Seven years ago, when we built this house, we splurged on one luxury item, an over-sized double-headed shower. Boy, are we glad we did. (Pun intended!) Now that we have four boys between the ages of four and ten, shower time is paramount. In order to cycle all the boys in and out quickly we will often throw a few of them in together. We call it the man shower.
Most of the shower antics are reminiscent of the movie Animal House. On Sunday, however, all four came out unusually somber.
“Everything go OK in there?” I asked glancing at my husband who had been supervising.
“Uh-huh,” My oldest man began, “I was just telling my brothers about Martin Luther King Jr.”
“You were? What did you tell them?” I anxiously inquired this time glancing at my littlest man who was especially quiet.
“I told them, that a long time ago in America people used to treat other people badly just because they had dark skin and Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against this and is remembered for his courage.”
“He was shoted and killed.” My little man piped in.
“Yes, he was.” I sighed pulling him close and brushing his wet hair with my fingers. “It is sad that he lost his life. He worked hard so others could see the dignity of all God’s people and we remember him because he made a difference. He was very brave.”
“That was quite a conversation the boys had in the shower.” I said to my husband later that evening. He smiled and nodded.
We have been watching a series on PBS on the Abolitionists this month and have been captivated by their courageous efforts in the face of such horrific evil. In hindsight we can see how their fearless dedication to upholding the dignity of all human life ushered in the eradication of slavery in a country once starkly divided. Years and years of letters, speeches, protests and even violence began to chip away at the line that separated our nation. Much was lost but so much more was gained.
We couldn’t help draw an eerie comparison to the cause of so many in the Church today in the combat against the evils of abortion. Both abolitionists and pro-life supporters understand the absolute dignity of human life is critical to fight for even when the forecast of change looks bleak. Both recognize the invisible dividing line that pits one side against the other over what many simplify as a right to choose at the expense of human dignity and life. Both are familiar with the relentless attack that often accompanies every worthwhile effort of change. And both are stirred by something deeper than politics, policy and procedures, they are motivated by the undeniable truth that all men are created equal.
So, today as we remember the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade and the desolation that this decision has cost our country, let us look with hope at the work of men like Mr. King, who is also remembered this week, and the hundreds of people who have walked this road before him with courage and sacrifice remembering that it is never too late for change.