I am writing to announce this year’s life chain event. What is the life chain? It is a nation wide silent protest against abortion that takes place every October. For one hour we stand holding signs with prolife messages. This year we will meet on Sunday, Oct. 30, in front of John Cleaveland Realty at 2 p.m.
As I prepared for this year’s event, I tried to think of words that would inspire, motivate, and nudge people to action. While words are important, my focus should be more on what it is that keeps people from taking part in the life chain. My theory as to why people who are staunchly pro-life choose to sit it out can be summed up in one word ... ridicule.
Just the sound of ridicule conjures up memories of hurt and possibly even anger. I’ve heard it said that a battle-hardened man will wilt in a second when subjected to ridicule. There is something about being mocked that pierces to the bone. We find ourselves at a loss for words, deflated, and paralyzed when we are ridiculed. I think it is safe to say we can retire the old “sticks and stones may break my bones” saying. Undoubtedly, there will be a few people who disagree with what the life chain symbolizes and the message it portrays. We usually pick up on their contempt by either the coarse words they use or the use of a certain finger.
Adrian Rogers once said, “Ridicule is a substitute for reason and laughter is a substitute for logic.” That is so true. We should be encouraged and strengthened by the fact that we are on the side of the truth, and the truth trumps schoolyard taunts and a middle digit any day of the week.
A great example of someone overcoming her fear of retaliation to come to the aid of the innocent was Corrie Ten Boom. Corrie Ten Boom and her family hid and harbored Jews during WWII. When Corrie Ten Boom’s father was reminded that his family could lose their lives for hiding a Jewish woman and her baby from the Nazis, he said, “We could lose our lives for this child. I would consider that the greatest honor that could come to my family.” This honor was bestowed on most of the Ten Boom family before the end of the war. If some people are willing to risk death to protect even one innocent child, I think we can endure a little ridicule in order to speak for millions.
Waylon Chastain — Highlands, N.C.