Beware of Wolves in Pro-Life Sheep's Clothing
My Facebook feed has been filled with effusive praise for the President because he will be making an appearance at the March for Life. As an ardent pro-life advocate, I work and pray for this country to embrace a culture of life, but I am extremely skeptical of this President when it comes to his dedication to that goal.
Putting a pin in the fact that President Trump waited until an election year to speak at the March for Life, an election year in which he has just been Impeached, an election year in which he has made appointing judges to the Supreme Court a major issue, an election year in which he needs Evangelical voters to overlook the first point in favor of the second, there are many other reasons to pause before falling over ourselves with praise for the President. Life is much more than birth, and promoting a culture of life is much more than attending the March for Life. One speech should not erase an abysmal record on life that stretches back decades.
Life is more than birth. Protecting life is more than marches, rallies, and speeches. Truly being pro-life is striving to protect life from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death. Being pro-life means seeing the value in each life from the fetus in the womb to the mother attempting to make ends meet to the immigrant child to the falsely accused teenager to the millions lost to violence. In Jeremiah 1:5, we are told that God knew us as we grew in in our mother’s wombs and had plans for our lives. His plans did not end at our birth, and our protection of life should not end there as well. Cutting millions of dollars from Head Start, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and other early childhood education and child care assistance programs is not pro-life. The President has repeatedly proposed slashing millions of dollars from these programs that making choosing life possible for many women. This should not be forgotten during President Trump’s speech at the March for Life.
Turning away refugees is not pro-life. The Trump administration has lowered the number of refugees allowed to seek sanctuary in America three times, and that number of refugees allowed entry is now at its lowest level since these guidelines were established. Thousands of children have been detained for months in detention centers, and 24 children have died in ICE custody. This should not be forgotten during President Trump’s speech at the March for Life.
Turning a blind eye to the fact that firearms-related injury is the second leading cause of death of children in this country and the number one leading cause of death of African American youth is not pro-life. Taking the debate regarding the Second Amendment out of the equation, President Trump signed a budget that had zero dollars earmarked for gun safety programs despite the millions of lives that have been lost due to firearms. This should not be forgotten during President Trump’s speech at the March for Life.
Paying $85,000 for an ad calling for the execution of 5 teenagers before they’ve had their day in court is not pro-life. In our judicial system, we work from the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law. Yet, Donald Trump took out a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for the execution of 5 falsely accused teenage boys over a year before their trial. Even after these men were exonerated and the real perpetrator was found, now President Trump refuses to rescind or apologize for his statements calling for their deaths. Protecting innocent life includes the lives of the falsely accused. This should not be forgotten during President Trump’s speech at the March for Life.
Withholding aid from American citizens in Puerto Rico is not pro-life. Congress approved $20 billion dollars in aid to Puerto Rico following the devastation left by Hurricane Irma, but of that, only $1.5 billion dollars have been released. $8.2 billion has been held up by the Trump Administration for months by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Approximately a hundred people have lost their lives following the earthquakes that struck the island earlier this month, a number sure to rise without the influx of aid. This should not be forgotten during President Trump’s speech at the March for Life.
In Matthew 7:15, Jesus warns us, ”Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” President Trump will be the first sitting US President to speak at the March for Life, but the wool coat he will be wearing is not because of the winter weather.