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Written on the Heart

Isn’t it tragic to hear reports about the variety of sexual abuse stories in the media these days? Whether it is a Hollywood mogul or a physician, the stories just keep piling up! Perhaps the worst part of all this is that it extends far beyond men and women in everyday life. This problem bubbles up all the way into the world of those ordained to a higher calling.

As if these nauseating reports were not enough, we are bombarded with versions of what the First Amendment to the Constitution means. It seems that free speech rights can be used to deny freedom of speech rights, as in the case of pregnancy care centers. On the other hand, these same constitutional rights are used in defense of people like Michelle Carter, the young woman who sent dozens of texts to her boyfriend, encouraging him to go ahead and commit suicide, if that is what he wanted to do. That was 2014.  And yes, her boyfriend did take his own life.

In 2017, Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Now in 2018, Carter’s attorneys are appealing that decision, arguing that “because the judge convicted Carter for what she said, or failed to say, not what she did, this case implicates free speech under the 1st Amendment.” If her attorneys are victorious, she walks.

So we wonder what in the world is wrong with people these days? Doesn’t anything upset us enough to cry out in defense of truth and justice?

Maybe not. We know that perverse things have been happening since the beginning of the human race, but with the advent of more and louder types of communication, the effects of such evil invade every nook and cranny of our daily lives.

So in light of this new reality in our culture, it is time to recall the words of Alexander Hamilton, who wrote in 1775: “The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the Hand of Divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”

Such profound words state a truth that cannot be avoided. Whether we like it or not, the profound truth written by Hamilton—and many wise men before him and after him—is true. It was St. Paul who reminded the Romans that men cannot deny the “effect of the Law engraved on their hearts, to which their own conscience bears witness.”

So what has gone wrong? Well, when man chooses to exercise his free will and deny God and His laws, he begins the process of deadening his conscience. He does this with the happy help of the devil himself whose tactics are not only cunning but effective.

Cursing the darkness

Understanding this is the first step toward learning how we can be beacons of light to our fellow human beings, especially those who have lost their way.

Rather than curse this darkness that has so severely undermined the truth Hamilton called “a sunbeam,” we must be watchmen. We must be willing to stand up and tell that truth, regardless of whether those hearing it like it or not.

Principle does not change because of opinion polls.

Truth does not change because of political agendas.

Reminding our fellow human beings that right is right, wrong is wrong, killing is bad and sacrificing one’s self for the good of another is our job. That is what being pro-life is all about.

The truth is written on the heart of every man. Let us be like the gnats of the backside of an elephant—agitating for the Lord by constantly reminding people of this truth. Persist and never give up!

Be sunbeams, helping to remind others of that truth written on their hearts and ours.