Author: Lisa Graas
•6/01/2003 10:10:00 PM
June 2, 2003
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"In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world."

We recently learned about the capture of Eric Rudolph, suspect in the bombings in Centennial Park, an abortion clinic, an office building and a night club. Many Christians have speculated about whether or not the abortion clinic bombing, at least, might have been a righteous act. Today's readings providentially give us the answer to this troubling question. Jesus said, "In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world." Obviously, what Eric Rudolph did was a cowardly act and not a courageous one. Had he placed his trust in Jesus, he would never have taken this action even against those whose hands are covered in the blood of innocent children. He might have killed a room filled with pregnant women. What would this have accomplished? Fear not. All is not lost. No matter what manner of death and destruction we may see around us, Jesus has conquered the world. Christianity will not fail, and so we are to take courage and continue to work with the means still available to us -- outreach, education, and legislation. This three-pronged effort of the pro-life movement has not failed, so we have no right to declare war against those who commit acts of abortion. Other means are not only available to us, but they have also been very successful. While abortion is still legal in the United States, millions of babies that might otherwise have been aborted have been saved by the pro-life movement. Eric Rudolph has, arguably, saved no one.

God bless you.

Love from Lisa
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