you cannot see “what it will become”–-because laboring on behalf of unborn babies and their mothers is the right thing to do.

And whether you are publicly acclaimed–as you should be–or overlooked—which you shouldn’t be– what matters is that your life-affirming work is seen by the One who matters, the Architect of Life.

Let me end with the last paragraph of an excerpt from a small book Mrs. Johnson wrote, “The Invisible Woman.” (Since our Movement is comprised largely of women, substituting “right-to-lifers” for “mothers” seems only right.)

“As right-to-lifers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we’re doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible right-to-lifers.”

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