“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Monday, December 14, 2015


On January 22nd 2016, good people from across America will gather in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life. It is a solemn annual observance of 58 million unborn human lives deliberately killed by abortion under the infamous 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court legalizing abortion throughout America. The holocaust of posterity continues unabated year after year.

If past such gathering are any indication, hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans will descend on the national Capitol with a united and abiding hope for an enlightened future where every life will be cherished, cared for and protected. America's pro-life people are some of the finest citizens in the nation! 

Yes, they mourn the senseless loss of life by abortion; they decry its continuance for forty-two years. They dare to hope for an end to the wanton slaughter of the youngest members of America's human community. They understand and still hold to the self-evident truth articulated in their foundational and towering Declaration, "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Real liberty and happiness are never won by oppression or killing the weakest in society. Never confuse licence with liberty.

And so hundreds of thousands of  America's best citizens will
go to Washington to demand that the abortion holocaust end. They hope and demand a better future of human equality even though their voices may fall on deaf ears of the President and Democrats in the U.S. Congress. But they are compelled by conscience, decency and faith to speak the truth anyway. They are not the first to do this. People against slavery went before them a few hundred years earlier. 

Abraham Lincoln said:

"We will win more converts each day. We will grown strong by the violence and the injustice of our adversaries and unless truth be a mockery and justice a hollow lie, we will be in the majority."

Truth is not a mockery. Justice is not a hollow lie. The goodness within America's pro-Life citizens knows this. Their commitment to life must not wane, they must tire or despair during these dark times.

The glorious day of a culture of life is still far off. A new cultural storm is gathering on the horizon in the form of euthanasia and assisted suicide acceptance.  People of Life must brace for another battle. Menacing clouds of untruth and injustice threaten all they (and I) hold dear. People of life must stand resolute and strong against a new storm of state sanctioned killing. 

It is precisely because truth is not a mockery and justice not a hollow lie, that God's people must stand against the lies and injustice that swept abortion across the landscape. It is necessary again because soon the lies of unfettered autonomy and twisted notions of choice will swallow up incurably ill, disabled and defeated Americans by euthanasia and assisted suicide; they will sink beneath storm-tossed waves of their circumstances. 

Some truths are are self-evident but so are some lies. To borrow a adaptation of Abraham Lincoln's words, the pro-Life cause will win more converts each day. We will grown strong by the violence and the injustice of our adversaries ..." 

Yes, it is precisely because truth is not a mockery and Justice is not a hollow lie that I believe the sky will one day clear to reveal sunlight uplands of God's Truth. Justice will brightly shine again and the madness of our culture of death will fade away and pass into history like a bad dream. 

Human life in every state and stage will be embraced as indispensable members of the human community. Future generations will look back at this dark time with the same disdain as we look back at slavery. 

I have been asked by the Archdiocese of Washington to speak to the
St, Matthew the Apostle
Cathedral, Washington, DC
Adult Rally and Mass
 at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral, just prior to the 2016 March for Life. (It is where President Kennedy's body lay in-state after his 1963 assassination.) I feel sheepish and ashamed to enter the august company of America's great pro-Life citizens.

I will simply go as a man who has an abiding love for America and has endured incurable disease and disability for more than 30 years. I will speak against two assisted suicide bills being entertained by the legislatures in Maryland and District of Columbia. I will speak about men and abortion for I personally know that grief too. I will speak about caring for loved-ones at the end of life because that too is part of my life experience.  

But mostly I want to encourage good and upright American people not to despair in standing for truth and justice that is found in a culture of life. I want to encourage them on in unflagging commitment to end abortion and speak for life with dignity -- even when life is at its end.

I will remind them of the courageous voices of the past who spoke against slavery in America. They are our example. They did not stop until slavery was stopped. Nor should pro-life citizens stop advocating for every life until every life is cared for and protected. It is critically important, because, just as we hear in the clip below, "what it in fact concerns, is the very nature of man."

[See video clip below from the movie 1997 movie Amistad with Sir Anthony Hopkins portraying the historical event of John Quincy Adams addressing the U.S. Supreme Court on slavery.] 


Viva Cristo Rey said...

Your articles are always spot on with both truth and charity.

Mark Davis Pickup said...

Thank you for your kind comment. Like I said in this piece, some truths may be self-evident but so are some lies. The supposed right to choose death for another human being is a lie. Unfetter autonomy with no responsibility to others, the Common Good or posterity is another lie of monstrous proportions.

Bay Max said...

You have said it right dreams are the one that make us live, it is scientific truth that even if you try hard you can never remember how your dream started. This shows that what are dreams all about, and how to take serious about it.