Embracing Life -- Day 33

Chandra White-Cummings

Day 33: The Abundance of the Heart

I’ve always loved words. Maybe more specifically, I love the power of words to communicate. In the past, it’s been said that sometimes I might be a little too concerned with the proper use of words. I can’t help it. I appreciate precision and clarity in communication. Why just say dishonest when you really mean disingenuous? You get my point.

That’s why I especially like today’s 40 Days reflection, which focuses on how language is used to dehumanize unborn children. Interesting to consider, isn’t it? In fact, language isn’t just used regarding children, but in other aspects of the choice debate as well. I often get a kick out of observing how pro-abortion people choose to characterize things. One of my favorites is how Planned Parenthood seamlessly–but not invisibly–switched from their focus on “safe sex” to “safer sex.” Very clever. Also very inaccurate, but I’ll save that discussion for another blog, another post. Another language sleight of hand is referring to abortion as reproductive justice. Justice? Really?

This language issue is so important. For one thing, the Bible tells us that what people say originates from, and is an overflow of, what’s in their heart. So if we use language in a way this is intended to deceive, mislead, or otherwise shade the truth, what does that say about what’s in our heart? Conversely, if we seek to honor unborn children, their mothers and families, what should our words be like? Is it okay to refer to the child as “tissue” or a “blob”? For me, that doesn’t even feel right.

The next time you hear any discussion on an important social issue, I encourage you to critically consider the words being used. Are they true? Do they elevate or debase, honor or marginalize? I also challenge all of us to practice a little self-editing when we talk about these things. Remember, your heart is showing.

Find out more at the 40 Days for Life website.

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